The Art of Begging7/20/2008 03:28:00 PM
Railway stations, Bus stops, temples, tourist spots, where you wouldn't find the beggars? well here for those who beg and also look like beggars. (the other types? they are anyways around, dint get it right? have a glance at your boss first thing in the morning.)
A beggars' outlook would tell his entire story to you just by looking at him once. torn and dirty clothes, no shoes, long and shabby hair, a bowl in his hands, that's how one would visualize a beggar, isn't it? India produces most of the beggars in the world. well that's what might people think. and I'd defend sayin, why beggars, India's production rate is no lesser in the other categories, so that be of engineers, or doctors, or anything to anyone for that matter. we believe in wholesale right? anyways, like fashion, most of these things are trendy, or bhedchaal as its called in hindi. you'd find huge chunk around yourself those have been just the blind followers in their whole entire life, no using their mind even once.
coming back to beggars and begging, aged people, women with babies to the kids, an emotional moment or two probably and you loose your pocket out of sympathy. have anyone ever instructed you, not ot give them the money? well most of us dont really care, actually you dont get time to think. its an instant reaction. I remember outside a temple near my house, there was this old woman, she used to cry like hell. however she'd never say that she wants the coins only, one day when I just moved to my back a few steps ahead looking at something, I saw her throwing the prasad I just gave her. Same had been the case at Mysore chamundi hills. there were these foreigners who while been bugged by the beggars offered those coconuts to them and they simply refused. One so called saint in haridwar almost got me into an argument, she was asking for a blanket, and I seeing her wrapped up in a new shawl, muttered, as to why she's begging, she's got the new shawl, she's got good clothes, and she is walking in good quality shoes! she absolutely hated me then.
While there may be a lot of people, who'd really be in need and begging, not all of them are true, and same goes for number around the world as well. Indian might have the majority, but at the same time USA's got them too. though you might not recognize all of 'em that easily. and the lines those rules, won't be the same either.
I was on a redlight down the VTA station bridge, when I saw this gentleman with long white beard sitting on a bench with his head down. his shoes were fine. he has a nice coat on. he wasn't speaking anything. a little my car moved I saw a board hanging in his neck, saying HOMELESS. I dint understand how he was imagining that one of those fast cars would stop at the signal and call him in or the person might comeout and help him someway while its something next to impossible since this is the great USA.
how many of us, have this hunger for compliments? this much, that you start blushing soon as you get the compliment, without even thinking that person uttering those lovely lines to you is true to his/her words or not. To start with such lines might be a conversation starter "in India", like, a couple of rounds of flirting and you might get into another budding friendship, But but but, well same' might not be true in USA.
Are you Mexican?
No I am an Indian.
Oh. You look gorgeous.
Really! well thank you so much.
Ah! No Problem......a,,,,a,, you got some change?
Hmm, this is quite fast BTW. you get into the conversation, its just 5 bucks out at the end.
found these burning questions on net,
Where do you find cyber-beggars?
donate to cyber-beggars
What is Internet begging?
What is cyber panhandling?
I want to beg online.
Where can I beg online?
Where do people beg online?
Where can I beg for money online?
The answer of course is ...(i don't advertise that site)
Anyways, so these being the legacy beggars. but what about the rest? you gifting a guitar to a friend on his birthday, just because you think he' loves music, just because he says he wants someone to give it to him, just because you think that someone is you only since you are the one he is telling this to, or just because he thinks you're an emotional fool.