How does it feel like to be poor?

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2017-8-19 15:56

穷人为什么会穷?如何摆脱困境?

I am the son of a woman who cleans other people's house. I lost my father at a tender age of 7. Feeding us (me and my younger brother) from the meagre money she earns became difficult to cover our basic needs. We used to live on a single meal per day, sometimes twice when my Mom took the half-eaten meals left on the dinner plate from others house.
我妈妈的工作是帮别人打扫房间,父亲在我七岁的时候就去世了。仅靠母亲那点微薄的工资,越来越难以养活我和弟弟。那时我们一天只能吃上一顿饭,有时候妈妈带一些别人吃剩的食物回来,我们就能吃上第二顿。

My family suffers from malnutrition and we are all emaciated. Our house was mud-walled and had a grass-thatched roof, which would leak terribly when the rain falls. The rain brought with them the Anopheles mosquitoes which transmitted malaria. I was the most vulnerable to malaria infections in my family. I vividly remember once I was praying to God to take my soul while lying in the hospital bed when I was 10.
我们一家都营养不良,个个骨瘦如柴。我家的墙是泥作的和屋顶是茅草盖上去的,每当下雨的时候,屋里面也会跟着下雨。下雨会导致传播疟疾的蚊虫滋生,而我,是我家里面最容易感染疟疾的。十岁那年,我清晰地记得自己躺在医院的病床上,请求上帝把我的灵魂带走。

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My Mom took me to a government school (primary school) and got me admitted because she always encouraged us to take education seriously and said this is the only way we can come out from this situation. So I started taking my education seriously. Until 4th class I got free books from my primary school, when I passed 4th class, I have to join new school (secondary school) from 5th as the previous school I were studied was having classes up to 4th. From 5th I must buy books and I have to walk 6 km from my house to reach school. My Mom always reached out to people and asked books for my studies. This gave me lot of energy and a reason to work hard and do good in my studies and I maintained the top position in my class.
我妈妈想办法让我进了公立学校(小学),她鼓励我们要努力学习,这才是唯一能摆脱贫穷的方法,所以我很珍惜这个上学的机会。直到四年级,我都是靠着学校提供的免费课本读书的,由于学校只提供到四年级的课程,在我上完四年级后,我要换学校了。从五年级开始我必须自己购买课本。此外从我家去新学校还要步行 6 公里。为了我的学业,妈妈向别人求得我所需要的课本,她为我做的一切给予我很多动力,我十分用功地学习,在班上一直名列前茅。

My classmates were always bullying me because I always study in class even during my lunch time. Everybody got a lunch box to have lunch and when I felt hungry I went out and drank water to fill my stomach. They spoke about my dirty clothes, ripped bag but I never responded. I remember the day I asked my Mom that I have to pay exam fees to write board (10th) exam, she was having no money. Mom reached school and bow down in-front of principal but he refused to pay my exam fees, one of my class teachers paid my board exam fees. And I cleared 10th exam with 78% mark.
我用吃午饭的时间学习,有些同班同学看我很不顺眼,总是会欺负我。在别人拿出饭盒吃午饭的时候,我只能跑出去喝水填饱肚子。他们嘲笑我肮脏的衣服和破旧的书包,但我从来不理会他们。我记得那天我向我妈妈要参加中考考试费,她那时没有钱。为此她跑到学校找到校长,向他鞠躬,请求他帮我付考试费,但校长拒绝了。万幸,有一个老师帮我付了钱,最后,我拿下了 78% 的分数。

