India faces a perennial shortage of coins. I can safely bet that every person who has spent a few hours either travelling or shopping anywhere in India would have heard this common refrain – Sorry saar, no change.

Be it the autorickshaw driver, your grocery storekeeper or the pushcart fruit vendor – nobody ever has the required change.So where are the coins disappearing?

All the while I thought it was our regretful habit of hoarding them in our large piggy banks but a recent vist to one of the malls got me an answer most unexpected. See it for yourself.

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