Life was going carefree until someone slammed me with a brutal truth about my country. 400 million poor live in India. That means every third person is poor. That hurt my patrotism and stole my sleep. So I woke up in the morning and did some investigation of my own.
So I wake up and prepare to go to the office. While leaving the house, I run into the landlady:
“My landlady cannot be poor, she has a big house in this posh area.”
Then I go to a shop to get some tea and snacks:
“There is no way the shopkeeper can be poor, I mean look at the shop and look at the crowd.”
Then I pick up an auto-rickshaw to the bus station:
“This auto-wala, can he be poor. Nah, he cannot, he has a mobile of his own. Oh btw, Its against the rules to talk on phone while driving!”
Then I catch a bus:
“Can this bus driver be poor? No, I dont think so, he is a government servent, government wouldn’t pay anyone below poverty line.”
I see some slums while travelling in the bus:
“So here are the poor, I finally see them. Oh no, they can’t be poor, they have satellite TVs. How can they be poor if they can afford them?”
And finally I reach into my office:
“Well, well, this place is in par with the first world standards, no one here in his wildest dreams can be poor.”
After office, I reach home and go to a restaurant:
“Can this waiter be poor?No he cannot, consider the crowd here, and the tip each one them pays, he can earn so much apart from his regular salary”
And so I go to sleep with a satisfaction:
“Ah, so they were just trying to fool. See its not so easy to fool me.”
Wish, it was true!!!
true indeed.not only below poverty line people are poor ..but in India or thruout the world,people with a lot of money are also poor in mental peace n satisfaction.
Masterpiece i should say! But you know, here in France they say poor people in India seem satisfied. And they are not snatchers or greedy as in Europe. If you can’t make them rich, make them happy at least. So i guess this is on the better side. ‘Cause being happy counts more than being rich. But one thing striked me when they said, rich people in India doesn’t really care of their surroundings which is quite true to its words. And this is what adding more numbers to 400 million which is really sad.
how to france ppl know abt the poors in india?
kher, wats with ur name… 😛
Well they also visit our country sometime, and about the name, just like that, funny no? 😀
wow…. guess I never looked at it that way….
u have a really positive point of view of things. 🙂
Honestly Sanmukh, what I feel is.. this is sheer optimism from your side. There are and will be people below the poverty line in India. Didn’t you meet that beggar on the traffic signal, the one with a limp on his right leg, unruly hair, stinking like hell, and they look at you with eyes of hope.. so that you could give him as much (as little for us) for his one time meal..God it hurts to even feel that way. You know my there is a caste of people, who are not allowed to do any other work other than cleaning the higher caste’s shit. (Yes it sounds shitty ..)How on planet earth are they going to manage to be not poor ? Yes my comment sounds pessimistic .. but it is true.. at-least for the 400 million people of India. Life is harsh, it is pathetic. Yet we are lucky enough to be born where we have never seen the real suffering that life can entitle one to. Gratitude To The Maker.
Being abroad for sometime, I realized the system, the culture heritage that we Indians brag about makes India has actually chained it to a wall from where its really difficult to break free and rise. See where we are now. Biharis are killed in Maharashtra, obviously people back in bihar do not stop from avenging. Trains full of people intentionally being derailed, for fulfilling unruly demands. Ohk Cut the crap ..I’ll rather write a blog then so long a comment.. its getting too long and boring ! Lots of blabber!
Hats off to your optimism my friend …Cheers !
Nice one yaar! samajh mein nhi aa raha support karun yah marun teri :P. Well I would say, the moral of story is that we know right now we can’t do much about this poverty then at least we should get tense think about it much to ruin our day.
Good post man… loved it! 🙂