My mom was so proud of me and prepared Kheer (sweet dish) for all of us. And that's the full stop of my studies. I had to stop chasing my dream knowing the facts that my Mom could not able to afford my further studies so I came to Bangalore from Jharkhand in search of a job with one person from my village who was working as a security guard in an apartment here in Bangalore. My Mom gave me Rs.50, but it was not sufficient to buy train ticket so I did not buy one but I had been warned that if I get caught by TTE, I would be thrown out from the train, I was lucky enough that I reached Bangalore without any problem.
妈妈为我取得的成绩感到非常骄傲,给我们准备了 Kheer(一种甜汤),从此,我就没再上学了。我不得不停下追求知识的脚步,因为我知道妈妈付不起接下来的学费了。我和同村的一个人去了班加罗尔找工作,他在班加罗尔的公寓里做保安。临行之前妈妈给了我 50 卢比,但这些钱还不足以买一张火车票,无奈之下,我只能逃票。有人提醒过我,如果我被车长抓住的话,我会被扔出火车的,还好,运气不错,在去班加罗尔的一路上并没有遇到什么麻烦。

I was searching for a job for 2 months but I did not get any so I went to nearest Railway station and started working as a Coolie, selling books and news paper. I started earning enough money to feed myself 2 times and save Rs.10 everyday so I can send some money home. I was first recruited by a book stall guy. I was assigned to sell the novels in one of the busiest traffic in Bangalore, I read novels when the signal is Green and started selling when it's Red. I read almost 100 novels at that time. One day police caught me selling duplicate novels but when I told him the book stall owner asked me to do this job, he took me there but the stall owner refused to identify me but somehow I convinced the police officer that I was just selling it but I did not own them.
我整整找了两个月的工作,但一无所获,于是我来到最近的火车站做一个小工,卖卖报纸和书。从此,我赚到的钱能让自己每天吃上两顿饭,此外,每天还存下 10 卢比(译者注:人民币1块钱)寄给家里。开始时,书报亭的一个人找我去卖书,我被分配到班加罗尔交通最繁忙的街区。在绿灯的时候我就读书,在红灯的时候我就卖书。在那段时间我差不多读了有100本书。有一天警察抓住了我,说我卖盗版书,我和他们说我只是帮别人卖书而已,于是他们把我带到了我老板那里,但是我老板不肯承认那些书是他的,不过最后我还是成功说服了警察我真的只是一个帮别人打工的。

I left that job and came to a residential area and started washing cars for my livings. I still didn't get any place to stay so I used to go to Railway Station everyday to sleep with my old friends over there.
之后,我离开了那份工作,来到了一个住宅区,开始做一些帮人洗车的工作维持生计,我还是没有地方住,所以我还是每天回到火车站和我的老朋友一起睡。

Once while I was working in an apartment, one person came and asked me where I am from, for the first time in 2 years of my life in Bangalore, and also where do I stay and why I started working at this age when do I get time to study. I told him everything about me and as I can read, write and understand English, he offered me a typing job, in return he will teach me computer and give me a place to stay in his house. As I was very much passionate about computers, I agreed to that without thinking anything and offered a place to stay was like an icing on the cake.
有一次我在一间公寓工作的时候,有一个人问我:是哪里来的,住在哪里,为什么在本该在学校的年纪却在工作了?两年了,这还是第一次在班加罗尔有人这么问我。我回答了他的问题,并告诉他我能读,写并能理解英语。他给了我一份打字的工作,作为回报他会教我用电脑并且给我住在他家。因为我对电脑的痴迷,我想都不想就答应了下来,而且提供住的地方就好像蛋糕上面的那层糖衣,是额外的礼物 。

He taught me how to use computer, internet, ms-office etc. I asked many questions about internet and gathered lot of information. I always had 4 hrs access to his system to get the work done, gradually I started to finish the work so early, in and around 2 hrs and during the remaining time I started learning programming and other stuff. I started dreaming again. I worked with him for 4 hrs and after that I started new jobs like cooking, washing vessels, cleaning houses of his friends to earn some money for some extra bucks. After 2 months when I started working on the programming, I got pretty much knowledge but it was once again a time for bad luck as the project he was working got completed. Now I did not have access to his system any-more. All my dreams were broken into pieces again.
他教我怎么用电脑,上网,办公软件。我问了很多有关互联网的问题并且得到了很多的信息。我每天都有4个小时的权限连接到他的系统来完成工作,慢慢地,我越来越快,最后我大约2个小时就完成工作,剩下的时间我就学习编程和一些其他的东西。我又一次开始梦想着,每天为他工作4小时之后,就去兼职一些类似为他朋友煮饭,洗锅碗,清理房子之类的工作,从中赚一些外快。2个月之后,有着比较充足的知识储备了,我开始尝试着去编程了。然而又一次,厄运降临,因为他的项目已经完成,我没机会再用他的电脑了,所有的梦想又一次土崩瓦解。

