I think you wouldn’t not agree with me but by the end of the blog you would definitely agree on this.
I am not saying I will change your mind – I put across my point of view and I am sure by the end of it you will definitely change your mind.
> Today evening I was going towards the medical store in the super-market block. I saw a boy – in his teens basically a rag picker or something sitting on the pavement and opening a small container. Trust me I saw this in a fraction of a minute and thinking this is normal and walked towards the medical store. I finished all my shopping and when I come through the same gate as I entered, I saw this boy with hand painted all white and begging. I was shocked – amazed to see the same boy applying that white paint from that container and now he is begging for money and projecting that his hand is not in a proper condition.
> The other day, the same supermarket, the same place – but different youngsters but the tactics are different this time. The kid – who supposedly projected that he has amputated leg – but to my surprise (I get surprised very very easily) I could see his feet and leg without any damage. Except for the only mistake is that he had worn the pants of length more than what he needed. That’s what I call deception and then that’s what I call foolishness – he thought that no one would ever know that he is normal. There is a saying in my country – the cat would close its eyes and drink milk thinking the whole world is not seeing – but it is fooling itself by doing this.
> This incident took place quite some time back – say 15 years back when I was kid. I had come from school and I was taking rest in the afternoon when I heard a strange beggar on the streets. He was talking in English. An English that I still feel that could beat a college going student !! I went out of my home and he came to my gate and asked for alms. By that age itself, I think I had this in my mind “improve the society – help the needy – guide a person correctly – don’t see bad stuff happening but improve it to be better”, I asked that guy – not very old man say around 50-52 years – that why is he begging on the streets and asking for alms in English. Those days a person with good spoken/written English was meant to be some high-profile guy with quality life. I still remember the answer he had given me – “I am a educated beggar, so give me some money”. I do not know what had gone wrong to me, I straight forward asked him “you call yourself educated, don’t feel bad begging like this. You don’t look old and you can earn and be content in life. Why don’t you take tuitions for kids and then you can earn”. For that he had replied “earning is not what I always wanted to do. I always wanted money easily and I feel begging is the right thing to do”. After he had said this I think he realized that I would bug him more with my kid-theories, he walked off asking for alms from the rest. I still cannot forget him – nicely dressed, begging in English.
Then today after seeing the kid in the supermarket, I realized that begging is an art.
I can give you umpteen examples of seeing such acts put by kids, youngsters, middle-aged and even old people.
As that man had said 15 years back “begging is an easy for earning money”.
Now if you see, India has changed – out states, cities have changed. Now everyone has money, everyone knows to live lavishly. I do not know about other states or cities but yes Bangalore has changed – its come to the international standards. Even the begging has reached international standards…! 🙂
Until and unless people are aware that this is the only short-span idea of earning money, nothing can change in this society.
Begging is such a vicious cycle in this society that even if you want to eradicate, it comes back.
That’s why i say begging is an art.