There is a hilarious folk tale about a traveller who visited a distant land where ordinary vegetables were sold for the same price as exquisite sweetmeats.
If that traveller were to visit present day India, he would come across so many more bewildering contradictions that the medieval Chaupat Raja's reign would pale in comparison. It is a country where rice sells at Rs. 40 a kilo, but SIM Cards come for free.
It is a land where people make arduous pilgrimages to shrines of goddesses but kill their daughters in the womb. It is a mindset that seeks out a fancy mobile in preference to a basic toilet.