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