My chauffeur, Surinder, is not too familiar with the ways of the modern world.
Early one morning he came to my house and excitedly told my better half:
सरकार नया राशन कार्ड बना रही है। साहब को लेकर चलिये (The government is making new ration cards, wake-up sahib, let’s go).
My wife shrugged him off – partially because of sleep and partially because we don’t need a ration card.
A ration card was perhaps one of the most important documents in any Indian household a couple of decades ago. It was a one-stop solution for identification, address proof and a guarantee to subsidized food grains from the government public distribution systems.