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The beggars of mumbai!!

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by veenaissack123, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. veenaissack123

    veenaissack123 Senior IL'ite

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    NAME: Massu or Malana, 60
    Massu's Assets
    Rs 30 lakh in properties alone
    Day's earnings Rs 1,000 to 1,500

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    Begs at: Lokhandwala. Mostly outside high-end restaurants visited by TV and film stars.
    Working hours:
    8 pm to 3 am.
    Home is:
    A one BHK at Amboli in Andheri (west). He owns another 1 BHK nearby.

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    Massu's 1BHK room at Amboli. Both houses are duplexes
    Family: Wife, two sons and a daughter-in- law share the apartment with him.
    Day's earnings:
    Rs 1000 to 1500.
    Assets:
    Rs 30 lakh in just properties. One son makes and sells brooms, while the other hawks knick-knacks near Andheri station. He has substantial savings, but would not reveal details.

    Cool quotient:
    Massu is dressed in spotless clothes when he takes an auto-rickshaw to Lokhandwala every evening. He changes into his beggar attire near Ad Labs. During his working hours, he has a complete sway over the area. You will never find another beggar in his vicinity. He takes an auto on his way home too. Stops at Yashraj Studios for a change of clothes. ​
    NAME: Krishna Kumar Gite, 42
    Krishna 's Assets
    Rs 5 lakh in properties alone
    Day's earnings
    Rs 1500 to 2000
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    Begs at: CP Tank, Charni Road
    Working hours: Early morning to late evening
    Home is: I BHK apartment at Nallasopara, which he shares with his brother.
    Family: Brother, sister-in-law and their children.
    Day's earnings: Rs 1500 to 2000.
    His worth: The Nallasopara apartment is worth nearly Rs 5 lakh. Krishna claimed he has substantial savings but would not put a figure to it. "My brother manages everything," he said.
    Cool quotient: Claims he can't be bothered with money matters. He retires every evening to his Nallasopara home and hands over the day's earnings to his brother. "My bhabhi and brother know best what to do with the money."

    NAME: Bharat Jain, 45
    Bharat's Assets
    Rs 70 lakh in properties alone
    Day's earnings Rs 2000 to 2500

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    Begs at:
    Azad Maidan and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
    Working hours:
    Early morning to late evening.
    Home is:
    Two adjacent 1 BHK apartments in Parel, where his family stays. Bharat, however, visits home only once in a week. His family, which deals in school notebooks and other study material, has tried on many occasions to get Bharat to give up begging and join the family business. ​
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    Bharat's Parel house where he stays with his family. (right) The Bhandup shop the family has rented out to a juice centre
    Family: Wife, two sons -- one studying in class X and the other in class XII -- father and brother.
    Day's earnings:
    Rs 2000 to 2500.
    His worth:
    The family apartments are worth close to Rs 60 lakh. The family also has rented out a shop in Bhandup to a juice centre and gets Rs 7,000-a-month in rent. The rent is collected every month by Bharat's wife.

    Cool quotient:
    Bharat speaks impeccable English. He is soft spoken and you will never find him harassing people for alms.​
    Name: Haji, 26
    Haji's Assets Rs 15 lakh
    Day's earnings Rs 1000 to 2000

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    Begs at:
    Deonar and Chembur. Usually begs near mosques and
    temples.
    Working hours:
    Flexi. Picks the best time to be at a temple or a mosque.
    Home is:
    A room at Cheetah Camp, where his mother and sister run a zari workshop, employing 15 people.
    Family:
    Mother and sister.
    Day's earnings:
    Rs 1000 to 2000 .
    Earnings increase mani-folds during festivals.
    His worth:
    The Cheetah Camp room worth anything between Rs 3 and 5 lakh. The zari workshop could be worth 10 lakh. The family earns a steady income from the zari business and his mother has tried every trick to get him to give up begging and join the family business.

    Cool quotient:
    He says managing the zari workshop is too much
    hardwork. "I can't be bothered with all that. I like to be left alone. Also, I make a decent amount every day. ​




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    Name: Doesn't matter, A Software Engineer (Double Graduate :D)

    S/W Enggr's Assets: Some old C++, Java, Cryptography Books worth 10,000 INR. Rest all Assets are based on EMI's (Easy Monthly Installment) so it's the bank that owns it and not me.

    Day's earning: Peanuts :)

    Works @ : Does't Matter , Sometimes even sitting on the Kamod.

    Working Hours: Day and Night

    Family: 1 intel Pentium 4 3.8 GHz CPU, 1 Flat monitor, 1 mouse and 1 keyboard.

    His worth: Depends on the Tester, If tester files several critical bugs @ a time then he's useless :)

    Cool Quotient: Whenever he opens his mouth he knows speaks only C, C++ and Java. Never fires anyone, only he gets fired everywhere. The only time he stays cool is when he gulps down two large shots of JD (Jack Daniel, Obvious someone else is paying for those shots :D).



     
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  2. Kamalji

    Kamalji IL Hall of Fame

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    Veenaji,

    Super comparison.

    I have stayed in mumbai the first 27 yrs of my life.There are guys who have a swollen foot, that is their USP.try offering to treat him, and he will shoo u off.

    Another guy, has a torn shirt, the sleeve held on the shoulders by just one stitch and i have seen him with the same shirt for more than 10 yrs.That must be the toughest stitch on a shirt i swear.

    I will post a blog on this, where these guys eat, etc.Great blog.Regards.kamal
     
  3. Nivedi

    Nivedi New IL'ite

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    Dear Veena,

    Looks like begging is a lucrative profession :mrgreen: . And these guys need pay no tax. Lucky people!
     

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