Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Vendors–Many of them are better placed in a way:

Apparently they are a poor lot earning too meagre an income to manage the sustentation of themselves and their families, but it doesn’t apply to all of them. Many of them are rich enough to compete with those, who are much better placed financially. You move any where in the city, or even in some rural areas, you may hardly come across a single vendor without a mobile phone. The washer man who serves at my house has two sets of mobile phones –one for self and the other one for his wife. I know one Thhela walla who deals in waste material moving from one house to another collecting and purchasing the wastages like worn out utensils, broken furniture, other raddies besides used news papers and old clothes. His school going children, 4 in number, are studying in different English schools in the city with 2 of his sons owning a motor bike each for the purpose. He himself transports the material he collects using a thhela but owns two cars at his house. He owns 3 well built 3 rooms flats locally with 2 of them fetching a monthly rent of 6,000/ each. He has his own godown, a sprawling one, by the side of a park, of course un-authorisedly encroaching the space of the park with almost half of the road in front of it remaining in his use all the time for the purposes of dumping his material including the garbage. He has no dearth of money to oblige the municipal authorites whenever they venture to launch some raid (of course a fake one) on his shop and godown. There are several others like him in the town flourishing in a business what apparently looks like some thing too small and too low. It sounds well if a poor man prospers at his own doing hard labour, but when it comes to adoption of nefarious means like encroachment and bribing, it appears that all are the same, be they rich, or be they a poor lot, on the face of the fact that all the poors are not what they look like.

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