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Why are we Indians interested in each other’s salary / income?

By on Jun 6, 2013 | 1 comment

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In the recent times, I’ve realized that we Indians are unimaginably interested in knowing how much money our friends or relatives make. Money, in modern times, is no doubt a measure of your professional or social success – and obviously we want to know who’s lesser successful than us; because it gives us a feeling of being a winner. How sick!

If you are a salaried person, people would easily pass on the questions – ‘What package do you get?’. If you tell people that you got a promotion or switched to a new company the ‘package’ thing will be the first one to appear in the subsequent discussion.

If you are a businessman/woman, then people will enclose the question ‘How much do you make?’ in a cool wrapper: “So, what’s your business model?”. In the recent times, I’ve answered that question so many times that I’m so frustrated answering it. Their interest is not in understanding your business model – but knowing the ‘number’ that you bring home.

Here’s how my regular conversations are-

Mr. Curious: So…K…I really want to know what’s your business model?

K: (..oh no…) Well, we make money by showing advertisements to our visitors.

Mr. Curious: I see, I see. (huh, really?)

Mr. Curious: So, how much do you make on monthly basis?

K: Just enough to pay the bills.

Mr. Curious: …arey…fir bhi.. (insisting I pop a number)

K: It’s variable, we just make enough to keep running.

Mr. Curious: (Laughing+Smiling+Getting Closer as if I can reveal my secret to him and it’s completely safe to do so) Fir bhi… 1 Lakh?

K: (Annoyed beyond repair)

Mr. Curious: You make a lot of money man, self-assuming that he hit Bull’s Eye with that number.

K: (Smile)

I wish to know whether you’ve been in such a situation that Mr. Curious got immensely interested in knowing how much money you make? How did you deal with the situation then?



1 Comment

  1. kidakaka

    June 22, 2013

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    ’tis but human nature to know what is the opportunity cost of not running a site, and doing a job. people often associate the size of their egos with the size of their income … sadly, we are like that only.

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