All those status symbols! 30/01/2012

I   was  taken by surprise when I  heard  about a beggar who owned  a car and begged from home to home to collect dollars to pay  for his fuel. This was inVancouver. Again another surprise awaited us when we found a  full suited beggar firmly stationed in front of  the  hotel  we stayed in.There sat his dog  on the little ‘carpet’  he had spread out to accommodate himself  and his paraphernalia. He was feeding his pet with bread even as he was drinking coke from a bottle.

Having found beggars in Chennai boasted none of  these status symbols, I was  surprised  at a scene in front of a temple inHyderabad. A couple of beggars were  engaged  in talking over their mobiles which meant even the recipients  of their calls too must have  owned a mobile and a meager portion of their ‘earnings’ went into buying prepaid cards. Talking about their earnings and savings, I learnt something that came as a revelation—it appears  an old beggar  who  made his “home”  near a temple  died  and  lakhs of rupees  were  found hidden under the rug he sat  on!  Some beggars had  accounts in banks  too! I wonder why  beggars in Chennai  lag behind!

N Meera Raghavendra Rao

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4 thoughts on “All those status symbols! 30/01/2012

  1. Prof. V.N.K.Kumar

    This is a nice observation. One psychologist Mclelland did a study on Indian entrepreneurs and found that except for Gujaratis, Marwaris, sindhis, Punjabis and Keralites, the other people in India lacked Achievement motivation ( The other types of motivation being Affiliation & Power). Beggars in India do not fall in these 5 categories. They lack Achievement motivation but same time also want a sinecure occupation.

  2. V Raghavan

    Without the presiding deity, all is quiet on the Blog front. Where have you been hiding, Meera? I suppose that will be a separate story!

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