Gurgaon. Local rickshaw puller Dhani Ram and his family entered the Lower-Middle Class early last month, an year after migrating to Gurgaon from a drought-stricken village in Parbhani district of Bihar. This sudden upturn has left them with too many choices for their comfort. Experts are blaming the booming economy of India for pushing the family into what may be the most complex phase of their lives.

“Suddenly I was forced to buy a mobile,” says Dhani Ram, who got lost for two days among all the options available to him, and now is having a hard time deciding a ring tone that best suits his personality. “I was quite adept at deciding the right time to sow rice – that is, immediately after it rained. Now, I have to also keep in mind the children’s birthdays, our marriage anniversary and religious festivals, and spend countless sleepless nights thinking over what presents to give them,” he reports.


Owing to his hard work and honesty, Dhani Ram hopes to drive taxi one day, but is afraid if life could become even tougher

The move has been tough on other members of the family as well. “I was happier when the most complex problem we had to face was whether we were going to eat that night or not,” says Haria, the wife. “Now I have to constantly worry whether our monthly household expenses will fit within the budget or not. It’s just too much,” she exclaims.

Unfortunately for Dhani Ram, things are only going to get worse as he becomes more prosperous. “If the current trend of economic growth persists,” says economic expert Pratham Mishra, “come next summer, he would be faced with the challenge of finding a summer camp for his children, and parking space for his Nano. They would also have to suffer due to the lack of decent family restaurants in their vicinity,” he predicts.

Experts say that this problem is quite common in societies who find themselves rich all of a sudden. “The central government is to blame,” agrees BSP leader Mayawati. “They never gave any thought to the dalits of India before ushering in the economic boom all of a sudden. How do the poor know what to do with all the money?”

However, as per reports just in, other economic classes of India are also facing similar problems. The Mehta family, after their move to the Upper-Middle Class, suddenly lost their ability to travel in a non-AC car. They are also currently lamenting the extreme property prices in Gurgaon that don’t allow space for a home movie theatre.

Dhani Ram and his family, however, have decided to stick it out. “We may not know if we’ll have a car hood over our heads tomorrow or not, but we have each other and our new LG Flat Screen TV, and our love for it will keep us together during these harsh times.”

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16 Responses to “Rickshaw puller climbs up to middle class, finds life tough”

  1. I concur with BMW (Bahin Maya Wati), it is all a “chaal” by “Manuwadi taakaten”

  2. Good one, on the ever complaining people!!

  3. Even I am facing very similar problems of spending all the money that I get from job! life was all simple during college days…!

  4. One of the best satires. Too good.

  5. POOR,oops suddenly rich dhani ram

  6. dhani ram June 28, 2010

    omg,i am suffering from diabetes,gastrics

  7. Mr. India June 28, 2010


  8. William Fakespeare June 28, 2010

    Very good one. “Rising petrol prices is a new headache for me. It didn’t matter in my rickshaw days” he said. Also, his kids are bugging him to book tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

  9. “”aare itna sukh hum se bardast nhi ho raha hai bhai…..hamare wo din hi kitne ache the….kahe gaaoo se yahan aagaye hum!!!!ab AC se saas phoolne laga hai aur…litti chokha bhi public mai chain se kha nhi paa rahe haan……aur kya bataye bhai sukh hi dukh!!””

  10. Rahul May 13, 2011

    I find this very sad sense of humor, if ignorant people with money find this funny by sitting in comfort in front of a computer; then please give off everything, live in a hut (in rain and cold) eat 1/10th of what you eat now; go to toilet at 5am outside and you will not even have money to buy medicines, buy soap, clothes or every other thing you take for granted in your daily life. Then perhaps you will realize what you have presently is heaven.

    I request PP not to post such kind of articles which mock the poor…..this is ruining both your image and that of FN

    • Rahul, Sorry. I guess you are judging it wrong. The author here is not saying that prosperity is a bad thing but he/she tried to bring our attention to the fact that whatever comforts & luxuries we are getting today but we are not still satisfied but earlier majority was satisfied even in the lack of basic necessities.

      How much we have become dependable on luxuries. Now we cannot spend couple of days without mobile connectivity or internet. We have 1000+ frnds in social networking site though it is a different thing that most of us don’t even know a single person in our society.

      We cannot sustain one hour of power-cut now, when most of us (at least I ) have seen long hours of power cuts and sometimes no power at all.
      Very nice article.

    • Crazyfrog June 21, 2011

      I agree with Sam too…

    • Bharat July 13, 2011

      @ Rahul Abe jab akal nahi hai toh bolna zaroori hai kya…..or are you just like your namesake rahul gandhi showing false concern for the poor. Satire ka mtlab pata hota toh itni bakwaas nahi karta.the author is only mocking at the shallowness of the middle class and the neo rich. It also draws our attention to the basic concerns like hunger facing the poor inspite of the claims of inclusive economic growth by the government