I was afraid to ask his computer as I could have lost the place where I was staying. I was cooking for 4 guys in a house and one guy was having a second hand laptop to sell. They were all working in TCS. I asked him about the price, first he asked me why? and said it's not a car wash or cook food. I just said I want to learn programming so I want to have it. They started laughing so loudly and said we didn't learn to programme in last 4 yrs of our engineering and how can you learn just like that. He said, anyway if you want to buy it then the price will be Rs.15000. I started working so hard to get that laptop for myself so that I can start to learning programming again. I was so excited.
我害怕失去现在住的地方,所以不敢问他要电脑。有一次,我正在为 4 个家伙烧饭的时候,他们都是在 TCS(印度著名科技公司)上班,我听到一个人说他有一台二手的笔记本电脑想卖出去,于是我就问他多少钱,一开始他很奇怪的问我问这个干什么,说这可不是什么洗车或者煮饭之类的工作。我坦率地告诉他我想学编程,所以我想买。听罢,他们笑得很大声,说他们在过去的4年内还没学会他们自己工程的编程呢,你怎么可能自学就会。但是如果你想买的话,15000 卢比。为此我开始努力工作买到电脑,好继续学习编程。我顿时精力充沛。

After 3 months of hard work I gathered Rs. 12000 and I asked him if he can give it to me and rest he can deduct from my salary. He said he can't give me Rs. 3000 in advance. I asked other houses where I had been working for more than 6 months but nobody gave me loan of Rs. 3000. I thought let me work for another month and take that laptop. After few days I heard my Mom was sick and hospitalised and needed Rs. 13000 so I had to transfer the money to my Mom.
3个月的努力工作之后,我存了大概 12000 卢比,我问他能否先把电脑给我,剩下的 3000 从我的工资里扣除,他说到 3000 太多了,不行。我问了另外一些我工作了6 个月的主顾们,能否借我 3000 卢比,然而没有人原意借我,我寻思着可能需要再多一个月就能买到那台电脑了。几天后,我接到一个噩耗-----妈妈生病住院,她需要 13000 卢比,因此我不得不把赚到的钱寄回去给妈妈。

I will definitely pursue my dream along with my work and I will be successful one day fighting all my odds.
毫无疑问,我还是会继续用努力工作去追求我的梦想的,无论有多少困难阻拦我,最后我一定会战胜它们。

Everyday I go to internet cafe and spend about 2 hrs to learn programming and found this very useful site Quora today. I feel like spending so much time reading answers.
我现在每天花 2 小时在网咖里面学习编程,今天我还发现了一个很有用的网站----Quora,花时间看人们答案的感觉,真好。

This is my first answer on Quora, I don't know whether I will be able to make you understand how does it feel like to be a poor but I can say that it's a bitter-sweet journey so far but it made me so stronger. I hope I will complete my story with a good ending one day to inspire 100s of people who simply does not pursue their dream only because they are poor and do not have access to good schools and colleges.
这是我在 Quora 的第一个答案,我不知道是否能让各位了解贫穷是一种怎么样的滋味。但我可以说,到目前为止,我认为这是一段苦中带甜的旅程,它使我变得更坚强,激励更多像我一样的人,他们因为贫穷而无法上一所好的学校,无法追求自己的梦想,我希望在某天我可以用一个好的结尾为我的故事画上句号。