Muhammed Sadiq folds them, staples them and turns currency notes into a magnificent garland with the flourish of an expert artist
Money is a kind of poetry, said the great American poet Wallace Stevens.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the work of the “note mala” makers as their nimble fingers deftly turn a prosaic medium of purchase into a work of art.
Indeed, the craft of making a garland of banknotes has its own rhythm, like the cadence of poetry.
These garlands are made for bridegrooms, many of whom keep the garlands for life.
We came across note mala maker Muhammed Sadiq in Old Delhi’s Chitli Qabar Chowk. He also sells flowers and his stall is next to a “ladies tailor”.
While ATMs spit out crisp small-value notes into eager hands, Mr Sadiq’s practiced fingers do it with much more delicacy.
He usually gets orders for ₹1,000 garlands made of ₹10 notes.
The young man charges Rs 200 per garland. Each time he receives an order from a wedding “party”, he takes a short walk to the nearby money exchange stalls for wads of crisp tenners.
As reported by HT