It is always embarrassing for me when the beggar knock on my car window at the signal especially when I am with my friend who is a foreigner. Some of the beggars harass my friends too much when they see their color (too white/too black)
There are many a times when I make up stories (fooling myself more than fooling others) that India is not as poor like it seems and that begging is just another profession which is a bit easier than the rest and that many people would rather beg then seek a proper employment. I always explain to them that beggars have very innovative ideas and sometimes quite hilarious too.
Like the incident that happened today.
No, we were not travelling by car today; I decided to take Lorenzo by auto, since she was highly amused by a three-wheeler that required no seat belts. Haha!
Lorenzo (my friend from Spain) and I were travelling in an auto when our auto-rickshaw stopped at red signal. A young guy with a red cap approached our auto with bunch of flowers in his hand. He removed one flower from the bunch and gave it to Lorenzo saying ‘Good morning, have a nice day”
Highly amused that this guy on the street spoke English, she removed Rs20 and gave to him.
The guy smiled and gave back Rs20 back to her saying that he was no beggar but was giving flowers to people just out of good will.
Lorenzo insisted that he take Rs20 and that it was not as a charity but that she wanted to give him.
The guy smiled and said that if she really wanted to help then she could give him money to buy milk powder for his child.
“Well then, buy milk powder for your child with this Rs20” said Lorenzo pushing the money back into his palm.
“Sorry ma’am.” he said handing Rs20 back to her, “But I cannot get milk powder for Rs20, I need Rs100 to buy the milk powder for my baby.”
Talk about begging, this one is a royal beggar! He won’t accept Rs20 because he wants Rs100!!
I was thinking how many people had he fooled this way.
The signal changed to green
“Why don’t you ask you wife to breast feed your child instead” said Lorenzo angrily and snatched the money from his hand as I suppressed my grin.