Beggar By Profession

Punched in “Weirdest jobs in the world” in the search bar and the first few links left me contemplating on how lucky I am being a sophomore! *giggles*

There is a myriad of professions around the globe of which the best ones will leave you questioning your own existence and the worst ones will leave you questioning their’s! Nevertheless these jobs pay off for their required skills despite the extent of their bizarreness, be it ‘armpit sniffers’ at deodorant product testing labs or ‘hired mourners’ for the dead man who had no friends.


But the one profession that is considered skill-less is – Begging which I respectfully disagree. Why you ask? Let us have a look at these examples….

1) Going the Drug way!

2) Suit up!

3) Handicapped!

I was jogging down the park one lovely evening when a man in his 40’s, slim as a stick, in shabby outfit limped towards me from the opposite direction. He neared me, looked straight up and spoke in flawless English, “Sir, could spare some change? I need to buy a bus ticket to XYZ as I have sprained my foot.”

Well awww, how could I let a poor man with a sprained leg walk two miles on his own? It was up to me to bring humanity back to its feet and I pulled out some change and handed it over with a smile. I was contended with my act of kindness till I found him again the very next day on the same street limping towards me! *slow claps*

3) Railways!

I am not directing your thoughts at all to those innocent beggars found lying on rugs at railway platforms. They are not one of our ‘smart begging’ professionals. Let us take a look at the railway staff instead, the ones who serve us on board. Moments before the journey concludes, two members of the staff transverse the length of the train, coach by coach, holding out a plate bearing usually two or three hundred rupee notes (Indian currency) requesting for tips.

“Umm.. a couple of passengers have paid a hundred bucks each, I must pay a similar amount too I believe”, wonders a deluded passenger, not realising that the initial 200 bucks were cunningly placed on the plate by the staff themselves, setting up a pseudo reference tip value!

These are some examples of Smart Begging that requires the skills to devise an exquisite idea into action!

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Now that you are well versed with the smartest methods of efficient begging, let us take a peak into that begging bowl and count those jingling coins….

Let us consider a beggar (in India) who begs at traffic signals and bus depots and earns up to Re. 1 per minute on an average at his best.

Therefore, in 1 hour he makes      =   Rs. 60

Therefore, in 9 hour he makes      =   Rs. 540   (begs 9 hours a day)

Therefore, in a month he makes   =   Rs. 16200

By smart begging, he makes 1.5 times (say)   =    Rs 24300

A fresh engineer earns per month                       =    Rs. 25000

Choose your career carefully. Enough said.


Half a Flower

Shadow is quite an amusing phenomenon. Shadows create beautiful patterns around objects such as the one below. Shift the source of light minutely and a completely new shadow pattern appears around the object. That’s the beauty of shadows!

candid flower

Photography : Phone camera Xolo Q1010i ; ISO 83 ; Shutter Speed 1/100 ; Focal length 3mm ; F/2

Paper Boat

paper boat

Photography : Phone camera ; ISO 400 ; Shutter Speed 1/100 ; Focal length 3mm ; F/2

You will know that the rain ceased not by raising your hand beyond the shelter’s roof, but by watching life resume up and down the streets again. The crowd as we call it, I was one of them, brisk walking down the sidewalk avoiding the puddles at times and stepping on a few to amuse myself. The rain water flowed gently beside the sidewalk carrying a paper boat with it. Something bothered me as I watched it flow towards the manhole at a distance. I felt the urge to save it and I hurriedly picked it up and set it flowing in a different stream.

So why did I save it? I know not. It wasn’t even a living thing, just a scrap piece of paper. But it definitely felt like saving a life. . . .