These are hard times.
With the world economy in turmoil and the Indian growth story also taking a few blows, Pranab Mukherjee and his Budget 2012 have become all the more important.
Ahead of the Finance Minister's speech, Sify.com with India Blooms spoke to a cross-section of people across the nation.
The two questions that we asked were:
1) What was the biggest financial blow they had to endure in the year went by?
2) And what are the biggest steps they would like the finance minister to take in his budget?
Here is what our respondents had to say...