When you have lived too long in a very comfortable style, you tend to lose perspective. I meet extremely rich people, reasonably rich people, rich people, and middle class people.
And the richer they are, more they seem to be cribbing. ‘Why pay Rs. 25 Lakhs for a parking ….’ or ‘Mumbai has no infrastructure…’ to a lot of crib, crib, crib. …
However I also talk to very low end guys..and sometimes they give you perspective in life. One such guy works as a ‘security guard’ and I got talking to him. He has come from a northern state and works in Mumbai on a princely salary of Rs. 5500. The job is almost 12 hours and the ‘cruelest’ thing is if he is caught sleeping (by the supervisor) he loses ONE MONTH’S SALARY’. Gawd imagine working in the unorganised sector!
He said ‘Sir there are so many opportunities in Mumbai….when I have free time I drive a car and earn Rs. 350 a day..and I have friends who drive auto rickshaws…sometimes I drive that too. All this allows me to earn about 500-800 a month. There are sometimes when a passenger gives me a tip of Rs. 10…
He was amazed at the money making opportunities in Mumbai and kept comparing that to his village – where he says even if you were to beg, there would not be anybody to give you alms.
Do look around what ever stage of life you are in, Mumbai gives fantastic opportunities to learn, earn money and generally improve your life.
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