Living in India one is always witness to constant contrasts. In a country where almost 69% of the population lives on less than USD$2 a day (According to World Bank figures) there are still many examples of extreme wealth. Whilst you do see increasing numbers of exotic cars on the roads and large houses being constructed, it’s the little things that make you realize how wealthy some people are.
Yesterday I was in a gourmet food shop satisfying my desire for foreign cheese, and I watched as a little boy all of 6 years old, walked in followed by his driver, and his body-guard. The boy had just come from playing cricket and his bodyguard was carrying his bat, helmet and gloves.
Wandering over to the shelves he picked up a vile looking bottle of blue colored sugar-water, walked to the counter, and confirmed with the shop assistant that it was in fact a sports drink, at which point his driver handed over the money. The boy took a couple of swigs from the bottle then handed it back to his driver and walked out the door, entourage following in his wake!
Meanwhile after searching for change, I paid for my items, held the door open with my foot and carried my own bags out to my modest self-driven car.
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