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Being Poor Is Tough

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So why am I talking about poverty? Its not that I have turned into a social worker (These social workers are really great people and I am a…let it be {no abuses for this post}).

I was catalyzed into writing about poverty by Blog Action Day 2008 BAD-Poverty

But still, why did I chose to write? I am a selfish ******** ! !

So what I thought, when I saw this blog action thing was, that we as bloggers are bloody privileged to be able to afford computers, internet charges etc. We can do this just because of one reason – WE ARE NOT POOR!! That’s it. Now we can lie to ourselves that maybe those poor guys are not good enough to write intellectually. But that’s crap…We write because we have money. If I was poor, I would have been more concerned about earning my bread and butter and would never have been thinking about blogging at all.

Blog Action Day 2008 presented me with an excellent opportunity to remember this gift of ‘non poorness’ by God to me. And that actually is the reason why I write this post.

Now here is an interesting map I saw at

World Distorted by Poverty

This shows that our world has been so disfigured by poverty.. 🙂 

No. This map actually shows the area of each country in ratio of their population living below poverty line. Sound confusing? Simply said, this map ‘ballons’ the places which have high population along with poverty. Example – India, Africa. Conversely, Americas and Europe and Japan have a smaller presence on this map.

If you have problems with this ‘strange’ map, some informational and ‘normal’ poverty related maps & data can be found here.

If you check Wikipedia, you get poverty as –

Deprivation of common necessities that determine the quality of life, including food, clothing, shelter and safe drinking water, and may also include the deprivation of opportunities to learn, to obtain better employment to escape poverty, and/or to enjoy the respect of fellow citizens.

Its really not a crime to be poor. Murder is definitely a crime; but it is not a crime to be murdered; So, if poverty is a crime, then to be ‘povertised’, is not a crime!! Isn’t it? Think for yourselves. Ask yourself that what is the fault of the poor for which they have been born poor. None.

I agree that I rarely do things to eradicate poverty. But I try helping the poor. But I feel that I should focus more on the eradicating part. I don’t know that whether this list is suffice or even any good at all. But I think we can try some of these things to normalize the map shown above.

These are just a few of the ways that came to my mine right now…

  1. Teach the poor children to generate ideas to solve their very own problems. You can always teach someone. Isn’t it?
  2. Donate spare or old technology to a poor family.
  3. Donate your skills to a poverty-fighting NGO.
  4. Use your blog or website to tell the story of someone who overcame poverty.
  5. Try turning vegetarian for some time to know how the poor guys live on green diet.
  6. Stop buying stuff that you will soon be bored off. You can always buy stuff for poor guys.
  7. Check your wardrobes to check for ‘unused but still usable’ clothes that can be given to a charitable organization.
  8. Avoid overconsumption.
  9. Help the poor fight corruption.
  10. Try being homeless for a while. You will know how they feel. A really close friend of mine, even did this noble deed.
  11. Educate others about this.
  12. And most importantly, be compassionate. Show some empathy.


Think about it…

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Written by Dev

October 15, 2008 at 1:56 am

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  1. Nice post, great map – haven’t seen that before

    Mr K

    October 15, 2008 at 2:05 am

  2. Great post..well done x


    October 15, 2008 at 2:11 am

  3. Isn’t that map shocking….Australia is only just visible


    October 15, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Employees’ unions of government banks in India have been going on all-India strikes frequently. They have already brought Indian economy to standstill five times in the past 7 weeks.
    Now, the State Bank of India employees want to go on an indefinite strike from 2008 October 20. SBI is the biggest bank in India that disburses all government salaries and pensions, and finances all the major enterprises in India. The strike will cause a daily loss of Rs 700 bn to the public apart from causing unimaginable hardship to millions of small businessmen and pensioners.
    The employees are not with the strikers emotionally, but they fear union bullying; and are forced to strike. The Union leaders want the PSBs weakened so that private new generation banks might prosper. Frequent whimsical strike calls are aimed at bringing PSBs down to reduce them to mere shell companies bereft of funds and public trust.
    In the interest of India’s public sector and the banking public, we request the unions to desist from going on more strikes. Do not pursue this treasonous course of action and weaken your country’s economy further in these times of global economic disaster! We appeal to your patriotism.

    Please sign the Petitions at

    Job Xavier

    October 15, 2008 at 2:35 pm

  5. Pretty incredible map…! I didn’t know about the Blog Action Day until I read this post.. Will do my bit too..


    October 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm

  6. I like the list of action points you came up with. It’s one thing to talk about poverty and it’s another to actually DO something.

    I work with , a website that offers people the chance to make a difference to a cause of their choice. It’s a great example of how technology can bring about change. Now a tiny NGO in Assam or Orissa or anywhere in India has a chance to raise funds from a mighty pool of donors.


    October 15, 2008 at 4:09 pm

  7. @Mr K
    Same here Mr K. Even I was surprised to see this ‘skewed’ map.

    Thanx… 🙂

    The main reason for astonishing absence of Australia is that niether it has a significant population nor a large % of poor population.

    Yup…the map is different. Though it does bulge India (Wrongly though) 😉

    Its a pleasure to have a comment from someone doing noble deeds like you Amita. I totally agree with you that technology can play a major role in eradicating poverty and its the duty of people like U and me to realise this.


    October 16, 2008 at 1:22 am

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