Lahore Beggars

Coming back to streets of lahore! i drive around at different place but when i come at any signal to stop my car, the beggars starts to come car by car for asking money. Well, in my heart i feel pain and help poor people asking for people, may be one or two rupee can do it. But as a society i have to think why these so many beggars are present at every signal and places asking for money. Are we really poor or potrait to be poor society.

The beggars on streets and roads of lahore are very organized and they are multiplying with time.
i define the lahore beggars in few categories.

1)Old Beggars
Amma jee and baba jee, the old people who come to you and ask for money.
these old people use to accept anything whatever you give but some dont take money less then
Rs.10 Rupee. This shows a new attitude in beggars due to high cost of living.

2)Family of beggars
One lady holding son in one arm and asking for money, once you give some money to her
her daughter will come to you, if you have given to her also, the son or another small child will come
for asking more money.

3)Smart Beggars
They come to you and asking for money by telling you a problem e.g.
One person on bike come to you and ask u, pls help me as i dont have money to petrol
Pls give me some money for bread or Pls give me some money for traveling back by home town
which is out of lahore.

4)Newspaper Beggars
The unsuccessful newspapers agency which no one bothered to read, they hired small boys for
distributing newspapers on signals, if you dont buy the newspaper, they ask you for some money

5)Glass cleaner Beggars
if you stop your car and the car is dirty, the small boy will come to your car and start cleanning
if you tell him to stop, he wont, untill you really get angry. So the small boy will clean your front
and back car window and come for asking some money.

6)Cursing Beggars
These beggars have their own terms, they can be old person wearing rings or some snake-man who
shows snake dances or it can be monkey-man, these low profile jugglars in early 80’s, earn money by show tricks but now they ask for money on signals or shops or coming at your home.

7)Accidental Beggars
These beggars have some physical problem like arm or hand is not present or they dont have leg
or burnt or some other physical or mental problem. I can understand, they might be requiring money
and prefered on other people.

8)Naked Beggars
These beggars are very few in lahore, few slices of clothes are present on their body and these old
men are walking naked on main roads. Once one man was standing in center of main road facing to
traffic and not wear clothes and yelling to the coming cars towards him. This incident recently happened few days back near link canal road joining Mall and Jail road.

9)Healthy Beggars
These beggars looks quiet okay, who can work but they are asking money as they find its easy to
earn money via begging.

Well, these all above people should be stopped, as they creating problems for themselves and us
due to them, traffic jams can happen and we should not encouraged them by giving money as i think
you can give money to really needy person who u know rather then on streets as these people play
with your emotions. The police present on signals should stop such people on roads and we can stop them by not giving money.

12 Comments so far

  1. nferouz on September 29th, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

    Please consider seeking help proofreading (or rewriting) next time you post. The issue of begging aside, the painfully incorrect (and hilarious) language in this post damages the overall image of Lahore Metroblogs.

  2. Asim.Net.Pk (asim) on September 29th, 2008 @ 8:56 pm

    :( okay noted your comments! next time i forward you before posting!

  3. paknation on September 30th, 2008 @ 3:54 am

    Major spelling/grammar mistakes, have you ever used spell check tool?

  4. R. MAK. (rmak) on September 30th, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

    Its a very interesting post. Asim portrayed and classified baggers into amusing categorized.

    @paknation & nferouz
    Blogging is about putting your point across. Its not about language and grammar. Its newspapers where you should do proofreading & stuff before publishing.

    I went through the post without any problem and understood it without noticing any errors. This means Asim succeeded in communication to me at least. That’s what matter in a blog.

    As senior bloggers, you guys should have encouraged Asim for writing on a great subject. Instead of publicly humilating his english, you could have used our Google Group for reaching to him to mentor him.

    I am really pissed off at both of above comments. This is LAHORE PAA JEE, No one is expected to be a FIRANGI

  5. Hasan Mubarak (hasanmubarak) on September 30th, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

    Begging is a full-time business that’s quite profitable even in the times of worst economic crunch. These beggars have their own regions and these territories all across Lahore are given to the highest beggar bidders in an auction…

  6. newyork08 on September 30th, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

    Great post Asim, yet another sad example of how we Pakistanis don’t succeed…we humiliate each other in public. Shame on you ‘nferouz’ and ‘paknation’.

  7. momekh on September 30th, 2008 @ 11:58 pm

    Interesting post, Asim. I tend to disagree with you on some points here.

    But the word beggars itself is an institutionalized term, meaning that it has more meaning to it than just the literal translation of the word. The menace of beggars that our society faces is not, what you call, Newspaper beggars. Someone selling newspapers is not classified as a beggar. Although he (or she) may ask for money when you don’t buy the paper (or anything else that he or she may be selling). I mean, I would call them desperate (for lack of a better word to describe the feeling of sympathy that I think we all should feel towards someone going so , mmm, low). I can ask or insist my friend or parents etc to give or lend me something, technically I am asking for something that ain’t mine, but that is not begging.
    Begging is the first symptom of an unbalanced society. Curing the symptom of course never cures the disease.

    P.S. the two dudes with the ahem-ahem ‘corrective attitude’ remind of a few editors that I have had the pleasure of working with, who were quick to point out that I ought to have used F7 and what not. You guys work in the journalism industry, right? Tell me I am right. :P


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  9. Asim.Net.Pk (asim) on October 2nd, 2008 @ 11:34 am

    Thanks for your comments!
    however, this was first post thats and directly wrote without check spelling tool as i think Blogging is for fun. Criticize is acceptable!
    anyways i try better next time!:)

    I fully understand Blogs are coming more professional but as we all come from different backgrounds, we should not expect all fingers and minds to be same.

    i think you are right! but if one person will do it, its named for all
    as i find that so many beggars and no one to check, how they are rocking
    on streets!

  10. nferouz on October 3rd, 2008 @ 10:18 am

    Asim Kh, I apologize for my comment earlier. Please forgive me. R MAK is right; one can understand what you wrote without problems.

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