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Nadodikattu – III : What we beg for!!

January 12, 2009

In India, we find people begging for money so that they can fill their stomach but in America, you find that people beg so that they can get money to fill their car with petrol!!

(Photo Taken by this ordinary guy/She did not see me, so don’t worry/Don’t call that number in red LOL)
Last week, in the petrol pump, a gentleman (dressed pretty well) came up to me and very eloquently asked me for a dollar for petrol and I gave him that because he was so glib.
This is how poor the poor are. People here, have the government to take care of them for basic human needs……
Everything is relative, isn’t it……?
Maybe this is how “Being Poor in America” is defined as…..
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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Indian Home Maker permalink
    January 12, 2009 8:26 am

    Isn’t it amazing! I hope one day we see such beggars in India …
    What a thing to hope for!

  2. Ajit permalink
    January 12, 2009 8:35 am

    hahahahha, if that day comes, then people will not give them money……… in India 🙂

    LOL

  3. Solilo permalink
    January 12, 2009 9:04 am

    Every time I see this title ‘Nadodikattu’ in IHM’s blog roll, reminds me of Mohanlal-Srinivasan buying a cow and dreaming of becoming rich. Ha! Ha! hilarious that film was.

    Coming back to your post, couple of times I have seen guys begging for Beer and cigs. At least gas is better.

  4. Renu permalink
    January 12, 2009 10:14 am

    its like that story where a rich gir was asked to write an essay on a poor man. She wrote..there wa s apoor man, his driver was poor, his grdener was poor, maid was poor…so on and so forth:)

  5. Indyeah permalink
    January 12, 2009 10:15 am

    Seriously…???????!!!They beg for petrol money…?????Everything is relative???hell !everything is just plain crazy..:D.am reminded of this that I read somewhere…
    ”One half of the world is starving and the other half is on a diet.”

    I mean seriously???I am still shaking my head..will probably do for sometime…
    btw I do think the lady was looking at you..you had a close call…:D

  6. Smitha permalink
    January 12, 2009 12:01 pm

    Yes, here in UK, we have people asking for ‘change’. ‘Hey mate, change to spare?’ Once a kid came and asked my husband for cigarettes, and when he refuesd – he actually gave him the finger! Beggars with attitude!!!!!

  7. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    January 12, 2009 4:05 pm

    If Indian beggars catch on, you will find them migrating too!

  8. Ajit permalink
    January 12, 2009 5:35 pm

    hey Solilo,

    I will also never forget the film, especially, the line:
    “ellathinum samayam undu, dasa”
    “I am pavanai, the serial killer”

    yeah, begging for petrol is not that bad 🙂

    Renu,
    good one, First time I am hearing this…. 🙂

    Indyeah,
    Everything is relative…
    As per latest reports, there are more obese people in the world than malnutritiond ones…..
    I also took care to ensure she did not see me, otherwise she/I would have felt bad…
    So I took this while waiting at signal using “Ultra Zoom” (what ever that means) …… 🙂

    yeah Smitha,
    Beggars with attitude!!!!!
    we find them in India as well 🙂

    Vinod Sir,
    hahahahaha, but first they will have to raise the visa money 🙂

  9. L. Venkata Subramaniam permalink
    January 13, 2009 4:43 am

    There are lazy people all over the world but the interesting thing is that even though the govt has ensured that basic needs are taken care of, it has not resulted in a lazy culture. In fact the American culture is the most competitive and people are always striving to achieve more.

  10. Kislay permalink
    January 13, 2009 5:30 am

    The American poverty line is for people having an annual income of less than 10,000 dollars . From what I remember .

  11. Ajit permalink
    January 13, 2009 5:33 am

    In fact the American culture is the most competitive and people are always striving to achieve more.
    yeah, I do accept that to some extent……but not true always…

    and Kislay, That is a whole lot of money man…………….
    Wow….

  12. Whats in a Name permalink
    January 20, 2009 8:32 am

    Hey First timer here..
    A very neat blog!!!
    Waise with the petrol crisis around in India a few days back, It was not strange to see begging for petrol … 😛

    TC

  13. Ajit permalink
    January 20, 2009 4:02 pm

    Thanks “what is in a name”… 😛

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