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Shila Ghosh’s plight continues: Family wants a flat but is it really concerned?

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By Arnab Mitra

Shila Ghosh

Shila Ghosh has been in the limelight since 2012 after her story was posted on Facebook by a college girl. Since then, different national and international media portals have covered her story which brings out sympathy for her from people around the world. But after a certain hype, people forget Shila Ghosh and to feed her belly, the old lady has to carry on her daily routine of selling savories in front of Exide.

The media and the concerned citizens never think about the reason behind her plight. After NewsGram posted her story on 16th June, the buzz was recreated with a campaign to help this old lady. But the team decided to meet the family members to enquire into the real problem.

NewsGram talked to her grandson Subir Ghosh, her daughter-in-law Tanuja Ghosh, Subir Ghosh’s wife Shrabani Ghosh and the MP of Howrah District Mr. Prasun Banerjee. They all said that they don’t need any monetary help but they demand a home or a flat from the Samaritans.

Tanuja said, “We don’t want any monetary help, as my mother and I both receive a pension of around Rs. 8,000. My son also earns some money by singing and other jobs. If you really love Shila amma, please buy a flat for her in Bally”.

At the time of interaction with her family members, the fragile old lady looked at us in a very innocent manner and her lips once murmured with a whispering tone, saying, “Thank you NewsGram”.

On asking why they won’t help Shila amma in her daily job, the 30-year-old Shrabani Ghosh said, “I am an arthritis patient, so it is not possible for me to commute a distance of 40 km daily. My mother in law is a BP patient and my husband is busy in his own profession”.

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Her grandson Subir Ghosh said, “I help her in getting the pension and also in buying savories from Burrabazar. I repeatedly told thakuma (grandmother), not to commute at this age, but she won’t hear our words”.

We also talked to the MP of Howrah District, Mr. Prasun Bannerjee, he said, “ She is like my grandmother, it is my duty to help her, but I cannot assure them about their demand of getting a flat as there is no current government project here.”

The story surfaces the greed of the family members, but at the same time, reflects the contentment and gratitude of the brave lady.

NewsGram requests the readers to offer help to the old lady, not necessarily monetary help, but spending some time with her would also make her happy.

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Why do people quit their jobs?

The trend of quitting a job is taking a heavy toll on the young generation. The reason can vary from work-related, personal, family to some miscellaneous reasons.

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Quitting job is related to multiple factors. Wikimedia Commons
Quitting job is related to multiple factors. Wikimedia Commons
  • By Dr. Bharti Raizada, Chicago

Every now and then we come across someone who quit his job or is thinking to quit. I talked to some of these people and figured out that there are multiple contributing factors for this. Basically, these can be grouped as i) work-related, ii) personal or family related, and iii) miscellaneous reasons. They can play a role either alone or in combination.

Work-related Reasons:

1. Uncaring boss or bullying by boss or seniors leading to stress and negative thoughts.

2. Feeling of micromanagement and continuous supervision

3. Lack of or no promotions or financial increments.

4. Odd or long hours of work or different shifts leading to mental and physical exhaustion and disturbance of sleep cycle.

5. Biases/ discrimination, favoritism and corruption at the workplace.

6. No or little recognition or reward for hard and honest work.

7. Frequent hiring and firing at the workplace. This leads to a feeling of insecurity.

8. No challenges in the workplace. Under utilization of skills.

9. Low pay, wages, or bonus.

10. False promises by the employer.

11. Working in isolated chambers, strained relationship with co-workers or if the work environment is not optimal or congenial.

Also Read: Ten Tips On How To Boost Self-Confidence

12. Cultural isolation at the workplace. Feeling left out.

13. Forced to quit by the employer.

Striking balance between job and life is very important. Wikimedia Commons
Striking balance between job and life is very important. Wikimedia Commons

Personal Reasons:

1.Not able to keep up with latest technologies and advancements.

2. Health issues. Not able to keep appointments and take care of own health.

3.Long commute to work.

4. Not able to do housework.

5. No time for personal care, spiritual advancement, socialization, keeping up with hobbies.

6. Inability to attend social events, arrange vacations, or calling in sick.

7. Urge to work from home.

8. Personality factor. Not able to work with someone. Want to be the boss and desire to control. Want to quit because of arrogance or in a fit of rage.

9. Depression.

10. Inadequate skills to continue working and feeling that performance is not optimal and can lead to harm.

Also Read: How to Manage Your Time Smartly and Effectively?

Family Reasons:

1. Inability to take proper care of family members or spend time with them.

2. Sick family member.

3. Family in a different city, state, or country.

4. Pressure to quit from family, relatives, or friends

Most of the youngsters are becoming a victim of depression due to various factors. Wikimedia Commons
Most of the youngsters are becoming a victim of depression due to various factors. Wikimedia Commons

Miscellaneous Reasons:

1.Financial security is in place. The job is just a way to pass time.

2.Want to give an opportunity to younger people.

3.Greener Pasteur (opportunity to find a better life)

4. Afraid of lawsuits or legal actions.

5.The belief that they will get more money and work fewer hours in the new endeavour.

6. Anticipating getting fired.

7. Lured by other employers.

Dr. Raizada is a practicing anesthesiologist.