Sudama and poverty Line : Living on 26 rupees per day!

English: Auto rickshaw in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lan...
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“Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money.  “—(Definition taken from wikipedia)

Its a monday. Morning time and time for offices. Every working citizen has to reach office on time, 9 30 am is the deadline. From kashmir to kanyakumari, rush hour begins now for a rat race.

We are at Egipura Bus Stand, Bangalore.  It reminds me of my remote village Chalamkode, in Thodupuzha, Kerala.  Where a small crowd always waits for Buses.  Similarly we are waiting at Egipura Bus Stand.  Here buses have no importance but their numbers are important. No number in a bus means it is like a close friend without money or job. He will come and go, we wont mind. 

 Buses do come though at irregular intervals. They come with a sand storm effect, dust rises from the ground as the wheels eat away the dusty roads.  Bus driver and the Ticket collector inhale maximum dust produced by the bus followed by the passengers in the bus.  But our bus number 420 hasnt come till now.

This  is where i saw a set of pure goons,group of well fed mass balls standing and staring at ladies.  I wondered whether they had a deadline.  A junction where the BOLD (rowdies) meets BEAUTIFUL ….  Every junction of india witnesses this daily.

“Housewives don t prefer going to the public places, they stay at home. “, Mayawati is a beauty Parlour owner.  Her husband left her divorced with two girls.

“Husbands and friends, prefer to stand at the Junctions in the morning and evenings specially.”

“Working ladies and ladies better looking than their wife come and go at that time. Poor men, so they stand and want to get some drizzle in their desert life.”,

Moral Victim : One lady from NAGALAND was looking for an auto, 9 00 am 14th FEB 2012, suddenly this group appears and follows teasing her ….

Mayawati sprayed water over the scalp of Sonia. Sonia does facial every month. But this time she suffered from hair loss because of extreme cold and dandruff. So she came for a hair cut.  For every hair cut and facial Mayawati charges 200 rupees.  Gossips of Mayawati’s clients included the bad effects of city’s worse water supply.

“Even the pure drinking water supply of city Municipality is impure not with dirt but with chemicals. The long term effect of this water consumption needs to be proven with some clinical trial or research.”

“I believe most Indians have plenty of time in the day to bother about others. For most daily business means Socialising with social groups and digging on  “how to maximise anti social capacities in us?” .  The gossips at the parlour goes on.

It happens every where in the country and happens only through out 24 hours of the day…..

Because we need to get out to the Junction at least once in a day.  Buses are rare when you want them most.  Getting a good auto wala for a trip is highly luck driven like finding a good match for your daughter in matrimony.
“2nd block, Gandhinagar “, I asked a autowaala. He looked at me with a frown. Luckily he left without saying anything.  I kept on asking the same to every passing auto.
” Better ask them Dubai or Switzerland. shall be ready to take you there.”

We haggled with as many as 11 “autowalas” but nothing worked. And suddenly came the 12th one. It was an Old man. I mean the auto man was an Old man, he agreed for a ride to Chamarajpet.  The famous Bull Temple Road.  Astonishingly, he was my wife’s class teacher’s brother.  Ramesh sir.
He is a well mannered gentleman too good to be an auto driver. But he is one real driver.

“There are a lot of reasons for these issues. Poverty, Illiteracy, Fundamentalism etc that prevail in our society.”, Ramesh sir was sharing his ideas while driving his auto rickshaw.  He is driving for the past 30 years, mostly after his working hours.  A rick driving rich guy, in all senses.

Poverty makes us take more money from passengers. You have to make more money at the end of the day. I need to buy gas for the auto, buy ration for home, then pay my installments.”

“By hook or by crook, you have to get money…”

“Govt fixes a pricing system and salaries without really understanding the basic needs and market prices.”

“This area was known for its Rowdies. Rowdy Rathode, Rowdy Gowda, Rowdy Reddy. Even the banks did not open branches here till recemtly ”
“Banks were afraid of defaulters. People take loans in huge amount. But they never pay interests or anything. Because even the property documents are fake. They call it binami.”

A beggar came to me asking for money. “Even this is a lobby. There are big people behind it. Mafia”

“now you have metro coming. Real Estate Mafia is making most money today.  Per square feet land price in bangalore is increasing everyday.”

“Yep, the first ATM came just 2 days back. That too day time working only.”

“Can you live in this city for just 100 rupees per day? You know what is the income of an average poor Indian ?”

