A beggar’s life one might vision …

The Island

A beggar’s life one might vision as being nothing but grime and misery, but in Sri Lanka begging is more like a profession with many of the beggars being part of a cartel as research has revealed. This beggar we encountered yesterday near the Sugathadasa Stadium while holding a mug with his right hand for passersby to throw in few coins or notes is busy chatting away on his cell phone.

(Pic by Gamini Munasinghe)