Moms and Maids…a typical Indian Household :)

It is morning a little after 9 am and as always Mother is in the kitchen busy preparing breakfast for us.In all households or i must say most households the scenario is the same.There is a clock on the wall and Mom keeps checking the time.As the clock keeps ticking She starts hurrying.It is almost time for the maid to arrive and the kitchen has to be free so she can do her work.Well, it isnt much she has to do but still she is the “Guest of Honour” every morning.She is actually not very punctual and there are days when she doesnt bother to come that too without leaving a word the previous day! Her daily work schedule involves sweeping the floor and then mopping it leaving water all around making things messier than before.The corners are left untouched and the furniture is hardly moved,yet she is indispensable.A day without her is like a great loss.She is pampered by my Mother who always gives her food that is whatever we are having on that particular day.It may sound like no big deal but on days when she doesnt turn up we end up with excess food.Its always good to feed someone in need no doubt but i wonder whether our maid deserves such attention.

In a workplace we all have to perform if we need that much needed “Paycheck“.A few days non performance will end up landing us the most dreaded “Pink Slip“. But in our maid’s case she somehow need not fear all this.She gets her payment on time without fail.She can skip work and not get penalised,bonus is guaranteed,regular increase in pay happens especially if she threatens to leave! I know it is back breaking work and u donot get to sit in an easy chair with the air conditioner on.But maids are capable of causing chaos in households if they are absent even for a day.

She is ever ready with gossip about neighbours,gets into fight in case we replace her services with another maid.She sometimes asks for an advance on her salary and we end up adjusting it each month which can mess with the accounts.In earlier days she demanded new clothes on Diwali(an auspicious festival known as festival of lights) but these days she is more fashionable than the women she works for.We can never think of giving her old clothes which may actually be in good condition.If u happen to see her outside you may perhaps not recognise her at all ;).Some maids these days refuse to accept food as they feel it below their dignity to carry the food packets.

When i was a child we had a maid who was so loving and took care of me when Mom was busy in household work.This was not part of her job but she did so out of love and care and gratitude towards our family.We could trust her with the kids or valuables but these days such maids are rare.Everything is weighed in money.It is a give and take that is each thing she does amounts to a certain sum of money.Though money may help you get a maid,you might as well have a robot who would atleast be a little more dependable!!!

Oh,it is late and the maid has not yet come.Is she not going to come today??Mother is fretting and peeping out of the window hoping to see her walk in.Some things never change and somehow i prefer these little things remain the same 🙂


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