When you are in India for some time, so will surely see a lot of diversity. I actually think that one of the things that really make India so interesting is that the diversity is so easy to see everywhere. India is probably the only place where you can see a BMW, a cow, and some people dragging an old crock at the same time. After having been here for some time, I have off course been used to the diversity now, but still, there are sometimes when these things strikes me more than normal.
One such event happened Friday evening, or rather early Saturday morning. I had been to a nice party with a lot of friends over in Juhu, which is one of the rather porch places in Mumbai. We left the place around 1 in the morning, and decided to go on to some other nightclub. So we headed over to one of the five star hotels, which is where most of the nightclubs in Mumbai are. When we came there, the club was closed, so we got to see something different.
When we were outside of the club, there were a lot of people coming out of the club. These folks were off course what you would call the “upper class” people. They went out, and into their big cars that the drivers had pulled up outside the club. But the striking thing that was there were not the porch people, it was the beggars. At this place, at 1 o’clock in the morning, there were quite a lot of beggars there. And that was quite heartbreaking to see! One of them was a young boy. He looked like he was maybe 5 or 6 years old, but due to malnutrition, and maybe some diseases, he was quite short, probably shorter than my nephew, who is soon 4… As one of my friends said; “I could pick up this boy and put him in my handbag without anyone noticing it”. She did not do that, but some of the guards outside the club picked up some of the beggars and kind of thrown them away! And also there were some police there, who were supposed to direct the traffic. What they mostly did was to use their rods to hit out on the autos to get them out of the way so that these big cars could drive about.
Off course I should not be surprised to see something like this. But when you stand there in the middle on the street and are not able to get away from it, it really do affect what you. One thing that strokes my mind is; will India ever manage to get rid of the poverty and the beggars? In a society that is so clear hierarchy, there will always be someone who has to be at the bottom. Will they ever manage to climb about the first hurdle and get away from the streets?
Rest of the weekend? Norway 5 – Sweden 4 in ice hockey world cup. First victory against them ever! Chennai Super Kings 165 – Deccan Charges 146 in IPL. Arsenal 1 – Manchester United, ha-ha-ha-ha, have a laugh, in Premier league. It could have been a lot worse 🙂
Talk to you soon!