Misters Mukharji and Kathotia: The economies of the city

Martin Beattie*, Stefan Ecks

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This article reflects on the meanings of money in the lives of two very different people from Kolkata. Mr Mukharji, a 60 year-old Bengali man, was a branch manager of a state bank who devoted his life to Tantrik Yoga. Mr. Kathotia, a Marwari man, was a wholesale paper dealer, with an interest in stamp and coin collecting. After first developing a theoretical framework on the sociology of money, the authors go on to describe their encounters with these two people, their different ethnic belongings, their social and working lives and what matters to them in life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-458
Number of pages13
JournalContemporary South Asia
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jan 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jan 2021


  • Bengali
  • Kolkata
  • markets
  • Marwari
  • meaning of life
  • money
  • Tantra
  • trust


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