Monday, March 20, 2006

Mumbai, Home to Helpless Talents

History has witnessed an everlasting trail of people coming to Mumbai in hopes of a bright future, falling perfectly inline with what Mumbai has been always known for. As always enticing outsiders, Mumbai is viewed as a place where people come hungry but don't sleep hungry.
Continueing along the similar lines, I recently met many of the similar people coming from remote areas of U.P., Bihar, Haryana, A.P., Tamilnadu, and virtually all states in India.
The typical categories of jobs these people were found doing were:
  • Rickshaw & Taxi Driving(Most of the rickshaw and taxi drivers in Mumbai are U.P. and Bihar people)
  • Paanwalas
  • Doodhwalas
  • Security Guards
.... and many more.
To my surprize, many of these guys came Mumbai in hopes of seeing their talents flourish, but with no penny in pockets. I don't know whether to call it unfortunate or lucky, they started earning their livelihoods fearing the slappings of time and feeling hunger. The jobs that gave them their first bucks of living were unfortunately not as they were supposed to be; they were not utilizing their talented sides. Yes, the talented sides of them were really bright but covered by mist of helplessness, hunger. One of the security guards at my office had been a draftsman a long ago and the man at coffee machine is an aspirant for becoming a graphic designer. His drawings of cartoons and memory-based sketches really display a nice treat to eyes and aesthetic senses.

How to help them meet their goals, is something which requires a great thought from everyone well-to-do.
As they say, "a good live cannot blossom in an environment of want and poverty."


mahek said...

hi tech n fun,
Nice to see your ample no. of tips in technologies and nice posts.
But i choose this 1 to reply as dreams could not be realise in the city of dreams -Mumbai. Migrating from several places with the hope f fulfulling their dreams people generally go to the city which are job hubs but when their calls are not answered ,they compromise with it.
The same thaught is being given in your post too. But as you said,"who has answers for it?"

Keep writing.

freakyTechie said...

Thanks Mahek for your generous comment!
After having written that post about 2 years back, I feel, sometimes even the efforts made by those deserving guys are not up to the mark either. So, the reason for helplessness cannot be merely the cruelty of the outside world, it's also that many people aren't as good as the presentation layer as they are at the content they have, what say?