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Where do we stand when we step into the 14th year of the millennium

The yardsticks used to choose the figures: (All figures are approximate.) Average salary of mid-level executive with 10 years’ service in sensex-listed companies. Cellphone tariff per minute average. Air ticket fares when bought in advance. Honda City current price is that of the old-generation car: ex-showroom prices for 2000 and now quoted by two dealers. Ericsson R380 was counted as smartphone for 2000 as it was one of the first to be marketed as a smartphone, and the Karbonn A1Plus Duple model now as it is one of the most affordable. Flatscreen TV Sony 32” LCD was taken into account for 2000 and Sony LED 32” now. Beer 650ml. Movie ticket prices those of Priya Cinema Dress Circle in 2000 and INOX now.

Caution: The inflation figures given here are based on the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) as there were no separate data in 2000 on food inflation and retail inflation, which give a truer representation as the prices ordinary people pay are retail prices. The WPI is now at 6% but food inflation rules at a far higher 14.7 per cent and retail inflation at 11.2 per cent. Higher food inflation would mean your expenditure on food items is growing at a faster pace than earlier.

Why this colour: Pantone, a New Jersey-based company considered an authority on colour trends in fashion and design, has chosen “radiant orchid” — a shade of fuchsia blended with purple and pink undertones — as the colour of 2014. The colour of 2000 was cerulean (blue).