All hail the rise of India’s urban stupid

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  1. pmaitra

    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    All hail the rise of India’s urban stupid

    WRITTEN BY Akshat Rathi | [SOURCE]

    India’s 1% are suffering like its 99%—that is, if the 99% had sports cars and Louis Vuitton shoes.

    According to anecdotes reported by BuzzFeed, an aspiring actress works in a dance bar to afford a Gucci top. A marketing executive bought a fancy car on a bank loan but now sleeps in it because she can’t afford to pay rent. And then there is a young journalist who skips lunch so she can buy fancy sandwiches for dinner instead.

    It’s easy to dismiss these anecdotes in the light of the actual poverty in India. The real urban poor include the driver who has to work two jobs to pay for his kids’ education; the maid who’s forced to pay for both her husband’s alcohol addiction and his medical bills; or the ragpickers who rummage the garbage to find recyclables that will buy them a meal.

    But those are old problems. They’ve always been there. Even if you give your maid a raise, it’s hardly going to change anything. So we are implored by BuzzFeed to pay attention to the problems of today:

    Objectively and relative to a vast majority of Indians, they aren’t “poor” at all. But they’re certainly hungry and broke a lot. These are the metro-dwelling twentysomethings who’ve internalized the pressures surrounding them, and spend a majority of their salaries on keeping up the lifestyles and appearances that they believe are essential to earning those salaries.

    It’s not often that you hear about the 1% going hungry. These may be self-inflicted harms, but they are real nonetheless. People don’t get afflicted by the habits of the rich for the sheer fun of it. It happens because of immense peer pressure: there are always fancy party pics on Facebook, expensive brunches on Instagram, and foreign beach holidays on Snapchat. And to be part of the community, you have to comply.

    Welcome to the social-media cave


    I asked my friends whether they knew any “urban poor.” Most were appalled that such financial idiocy existed. But then, slowly and guiltily, some came forth with stories of similar choices. In a perverse sense, now that people are opening up, it’s cool to admit having made a bad financial choice (or at least thought of making one).

    One friend told of a 25-year-old who sold his dad’s Enfield to buy a Ford Ecosport. Most of the man’s tiny salary from a startup job went towards paying back the bank loans he’d taken out, while his wife’s salary paid for groceries and rent.

    Then there is a young executive who commutes long distance to save on rent. The reason? So that he can buy the annual two-week foreign trip.

    And there is a 28-year-old who could walk to work, but doesn’t. He thinks people would judge him if he did. So instead, he spends money every day on an Uber to and fro.


    They are part of the first generation in India that is not living in a world of scarcity. Two decades ago, their parents wouldn’t have dreamed of the lifestyle their kids have today. Back then, people’s primary concerns were jobs and savings. Now designer clothes and swanky bars take precedence.

    “It’s like the popularity contest in school,” one friend said. “Instead of fading, it has just shifted to the urban space.”

    The driving force for the so-called urban poor is not just social status, but social-media status. They might hesitate to save up for a fancy business-school degree, which would confer its own kind of prestige. But they won’t delay spending on things that provide them with instant gratification, especially when it can be shared via social media. At that moment, some young professionals value the status update from Bali more than an MBA.

    One might ask how people can justify making such short-sighted and superficial financial decisions. But each person, in their own way, is equally trapped in the social-media rat race. So you might want to forgive them for forgetting the difference between peer pressure and stupidity.

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    Commentary:

    • There has been a rise of this show-off culture in India, with a lot of display of opulence and a lack of depth or substance.
    • Humility takes a second place to braggadociousness.
    • Most online netizens seem to be very angry, which perhaps indicates the miserable lives they are leading.
     
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    sasum Atheist but not Communists. Senior Member

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    The "Show off" culture is primarily limited to Punjs. Two Bollywood films - 'Oye Lucky..Lucky Oye' and 'Vicky Donor' beautifully depict this phenomenon.
     
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    Kshatriya87 Senior Member Senior Member

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    True. I also know of prominent bollywood actresses who are available for one night stand for a nice fee because they don't get enough movies now and they can't leave their previous lavish lifestyle. They feel inferior if they don't maintain the bollywood lifestyle.

    I know this having experienced it personally with a well known actress involved.
     
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    :hail::hail::hail:


    :clap2::basanti::gangnam::clap2: :daru:

    DFI says..cant post nything without reference link....
    :biggrin2:MMS Video link accepted!!! :biggrin2:
     
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    Kshatriya87 Senior Member Senior Member

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    LoL. Sorry to disappoint you bro but being a famous enough actress, she didn't even allow to take a pic, forget about an MMS.
     
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    Yeah!!
    Sad...Anyone with NO STRINGS attached comes with Strings attached..Blame the fame.
     
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    Yup, I can let you know the rate and initials if you want. Nothing more.
     
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    sasum Atheist but not Communists. Senior Member

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    I am going to inform to Dte. of Revenue Intelligence. You seem to have loads of black money to squander around :bounce:
     
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    "Thou shalt record and Upload"
    Breaking sweat and No Social Media Status!!! Blasphemy!!!!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    "Available for one night stand for nice fee"

    :dude:

    You could have saved dozens of keystrokes by replacing it with the very less known term "whoring"

    :D
     
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    haha.. it was actually a birthday gift. I didn't spend a dime.
     
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    My bad. :tongue:
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    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    For b'day???????

    :wtf:

    You have good friends, bro.

    I had a friend's b'day last week. I sent him this video on whatsapp, that is it. :D



    He wasn't in town at that time, otherwise we would have bashed him up too. :D
     
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    Okay...So its a MOVABLE PROPERTY!!!

    When are gifts exempt from tax?
    You are exempt from tax under the following situations:

    • monetary value of all gifts received don't add up to Rs.50,000.
    • Received from a relative (see below)
    • Received on occasion of marriage
    • Received by way of a will or inheritance
    • Received in contemplation of death of the payer
    • Received from Local Authority
    • Received from a fund, foundation, university, or other educational institution, hospitals, or any trust of institution defined in Section 10(23C)
    • Money Received from a charitable Institution registered under section 12AA

    Gift Received: Movable Property without any consideration
    *Damn sure you wont have shown any consideration :biggrin2:

    Condition: Fair Market Value of property> Rs.50,000

    Tax Treatment : Total Fair Market Value is chargeable to tax
     
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    RS. 125000

    Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
     
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    There has always been stupid people. Every generation has their fair share. And its not limited to internet users. I see the same in rural folks too. Most teens these days demand for a 'beeg' smartphone or a bike.
     
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    sasum Atheist but not Communists. Senior Member

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    Ha ha ha..so long as you keep eating dal-roti, kadi-chawal you are intelligent. The moment you order a pizza, you become stupid.
     
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    Between that lady who wrote this article was so much harassed on twitter by so called liberals that she posted she wont be any more active on twitter
     
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    Point is not ordering pizza but then starving one self so as to order pizza when rest of opitions are avaliable
     

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