London Dreams is it worth. THINK AGAIN

Posted: February 2, 2010 in Economic Crisis, Lecture, Life, London Dreams, My Thoughts., Thinking, Work

Ok people an update on the previous article I wrote London Dreams

My cousin after visiting places finally got 2 or 3 avenues to go… He was introduced to a person who works for a Bakery. Which was about two hours drive from Birmingham.

First they asked him to get a bank account set up, we went to the bank for some reason my cousin wanted to open an account in the Indian bank “Punjab national bank” that have a branch in Birmingham on Soho road. We went there They would not accept the Indian passport as form of Identity, How weird is that, An Indian bank will not accept a INDIAN PASSPORT WOW..

Anyway we were told they need a UK Address, Mine will not work because for proof they need some official document with my cousins name and UK Address, Now how do we do that, someone suggested getting my Electric or Gas connection in his name, Called the board to do so Guess what they asked.. YESSSSS  Proof of address and a Bank account for direct debits — Catch 22 or what ..  Then came a suggestion to apply for a provisional license… when it comes back it will have the address and name .. So applied for it.

6 days later the license arrived, another trip to bank, To our surprise they need TWO proofs, why the guy did not tell us on first visit god knows, I guess the Indian mentality of making people come a few times is still there in them. By this time I was pissed off by the guy, I had a few words with him, after 2 -3 minutes his English finished, he turned to Punjabi, his manager came apologized.

We went home this time applied for a national insurance number, everyone needs it to work in uk, luckily there was nothing required by the UK Office, just a name and address, the NI number came in 4 days. So now we had two proofs of addresses.

THIRD trip to the bank was successful, phew …

After all this again my cousin went to these job people, they were happy he got the bank account, but oh they forgot to mention the NI number… He needs to get that now… BUT VOILA yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy we were one step ahead, we already had it… showed it, The guy did not have anything to say, I guess he thought he has put us off for another week, so it was
“KAL nu phone kariyo 1:30 Waje” call me tomorrow at 1:30…

Tomorrow 1:30 came, called ooops he forgot to tell , the cousin needs to have a medical card too, Till all this was going on They had not told where the job was, Hours of Job, Money. Why would they want the medical card I have no clue, so we went to my GP, talked to the lovely lady at reception, My GP plays hockey with me so it did not take long to get registered with him, we had the card in a hour.

Back to the guy, he could not think of anything else so, Job was there , they will pick up my cousin at 6AM in morning , 2 hours drive, work there for the 10hours shift , then drive back.. To start next day again… And LISTEN to this they will pay £4 an hour, with one hour taken off for lunch.

The reason to point this out is, he is living with me so he has no rent, no electric-gas, council anything to pay for, or even pay for the food. If he had to pay for all that DO YOU THINK IT’S WORTH WORKING SO HARD… and being PAID PEANUTS… To start at 6 he is getting up at 5 in morning and each day he reaches home around 9 or 10pm depending on traffic and all others who need dropping off from the van. Last week for two days the bakery stopped working for 3- 4 hours due to the current economic conditions, they don’t have that much orders, so he is NOT paid for those hours.

It is true that he will get £4 or £5 an hour which is roughly about Rs.400 an hour in India, That is a LOT of money… but then a Loaf of bread here is between 75p to £2 depending on brands, a cauliflower is for £1, that is ONE PIECE. A Single mango fruit is for 99p. I am sure you will get the idea suddenly £4 an hour is not enough money.

I think people in India forget that though earning pounds, you need to spend also in pounds…

Anyway people London dreams are not that lucrative anymore… so THINK…

By the way my cousin is on phone for another job will tell about that laterzzzz

  1. interesting…quite interesting…and thanks for dropping my…now u have one more fan :)cheers!


  2. smitzy says:

    The bubble keeps bursting and the GEM is losing its sheen :)Interesting article bikram, you're going to hit a home run again with this one 🙂


  3. Harman says:

    Nice post!! true to every word, people come here from india to chase their dreams not knowing how difficult life is and specially in economic crunch.. odd jobs make survival even harder ..people are lured by west , BUT ..guys.. other side of grass is this GREEN..(lots of hard-work)


  4. Insignia says:

    Not many tend to think the lateral way Bikram. Its somewhat the same everywhere. In USA, esp CA, one has to cough up so much tax, and the rent for apartment in Bay area is so expensive, all that is left out..makes you wonder if its worth leaving your place, your loved ones and working like a donkey and pay tax elsewhere :-)You dont have the freedom that you can get in your country!!


  5. Life is really hard in UK and US. Hats off to all who r living such life. 🙂


  6. BK Chowla, says:

    So long as it is security reason ,one must abide by the rules even it meansa bit of irritation.Yes,what if I tell you,banks here do not accept the ration card as proof even tough it is issued by the govt.


  7. No matter what. Some people just have to go to some foreign land. But… it is a dream to be the rich cousin.Maybe time will have a reason for all this in future.


  8. Neha says:

    arre Bikram, wo log tumhe India miss karne nahi de rahe hai…didn't u get that? :Dsame story everywhere took me three trips and 7 hours to apply for my lawyer's id card..


  9. Madhu says:

    yeah,many people just get carried away by such lucrati9ve offers and fails to realise,if u are gettin paid double,ull be made to spend even more….in india we have a mixed i guess things work better here..:)


  10. Bikram says:

    @Tripat "Prerna":- YAyyyyyyyyyyyy One more fan thank you , thank you drumssss … Hey thank you for visiting , please do keep visitng ..@Smitzy:- You are supposed to be studying, not blogging ahmm ahmm 🙂 Dont know about the Home Run but my cousin sure is having fun… @Harman :- It is difficult. I am seeing it , I was lucky i guess. But today if i go looking for a job i doubt if would get one now… @Insignia : yeah.. Its becoming more and more difficult especailly in UK , with the Europe Union coming in, said… There are no many people from poland etc who have come over. Basically they are doing what Indians did in late 50's and 1960's.. All the work that indians did are being done by polish now..


  11. Bikram says:

    @Chandrika Shubham :- Hey thanks, now dont loose your hat.. put it back 🙂 Thank you for the comment@BK Chowla:- Sir its not the irritation, its the fact that they should let us know at one go , what is needed and how Simple.. THank you for the comment @The Holy Lama :- Hey, well my dream was not to be the rich cousin, a few situations happened due to which I am here.. and I am not rich … THe cousin who has come Will be rick cause he get cash in hand, no NI, No tax so easy peasy .. Thank you for the comment @Neha :- Hey, yes I thought so too, and I get it now after you mentioned, India feeling de rahe the mere ko … but main to fir theek raha, you went 3 times 7 hours and I only 3 trips but Fewer Hours 🙂 phewwwww Thanks all for comments Please visit again


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