You know, I live in my own bubble, but sometimes, I come face to face with real India, or how India is for the poor and the underprivileged. My 65-year old cook, I noticed, came with a badly swollen face and was crying quietly. I asked what happened and it turns out she was beaten by another woman who had given her a loan of Rs. 20,000 to her many years ago. Yes, beaten, on the streets. Nobody came to her support and nobody stopped the other lady from beating her.
Now my cook says she paid over Rs. 45,000 including the interest. But this lady wanted Rs. 500 more. When my cook refused to give her the money she beat her really badly. I asked her to file a police complaint and to call her children. She has 3 adult children, and all of them washed their hands off, said they did not want to get involved. She says the police will ask for a bribe anyway and it’s not worth it. The poor lady got the loan in the first place to marry her daughter off and her daughter won’t have anything to do with her now.
Life is not easy for so many in India. I realized that with a jolt today.