When I came back from Bangkok, I was asked this question almost by all the people back here in India. From what I saw, they use Toyota Corolla, the status symbol in India, as Taxi. Almost all the Thai students in our college has a Car (minimum Honda Jazz), a rare site in India. I was comparing the whole economy of India and Thailand on the cars people have, very natural for Indians perhaps. A professor owning a BMW is almost an impossible achievement for an Indian counterpart. Convinced? Life in Thailand was indeed a comfortable one!
I was completely wrong. First, A car was a necessity and not the ‘show off’ weapon. Secondly, I was comparing a country(India) and a campus (AIT). The real face of Thailand was revealed when I went to the streets of Bangkok. Where I saw poor people of Thailand (I never thought of their existence). But like any other normal country, there were many of them. And I got my answer.
“Life is good in Thailand, if you are rich” but, is this answer restricted to any particular country? Life is always good if you are rich (and if you are measuring the goodness of life in monetary terms) in ANY country! i.e :- If you are a rich man in Somalia or Niger, life is still good for you! and so is the country then!
Coming back to the life in Thailand topic, if you are still not convinced and considers the comparison of cars as stupid, then here is the list of some facts about Thailand:-
– The top 20% own 69% of the country’s assets while the bottom 20% own only 1%.
– 42% of bank savings money comes from only 70,000 bank accounts holding more than 10 million baht. They make up only 0.09% of all bank accounts in the country. In other words, less than 1% of the people own nearly half of the country’s savings.
– Among the farming families, nearly 20% of them are landless, or about 811,871 families, while 1-1.5 million farming families are tenants or struggling with insufficient land.
– 10% of land owners own more than 100 rai each, while the rest 90% own one rai or less.
– On income distribution, the top 20% enjoy more than 50% of the gross domestic product while the bottom 20% only 4%.
– The average income of the bottom 20% is the same as the poverty line at 1,443 baht per month.
– The gap between the richest and poorest family is 13 times, higher than all our neighbouring countries.
so the conclusion: LIFE IS ALWAYS GOOD IF YOU ARE RICH, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE!
So if you are in India, and if you are rich then there is no need to come to Thailand and screw your own chances of being happy! If you are poor in India, try your luck anywhere under the sun till you get rich! It is the same country, same problems! Both the countries should find a solution. But who will find the solution? The rich(politicians) or the poor(common man) or the youth who is busy facebooking, orkuting, hi-fiing or blogging! 😛