POSTED BY October 13, 2009 COMMENTS (30)ON
Today I am telling you 3 short real-life stories. This is a random post, which I thought would be a good read for all the readers not because it gives you some knowledge or it teaches you some financial stuff.
But It might change your perception of your own situation and how lucky you are to have what you have.
A poor man from “Belha” village (District Sonebhadra, Uttar Pradesh) has 5 children. Some years back he had to sell his cattle and some household things to pay for hospital expenses for an accident. The Expenses were just Rs.3,000 After that incident their life got miserable day after day.
For years they are living a life which is unimaginable … They work in other fields and as a labourer’s whenever they get some work. They don’t get work for more than 50 days in a year. They have to travel to nearby “towns” which by my standard itself are poor villages.
They earn close to Rs.10-15 by working in Fields and around Rs.30 as labourers. But most of the time they get work in fields only. One of their children died last year because of malnutrition and all of them had nothing to eat for close to 4 days, not even a single meal.
Other children survived somehow. On an average this family eats once a day, sometimes full stomach if they are lucky. From last many years the only sweet thing they have eaten is some “sugar”.
Because of bad monsoon this year there was no work in fields, Last Month this person comes to my hometown to earn some money by pulling Rickshaw.
There are already hundreds of people like him in my hometown doing that work and one more person in that list will not worsen the situation of unemployment, So its fine I guess. He thought that he would be able to do the work because his legs are “strong” he thinks.
After working for 3-4 days and earning money which he thinks is excellent (Rs 100 in 3-4 days), Next day he fractured his legs because of a severe accident with a Car in the town. With no money with him, he can.t do any thing but to live with the situation. With his broken legs he was doing some “Wall painting work”.
His family is some how managing to survive in village and waiting for him to come and feed them for several days without any break .
This person is too weak to work now and accidentally fell on ground because of imbalance and broke his one hand too . Frustrated , Now this person cries for hours and finally decides that god has tested his patience for surviving his life and now he cant take it anymore . After that day this person is missing and there is no trace of him .
This is real life story of not just one person but most of the people in poor villages of this country . I had met this person long back some 4-5 yrs ago when he came to my home , He is close relative of a person i know personally .
“Jeera” .. This may be a kitchen ingredient name for you , but this was a common name for females in poor villages . (Many people are named on vegetables, masalas and fruits in villages). This is a women who is in her 60’s, elder than my Father. She does not know where are her children from last many decades. They ran off from village with the bad companies they had.
She comes from her village 6-7 kms from my home town and washes utensils, cleans rice and wheat etc. or Washes clothes some times .. Any petty work at home “on demand”. She gets Rs.5 per day from each Family. Btw, she works for just 2-3 families anyways.
So on an average she earns Rs.10 per day , some times Rs.15 . Rs.10 is actually good enough to feed her two times, because she has no other expenses other than Food. Transportation is free (She walks up and down daily) and hopefully gets a Saree once in 3-4 years from some family on Diwali or Holi may be).
Her biggest Wish in life is to own a Mobile phone someday , but deep down she knows very well that its not possible in this life. I see her always cheerful and smiling, and some times her level of satisfaction and happiness in life seems to be much more than any average person in this country.
When I was in School , I used to go by Rickshaw to school , and my rickshawala was a dark-long beard muslim person (don’t remember his name) who used to yell and shout on every boy and girl every day for whatever we did, even if were 1 min early , he yelled 🙂 .. if we were late by 2 min, he yelled.
I was really scared by this person all my life (my school life) and after I left my home 12 yrs back for further studies, Whenever I go home, I see him pulling rickshaw to same school, same rickshaw (in bad condition), No changes at all … Either he sees me accidentally or I see him accidentally and then This person comes to meet me at home, Our talk generally ends in 3-4 minutes with just a general “Haal-Chal” talk.
Every year he looks 2 yrs older than last year and more weak than earlier. One common sentence every year I hear is that “He is trying to make both ends meet somehow” and “he is not able to pull his Rishshaw these days , But some thing needs to be done to support his Family of 8” .
I was surprised to hear that he had 8 people in family and even more surprised when he told me that this is after his 4-5 sons ran away from Family because of being involved in “Gaanja-Sharaab” (opium-alcohol) activities.
This time, He came to meet me again, His pauses longer this time between the conversation. I realized that he expected some monitory help from me (He expected it every year, but I never understood, I thought he just came for “Haal-chal” talk).
I gave him Rs 100, and I could see tears in his eyes, because it was too much and beyond his expectations. I think he expected not more than Rs 10-20).
I think he will take a small vacation now (for 3-4 days) and rest at home, anyways no work because of Diwali.
Most of us earn per day more money than what these people make in a month . Early Investing is key to financial freedom , “Satisfaction and Being Content” is the real key 🙂 . See what you have rather than what is missing and you will be much more happier than ever.
I am telling you these stories so that we understand how good our situation is and we worst situation is literally 100 times much better than the best life these people can ever think of. I hope it hurts less next time your Mutual funds drop by 10%, or your Home Buying is delayed by 1 more year, or you are not able to go for vacations for a year or your “life is miserable”.
Incase you are too touched by these stories , I would be happy to accept donations and give to these people [mail to firstname.lastname@example.org], You can give donations of as minimum as Rs 50 or Rs 100 .. Even if you are ready to skip a movie or Dinner outing with Family, That much money can provide a months worth of food or some happiness to these families.
Time to do something really nice this Diwali 🙂 .
I am not sure If the first person will be available or not [Family is available], but other two will hopefully be there …
I know all these people personally and most of us living and working in big cities might just hear these kind of stories in news or in newspapers but its very common in small poor villages .
Comments are Welcome, Please share your views on these Real life stories and Let others know What are your ideas on making the situation better.