Sunday, March 07, 2010

Helplessly limbless

Been wanting to write about this for about a week now. I guess better late than never, huh?

I admit I am new in the city - Mumbai - the roller-coaster of a city this is. So everyday, I see this little girl with no upper limbs -- yes, no arms -- prostate on the ground, in the train station. And everyday, I pass by without dropping the expected coins. It is so surreal -- this limbless apathy I exhibit but do not really feel. I want to drop all my coins there, every single note I possess can go there -- but I guess I am too practical to actually do that. Somewhere in my mind I realize it is an act, the little girl, limbless though she may be, is part of a larger nexus out there to swindle me, but somehow, it galls me not to do something about it. Makes me feel guilty about my relatively privileged existence... I know it is ridiculous, but I cannot help it. But I refrain from giving money to the prostate girl and the other prostate, limbless boy at the station. There are just too many people who deserve sympathy and I just cannot give my sympathy to so many. I make a living and just want to be left alone to enjoy what I earn, and not feel guilty about the masses of limblessness around me...

Am I selfish? I guess I am. Not more than anyone out there though, I am sure.


Blogger Ace of Spades said...

you're damn right! noone can lecture you on this. we are a suspicious people now failing to distinguish between the genuine and the fake (or deserving and non-deserving) not only in the case of the limbless folks, but also between perfectly normal everyday folks. being a hypocrite is the in thing and our own personal swindler's list has everyones name in it.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous beb said...

Be practical and donate to a charity and buy the girl some food. Or adopt her!

10:59 AM  
Blogger Ghetufool said...

this is not just your dilemma but faced by almost everybody in this city. No, adopting them or buying them food is not an option. More we show our sympathy to them, probably one more unfortunate baby is meeting the same fate somewhere (for all those simpleton proposing to help these helpless people, you don’t know, half of them are MADE and not natural!!! And no, I didn’t learn this from slumdog millionaire, it’s an open secret) you remove that girl from the station, somebody else will take her place and some other unfortunate baby, snatched from her mother’s lap will be ‘trained’ to replace the replacer. This girl’s life is doomed. Leave her to her own fate. Don’t make others’ fate doomed too!
What can we do vartic but to become comfortably numb. The world is not a right place, so be it. Just try not to feel for them. carry on with your usual business and weep if you can at the corner of your room but no more. it sounds cruel but it is what it is.
And for all those people going to protest my comment – fuck you all.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Shuv said...

'There was a time I could see. And I have seen. Boys like these,
younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there is nothin' like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is
no prosthetic for that' - Pacino, Scent of a Woman.

I could write what you wrote about 99% people I meet out their pathetic meaningless lives and dying bit by bit each day.

Do you feel guilty about them too?

5:16 AM  
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These are the work of crime syndicate who organize such displays to beg for money where tourists mostly gathered. Its happening in big cities in China, Malaysia, Thailand and other Asian countries.

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