The Great Depression of 2009

February 25, 2009

Eighty years later, life comes full circle.

Two pictures, same struggle.


Hungry Americans waiting in line for food during the great depression.


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Desperate job seekers waiting in line just to get into a bursting-at-the-seams job fair in New york city. Picture taken on 24 Feb 2009 in midtown Manhattan by me.


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17 Responses to “ The Great Depression of 2009 ”

  1. Chirag on February 25, 2009 at 2:11 am

    hey only the Clothes are changed :) rest is same. Miserly always consistent. Thanks for mention :).

  2. amreekandesi on February 25, 2009 at 2:12 am

    @Chirag – Yes. Different year, similar effect. We may not realize it, but looks like things are pretty bad out there.

  3. Philip on February 25, 2009 at 5:26 am

    the lines are only going to get longer and longer. there seems no respite from the bad news. expect at least 2-3 years of pain.

  4. Shivya on February 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Quite a comparison! I wonder where we go from here.

  5. Dinesh on February 25, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Very sad. I saw a news some weeks back where 1000s of people lined up for 35 jobs in Fire Dept.!

  6. gauri on February 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm



  7. Solilo on February 25, 2009 at 6:53 pm


  8. Kavi on February 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    The great depression was slightly better off ! For they didnt see the greatest of riches which have made us all lazy ! Atleast, as much as now !

    Now, i read that couples divorce because the husband doesnt want to compromise on the quality of rice. After he is laid off !

    Phew. We have come some distance. Havent we !

  9. dinu on February 27, 2009 at 6:20 am

    good one :)
    when will it be officially announced the great depression of 2009 ?

  10. Nita on February 27, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Life goes in cycles and I think nowadays we are less able to handle the downturns. So used are we to a certain luxuries in life.

  11. amreekandesi on February 27, 2009 at 9:05 am

    @Philip – 2-3 years! Thats a scary estimate…i am hoping this will get done in the next one year.

    @Shivya – Yes. It does paint a stark picture.

    @Dinesh – Wow. News like those makes you feel sad about all these people. I hadnt realised that things had gotten this bad.

    @Gauri – Me too :(

    @Solilo – Very sad, indeed!

    @Kavi – Thats an interesting point you raise! BTW you really meant ‘quality of rice’? life?

    But yes, i have also seen reports how peoples’ married lives are getting affected due to financial issues.

    @Dinu – Thanks. It is indeed funny that nobody calls it a depression…just politically correct terms like Downturn! I think its about time!

    @Nita – That is true. Some time back i had written a post about this couple who just wouldn’t give up their high flying lifestyle after the wall street husband was laid off and unable to find a job for many months. Maybe people are afraid of accepting that they are going through a lean patch. Some sort of an ego thing.

  12. Alex on May 13, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Well, it’s not exactly the same since most of the people today can at least still feed themselves, but the similarities are still pretty depressing.

  13. Prince Movie on March 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

    This shows how desperate life can turn into. Only the clothes and places are changed. But people still suffer.
    Thanks for the good comparison.

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