The Career-oriented housemaid

Housemaids, the only empowered and emancipated lot in India – thus believe working women in Delhi, who spare no effort to do equal justice to their home and office duties. Their indispensable support at home is the housemaid. Their day is made or marred depending on whether the housemaid comes or not. Read how cheaper electricity can improve the common man’s lifestyle.

Conversation between the employer and housemaid

You didn’t come yesterday, Bai?” the woman asked politely. (That’s how housemaids are addressed in Delhi.)

I couldn’t come,” she replied indifferently, deeming it unnecessary to give an explanation for her leave without notice. She can take up more houses if sacked. No enticements, in the form of gifts or money, can bring her punctually and regularly to work. Every perk has an effect of only two days.

Ignorance is bliss!

Ignorance is what makes the housemaids powerful in comparison to educated working women:

  • She says she is illiterate, so she doesn’t know about family planning; she has eight kids ranging in age from six to twenty-six, and ten grandchildren.
  • She doesn’t know how to read the time, so she cannot be blamed for coming late. The employer has to keep guessing every day whether she will come or not. Morning walks in the park depend on Bai’s grace. If she is absent, then an extra hour is spent doing household chores.

Even by taking a sympathetic line, it is not possible to gain the favor of the housemaid. When one employer told the housemaid about her health problems, which will aggravate by doing a lot of physical work, she replied, “Even I have the same problem.”

Unique description of a housemaid

Most of the housemaids have the same story to share:

  • Married too young, between 9 and 13 years of age. One says she was too young to remember her wedding age.
  • They grew up illiterate and without watching television.
  • They had their first exposure to the outer world after marriage, and now they are the primary breadwinners of their families.
  • Their husbands help them in taking care of the children.

Professional approach to work

One housemaid has a toddler, and she cooks food for her family of 8 children before leaving to work in eight houses. When asked how she manages to stay away from home for the whole day, leaving small kids at home, she said, “Let the house go to hell, when at work I’ve to concentrate on my work.” In addition, she has a joint family comprising her husband’s family members and her older children who help her with the delegation of work at home.

Her attitude and work strategy are what every working woman should adopt. She has the right kind of career-oriented perspective, which can be a yardstick for every professional woman. When at work concentrate on the duties to be done.

32 thoughts on “The Career-oriented housemaid

  1. Hey, you used to write great, but the last several posts have been kinda boring… I miss your tremendous writings. Past few posts are just a little out of track! come on!

  2. Do you have a spam issue on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; many of us have created some nice methods and we are looking to swap methods with other folks, why not shoot me an email if interested.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Previous post Parenting now and then differ
Next post Serve global brands in India with desi tadka
Exit mobile version