What changes occur in Saheb's life? Is it a change for the better or the worse? Give reason in support of your answer.

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The author met Saheb who was a ragpicker in Seemapuri, a place on the outskirts of Delhi. Saheb was happy being a rag picker. He led a carefree life and appeared like the morning birds and disappeared during noon time. He ran around the street with his friend barefooted. Once he had told the author that there were times when he found a one rupee coin or even a ten rupee note among the heap of garbage. This gave him hope and he would dig more into the garbage to try his luck further. Later, one day when the author met Saheb carrying a steel cannister he came to know that the boy was no more a rag picker. He was working in a tea stall down the road. He was paid 800 rupees and he was given all his meals. But when the author asked whether he liked the job, Saheb's face had lost the carefree look. Though he had money, he lost the freedom that rag-picking gave him. He was no longer his own master. Saheb had traded his liberty in exchange for money. He was surely not happy with his life despite the money that he was being paid.

In other words, this change in Saheb's life was comparatively a better one, since he was now working and earning on his own, on the other side of the story, we learn that Saheb himself wasn't very happy with such a change in his life as he thought that his responsibilities as a servant have snatched away the freedom he had when he was just a ragpicker. 

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