Indian Government says 4,500/- per month. They say 26 rupees is enough for a day to live in INDIA.” 

“Auto minimum charge is 20 per trip and poverty line is 26 rupees”

“Then why  this Kolavery? ” and he laughed.

“If I am honest then i will only earn lesser than this . Because the system is such that. People who loot are in the Indian Government, they make money”

“If you are in any of these 3 Ks ie, Kaavi, Khakhi or Khader, then your life is Safe. Otherwise you have to struggle.”

A typical auto-rickshaw in Hyderabad, Pakistan
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*NOTE : Kaavi means Saffron, Khakhi is the indication of Police, Khader means Khadi clothing (politician’s white indian dress)

“Struggle or die, nobody cares”……… Our auto got stuck in a mini traffic jam at Banaswadi Junction, “You know what our problem is, we are not confident of ourself. And Nobody is perfect in their profession. They simply do it because they have no other choice”, He was pointing at the drivers of the two locked cars in the middle of Junction.  Even the traffic man(police) is sleeping during the turmoil. “Why he should worry or bother? He is given pay by Govt.  What checking. Rest of the work will be done by CCTV fitted at the Traffic Signal. They will record the number plate info.”

“We were three issues to my parents. Me and my brother were twins. Then we had an elder sister”,

“Our childhood was in difficulty. But my mother always did other people’s household for my upbringing.  It was difficult times,  not like today.”
“My brother went to Mumbai some 25 years back and he never returned. He went o my sister first then there he became a teacher.  He is opposite to me, very funny character.” 

……. Ramesh Sir continued the big story of life in the Auto during our drive………… (to be cntd.)

Indian IT : US or Dubai has still the money and projects

Last month Ram went to US. “Everything is mechanical in US, but I miss Egipura man.  ”

“In America, nobody bothers about you, first of all they dont have time. Rushing like anything.”

“Even the Sweeper comes in a car and she cleans the entire building in a clean manner.  In India, they will always come in a group. Leave work unfinished.”                                

“Here you can easily make out who is a sweeper and who is an officer.”, says Suresh. “In US, its difficult. The air and water is clean, so clothes remain more clean. So they can wear clothes without washing”

“The dollars which they give is not enough for half day meals. ”
“Idiots they are paying same what they paid for my manager when he came here 7 years back!!
“Seven years back, Local call per minute was 5 rupees and huge Alu gonda was only  50 paisa(Half a rupee)
 :” hmm”
 “in India Today smaller Alu gonda is rupees 5 and local call rate is  50 paise today.”

  He said,”Even our Tea vendor,  at Oracle sells 8,000 cups of coffee per day. He is doing better than our Manager.  ”

“Are there any poor in america, man. Why poverty only in india?”
“Here there are poor people but our governments definition of poverty doesnt suit here. ”

“Man indian rupee is getting devalued, but dollar has got its value. Here 1 $ (one dollar) means a lot.  But what do you get for 1 Rs(one rupee)?”

“In india Our limit is 26 rupees per day for an INDIAN HUMAN? Our  Minimum Auto Charge is also 20 rupees for a trip.”

And the discussion continues ……..



Absolute poverty or destitution refers to the one who lacks basic human needs, which commonly includes clean and fresh water, nutrition, health care, education, clothing and shelter. About 1.7 billion people are estimated to live in absolute poverty today. ( Statistics & definition – wikipedia)

The poorest people  have less access to health, education and other essential services. Problems of hunger, malnutrition and disease afflict the poorest in society. 

On the contrary, the wealthier you are, the more likely you are to benefit from economic or political policies.

The amount of money the world(rich countries especially ) spends on military, financial bailouts and other areas that benefit the wealthy, compared to the amount spent to address the daily crisis of poverty and related problems are often staggering.

 Problems of hunger, malnutrition and disease afflict the poorest in society.  The poorest will always be arginalized from the society and they will have little representation or voice in public and political debates.  Their say has no value. making it even harder for them to  escape poverty.

Sudama was an ancient concept. But today he cries to see the GOD!


News Item from Daily Newspaper:

This year, World Gold Council (WGC) report warned, there were fewer auspicious dates in the Hindu calendar, which may impact gold demand in India. It also said that the recent increase in import duty could hamper demand although consumers will be comforted by the recent government move that mandates hallmarking of gold jewellery.

