The scale of India's cash economy can be seen in the Azadpur Mandi
wholesale fruit and vegetable market. Trucks bring load after load of
fresh produce to its grimy lanes every day. Then a complex web of
wholesale merchants, smaller traders and retailers delivers the produce
to most of north India.
Almost every transaction, like most in India, is done in cash. And business at the massive New Delhi market is evaporating, the food spoiling and wasted, two weeks after the government's surprise currency move made more than 80 percent of India's banknotes useless.