Dear Evan Spiegel,
You are from a rich country. I am from a poor country. So let's take this letter from a poor man to a rich man. No, I am not going to ask for charity. We never ask for charity, your NGOs come to India out of their own choice because they see a potential 'charity' market. Please read between the lines. Do you understand? Because we have substantial poor, underprivileged, disease-ridden and malnourished people in our country (12.5% of total population counting to 170 million) your charitable organizations are getting all the funding to flourish in my country. See how well these organizations are doing and making the moolah. Just because their clientele is really poor! Do you see the irony?Just wondering where your entire charitable eco-system would go once we wipe out poverty. We are inching closer.
You know, I have taken my higher education from the USA and I am in a position to understand your point of view. No offence, but I know how your people perceive and see things. In your capitalistic country, capital is everything. This is how you judge people. Thank God, we don't have enough capital to be capitalistic. We are kind of humanistic. We are also spiritual, if you can figure out this term. Just find out why Steve Jobs and Richard Gere came to India. And Beatles?
But in a country like India, how can we give importance to money, when we don't have it! We are the seventh richest country in the world, and you are the first. We just don't have it. Damn it! We understand that. It is another thing that PWC has declared that our economy will pass yours in 2040 and by 2050 we will be the richest country in the world. Till then, you rock.
But, we are trying really hard. We want to be rich. We want Snapchat. We love Snapchat's funky nose, ears, eyes, and tongue. We look poor without that. :)
And yes, out of the total billionaires in the world, you have 536 and we have just 101 (Forbes 2017). We are at fifth position while you are the Numero Uno. Congrats! Damn, we are poor again. Are we?
Around 1920s when your best friend and accomplice in 2 World Wars, the Englishman, ruled over us, there were series of famines and diseases in my country which killed millions of people. This was a direct result of colonial looting. The poverty just intensified during the British rule. But, after we gained the independence in 1947, mass deaths from famines were altogether stopped. Our poverty percentage was a whopping 73% in 1947, which reduced to 40% in 1991. Then we opened our markets, and today it's 12%. That's something real fast. We are proud of that. We believe in miracles!
Your country is the second biggest trade partner with my country. Why? Just wondering what are they doing in a poor country like India? Why are they coming here in hordes and expanding? Only your country can explain. You may talk to American Express and figure out.
In 2017, my country has 340.2 million smartphone users (statista.com) which is more than your country's population of 326.4 million. Quite striking? You still don't want to expand in India? Oh yes, Snapchat is for rich people and you don't want to expand in a poor country like India. I forgot. Numbers don't matter. Only money does.
I can understand.
A Poor Chap from India