China has overtaken India as the world’s largest gold consumer as buyers here shunned the yellow metal in the wake of spiralling prices.

 World Gold Council, (WGC) is the agency involved in Global Gold market development, showed that demand for jewellery, and gold bars and coins fell 42% to 173 tonnes during the fourth quarter of 2011.

At the same time, demand in China grew to 190.6 tonnes during October-December 2011, compared to 190.3 tonnes a year ago, marking the first time when India dropped to the second position in gold consumption rankings.

“Why Gold puts Indians in Second Position?

“While one group of Indians is enjoying with gold other groups are struggling to meet their basic needs including food, education, shelter, securities etc. if we want to see the prosperity of India then not only the groups of Indians but 120 crore Indians must prosper ….”

MBA Colleges shutting down across India

As many as 65 business management colleges across India are planning to close down; these institutes no longer see business sense in offering an MBA course, preferring to use the land for more lucrative ventures.


Real Ways to Make Money using web and Blogging

Sudama is confused. His friend Gadama is all enjoying life with a lot of wealth.  How does he do that?
 Have ideas, need ways to make money!  Looking for ways to make money with your blog can be frustrating.  You spend a lot of time on internet but nothing happens. Because your money accounts are not adding any value from this time.   When something or some one does not make addition in your accout, it is considered futile.  People might even say this guy is simply wasting his time.  Doing that on web, for having money you need traffic from users in form of clicks and hits (visits). Either you don’t have enough traffic or you are not sure what to do.

Most of the internet savvy crowd ask this question once they come to taste something called “Make money Online“.  Lets see what sudama could have done in order to get the traffic.

Sudama is an ordinary guy, who writes in his diaries, paints oil color,  does photoshop designs, types few articles in inboxes and blogs. He works in an IT environment for a salary, this is a way to earn and live.

Classical method

Apply for a post in a firm. Firms can be Governmental or Private or even a mix.  Sudama’s parents want him to do a regular job. They dont like him into business. He cannot pursue his talents.  Parents have a dream for him. Sudama has to pass an interview or bribe the officers, to get a post (job). Once he is able to get a job, he gets money till his death if its a govt. job. Once he is able to make it into a private firm, he is secured till the company fires him or he hires another job. In this method, you dont need to work too hard or see work as serious (more true if you are into Govt. job). If in Govt. Job, Forget about making money ONLINE,  just concentrate on making money UNDER THE TABLE. If in a private firm, think about ONLINE apart from doing your own things in between.

Everything is fare in the above category, greed, scams scandals, bribe, back bite, screw and forge to cite a few ways…



Other than this there are plenty of ideas to make money online. If you are a beginner, there are genuine opportunities available to you. The internet is waiting for you.

Sudama tries  to list opportunities and ideas that are real and working here. All these are called ‘MONETISATION‘.

Freelance opportunities 

  Well there are a plenty of opportunities in the country for a freelancer.  Freelancing is when you are capable of acheiving a task for someone else in return for a payment, without having to be in the pay roll of the client.  You can be a designer or a coder.  If you can write, there are writing opportunities available. If you are a designer, you have designing opportunities available.
Here your talent is paid in currency.  The happier the client is, more your payment is.  Risk associated are higher.

WordPress Pluggins for Sites (plugins)

Widgets need to be inserted into the layout of your blog posts or your own site.

   Adsense is a Google method.  It is one of the most popular and Legitimate ideas to make money online. Basically its a program for putting Ads in your site, you get paid for the amount of people visiting your site. More international visitors, means more value for their visits.  Google has clear cut rules for implementing Adsense.

Write an e-book
   It is another creative opportunity to make money online. You sell your expertise by writing an ebook. There are huge opportunities available to promote your ebook, provided it is a good one. We cover all the details and tools required for a beginner to begin his ebook business.

Travel writing

Paid Surveys

 Sudama talks about suggestions and advice. ADVICE is the only commodity on the market where the supply always exceeds the demand.  ADVICE is seldom welcome, and those who want it the , like it in the least quantity. Others will follow your footsteps easier than they will your advice. So in a nutshell, advices, opinions, your ideas are all welcome but lets put them in better use.

   Do you have opinions.  Your opinion counts a lot. Most companies out there would like to know your opinion about their products and how to improve them. There is large number of survey providers out there who would enroll you for free. You will be sent surveys based on your profiles and remunerated accordingly. There are scams in paid surveys.

