While in Mysore, ashacat and I stopped in a government-run handicrafts emporium; we bought some gifts for folks back home, and I picked up a silk necktie. That tie cost RS 550 ($12.50). In the U.S. it would probably go for around a hundred bucks. We also purchased a pair of silk scarves there for RS 325 apiece. I have no idea what ladies fine silk scarves go for here, but I imagine that it's a lot more than seven dollars and thirty-nine cents.
If you total up all of the expenses for our four-day trip to Mysore (train, hotel, food, hired car, tips, shopping, museum fees, etc) and the cost of the dinner we hosted for thirty family members, it comes out to a bit over 23,000 Rupees -- an absolute steal at $528. Or, in other words, in two weeks we spent the equivalent of two years income for a poor substance farmer in India.
I'm still thinking about that.