Beggars of a Special Kind Yesterday evening I was reading a joke about a beggar that came in the SMS, and was smiling when the carpenter working in my office, asked me why I am smiling, and I told him the joke A beggar asks a person for 10 bucks, so that he can recharge his mobile, bcs he wanted to call his girlfriend. The person remarked “ How times have changed, these days beggars too have girlfriends “ To which the beggar replied “ Sir, the girlfriend’s expenses made me a beggar “.this was in hindi, so I don’t know how well it has come off in English. To this, the carpenter said, sir I will tell u a real life thing which came in the papers last year. A beggar had a wound in his leg, and he went to a doctor, who bandaged him , and this went on for a fortnight, the pain did not decrease nor did the woun d heal. The beggar shouted at the doctor and told him that u are a useless doctor, to which the doctor replied” You need to get operated and that will cost 50,000/- but u are a beggar, and u wont be able to afford the operation”. The beggar called up his son Chotu and told him to bring a lakh of rupees immediately form the strong box, and within an hour the son was there. Thebeggar told the doctor “ Here is 50,000 for the treatment, get me well fast, and here is another 50,000 /- for yr wife and kids, it seems u need money more than me. And it seems he asked the doc what he earned , and on knowing 50,000/- said to the doc, listen I beg 2 hours a day, and I make 2,000/-, if I were to work more, iw ould easily make 5000 a day. So in future , don’t call a beggar a beggar, just ask for yr fees, and let the other person decide.Who are u to judge if the other person has money or not. Well as I listened to this, I was wondering at the wisdom of the carpenter.Nice chap, he is always humming a bhajan and that too loudly but he is good at his work. He comes at 10 morning, and leaves at 9 pm, and he takes 350 bucks, tell him anything he does, I make sure he gets 5 or 6 cups of tea evreryday, which keeps him going. I introduced him to my friend circle, and now he keeps damn busy all the time, infact now I have to wait for him to be free to come over. Do u know these beggars have their own uniforms. The ones that they wear to work, I mean beg, are worn daily without washing, but u see some of them in the evenings, new clothes, mobike, glares, and he is a different person . But what gives him away is the change he carries. There is a roadside fellow whose omlette I love, and we talk when I am there, and he tells me, that when someone gives him change of 20 bucks in 1 ruppe coins, means he is a beggar by work. In Togo, Africa, my cousin was telling me u have beggars who have a purse, and say u give a 100 buck note to him, u ask for 90/- bucsk back if u want to give 10 bucks,a nd he gives u the change. I guess very soon , the Indian beggars will start this , we are good at aping the west , arnt we ? Babies are borrowed at 50 bucks for 4 hours , so I heard, for babies brings out the sympathy in us. I just don’t bother with them, and shoo them off. When the kids say , I am hungry, I have tried to give them Tiger biscuits packets, but they don’t want it but cash , which I don’t understand. So I just stay off them. And with inflation, these days they want a minimum of 2 bucsk, and in Mumbai my brother was saying they want 5 bucsk now, and throw the money back at u if it is less ! And now I read the other day, beggars have the swankiest of the mobiles, and they keep in touch with each other, and inform if a particular place has a lot of rush, so these people rush there. During the Gujerat earth qualke in 2001, jaipur had no beggars, all left for Gujerat, for people were just coming there for donating and these chaps made merry. How would the donators know that these are not locals, they gave anyway to all and sundry. Even the beggars get opportunities and they make the most of it, like all of us . Beggars can be choosers these days eh ! KAMAL MAHTANI Tuffy and Bingo , see how they cuddle up to each other, they fight , they make up, and are pals. Everything dissolves in Alcholol Even a whole Airline !!!!! Every mother has a good son, so they proclaim. But the world’s prettiest and sexiest wife, the neighbor has !!! Good reasons for having 2 wives and more 1st Monopoly is broken 2nd Competition improves the service ( Ask Dharmendra ) !!!!!!! Doctor – when I was a kid, I used to dream of being a Dacoit. Patient – Doctor, u are lucky, for how many people do their dreams come true!!!!! On my computer I typed MARRIED, but it was corrected to MARTYED ! 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