 Sudama warns against paying  rupees to make money with paid surveys. You have all the information you require to learn this opportunity provided in detail on the web.

Please spend some quality time here on the web. start searching the web for “How to make money online”.   Bookmark the websites and spread the news to your friends about the opportunities online.  Be disciplined and follow the methods with patience.

Use the blogs and discussion forums to discuss more about the opportunities included here. 
Facebook is doing the same concept. They are making money online, but in a big way.  Every user who logs in gives facebook a click.  Millions of users click in every second generating a huge traffic for facebook.
Twitter is the new way in web where news comes to you in small snippets.  Daily dose of news, just the way you want it.

Super common man

India is the next superpower. We had a super culture. We are trying to super civilise.  We are building the 100 % indian super computer.  We have super cities that play and display super action movies. We have super crimes.  We have super nuclear plans and at the same time we have super unclear plans too. We have some super common peopleBut they are  in a deep Super “Sleep”…. Sleeping for ever ….. SUPER COMMON MAN …….
He is fighting in his “Super” dream. Its the constant friction between losing Culture and adapting Civilization.
The so  called common man, or  poor of earth are the whipping humans for the richer humans of earth who see no value in these humans and the richer humans know they can push the poor humans around like the peas on their over ample dinner plates!
Common people fight against officials and fail.   But still common people fight, It sets an example which changes the history of mankind.  Common man fights the system. Admisinitrative system.  System of schemes and plans.
 Irregularities in administration of schemes and depriving the poor of the assured benefits should be treated as a crime against humanity. May be it will chasten a responsible group of officials. 
Humanity is facing an adversity.  Humanity is the story of “Struggle of this common man”.
Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us, all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. Memoirs of a Geisha
Gandhi believed that one day he will come back to see his country and countrymen.  But he was not sure when. He is waiting. 
They say ‘Never break your dreams, Protect them’.  He too dreamt often.  But he dreams of an INDIAN visit, every now and then.  Every dream left him with loss of tears.  Sad though, he just cried looking at the poor. Gandhi had come as a guest (un invited though )to see the re-public day parade.  He was dropped at the posh MP locality of Delhi, by GOD’s carrier at Mid night’s Heavanoplane(*thats a aeroplane originally developed for Ravana, may be by Ra-One Labs but confiscated by GODs , may be G1 or G 7).  He happened to witness a re- private party, on the republic day. Politicians of all castes and creed were enjoying drinks and brings.  Somebody threw a pack of rubbish outside, it hit on his face.  Some like to paste entire cakes on their friend’s face during b day parties. Something similar happens every second in india. Rubbish falls out of homes into locality almost every second.
Indians rank number high in brings and hospitality.  They will eat from any dining table untill it is a social and legal problematic issue.  Like a politician may enjoy a low caste bring in the dark, and keep on enjoying it till its almost dawn, but stops it right then. Because its day. He has to be legal in the bright day.  Ilegal is only at night( darkest time of the day, when you are invisble).
There are untouchable politicians in india.  Some caste politicians look whiter, creamier much like Indopeans(Indo-europeans), other caste look like black with brownish barbaian tarnish.
UNTOUCHABILITY IS LIKE a political DAY NIGHT MATCH, never play in the day/ play it safe at night.”
Sympathy is filled in our heart like urine fills our bladder. Faithfully oblige any Urinal till you havent released the last drop. Once its released, We bashed our urinal culture.  Thwack system. 
Home to every Indian,  is a promised promise by the Indian Law. 
We often forget the quality of our judiciary ! The hon’ble judges with the inputs from the learned lawyers & police demanded few years for time for pronouncing judgement on the murderer caught during crime. The criminals, if at all punished, serve the term and re emerge themselves as Super criminals.
We only love superlatives. We love “Super” Hits, “Super” Fast. Our relatives and friends (mostly indians) love us because we have a ‘Super’ Job, ‘Super’ Spouse , ‘Super’ House.  Others might like you for “Super” Computer and your “Super” Mouse ….
“Super social identity”, of even the corrupt people makes them  Our “Super” Heroes…..
Our “super heroes‘ are somewhere in a party, hitting each other and bitching about us…. they are doing it “SUPER”…
We are in the “Super” deep sleep…..One day we will wake up ………or may be never at all …. till  then no one can respond to the call of humanity.

 Society ……..

………. continues ……… to grow in number …. SUPER BILLION …..