It is said that to gain immunity in the extreme climatic condition, one should follow seasonal fruits chart in Delhi. Every fruit has nutritional values that are essential for a particular season.You have the juiciest and sweetest mangoes in May/June Months, in July when it rains the mangoes get infected. According to Delhiites if you have Guavas in November and Bananas in the winter season they provide immunity to the body from the severe winters.
Housemaid is the only empowered and emancipated lot in India – thus believes working women in Delhi, who spare no effort to do equal justice to her home and office duties. Her indispensable support at home is the housemaid. Her day is made or marred upon whether the housemaid comes or not. Read how cheaper electricity can improve common man’s lifestyle.
Conversation between the employer and housemaid:
“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 or gift or money, can help to bring her punctually and regularly to work. Every gift has an effect of two days.
- She says she is illiterate, so she doesn’t know about family planning; she has six kids from the age of six to twenty-six; and ten grandchildren.
- She doesn’t know how to tell the time; so she cannot be blamed for coming late. 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 has to be spend doing household chores. Even by taking sympathetic line, it is not possible to gain favour of housemaid. When one employee told the housemaid about her health problems, which will aggravate on doing lot of Physical work. Pat came the reply, “Even I have the same problem“.
- Most of the housemaids have the same story to share.
- They were married too young, between 9 and 13 years of age.
- One says she was too young to remember her wedding.
- They grew up illiterate or without watching television.
- They had the first exposure of the outer world after marriage, and now they are the primary breadwinners of the family.
- Their husbands help them in taking care of the children.
One housemaid has a toddler, and she cooks food her family 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 member and her bigger children who help her with distribution 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 yard stick for every woman professional.
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- House sparrow: Many articles have been written about the sad disappearance of this friend of children of yesteryear’s childhood days. They used to come home to peck at the grains and mothers showed them to pacify crying children. Now those kids, in their 30’s and 40’s, are running campaigns to save the remaining birds in delhi. There are house sparrows in a large number in a housing colony where a few trees are planted together in a yard. Some bird lovers provide bird food and water.
- Myna: Kids in olden days used to predict coming events depending on the number of myna that they spot. 1 means sadness, 2 mean happiness, 3 means someone is sending letter, and so on. There are a lot of mynas in the park and their future seem to be secure in the city.
- Parrot: They can be spotted mostly when the guavas are ripe. They will have all the guavas in bungalows and then enjoy the cool air by perching on the trees in the park.
- Peacock: Peacocks are mostly found in agricultural fields; sometimes they visit the cities and sit on trees in the park. If you are lucky you can witness the beautiful ‘peacock moment’ – peacock spreading it’s vibrant wings.
- Flower-pecker: She is a frequent visitor to houses with garden, which is smaller than a sparrow and can sit comfortably on a tulsi branch. It’s eggs are as small as lizards eggs and the babies are so small that when four of its babies perch together on a tender tulsi branch, you will mistake it for a big caterpillar. She eats all the bittergourds in the kitchen gardens.
- Crow: One of the birds in delhi that was so common in the olden days, now two or three can be spotted in the park.
- Pigeon: Known as the ‘lice of the city’, they can survive in any situation. They took the place of crow, and other birds in delhi, and literally make a mess of home and public place with their nests and droppings.
- Baya Weaver: The most photogenic variety of birds in delhi; they are colourful, elegant and their perfectly woven nest are tempting enough to be taken home as a show piece. You can spot their nest on the top branches of huge trees in the park.
- White Eared Bulbul: These birds are flycatchers and so their numbers are increasing. they are second in position, among birds in delhi, after the pigeons.
- Pied Cuckoo: This migratory bird can hardly be spotted, however their beautiful songs after rain, brings back nostalgia of one”s native place.
Delhi diwali is the time for celebration, shopping and socializing. Diwali is also known for the noise of firecrackers. Loud fireworks indicate the fervor of the season. According to Newspaper reports this year’s pollution was less; but noise was more on Diwali. I beg to differ on the analysis. In the area that I stay this years Delhi diwali was a noiseless affair compared to the loud fireworks of previous years. Read this post to find how to gain resistance from pollution in Delhi.
The decibel of the sound of firework may differ from place to place. Our residential area consist of Bungalows with few occupants so the Diwali firework is a low key affair. As the smoke and noise did not penetrate into the house, like other Delhi diwali’s, yesterday’s night was as peaceful as any other night.
Today I went a little late to the park, because days break late as winter has set in; and the park, I thought, would be empty after late night Diwali celebration. To my surprise there were people of all age groups in the park and the green juice vendors were busily serving customers. There were some family with children playing on the swings and see-saws.
Walking through the park was a precious experience today, as there were few walkers which meant more space to walk leisurely through the park. To accompany the serenity that prevailed in the park , there was the chirping of birds that still survive in the concrete jungle. I counted alteast five varieties of birds – house sparrow, house crow, pigeon, myna and kite. Usually the birds cannot be spotted in the crowd of walkers and their beautiful songs are diluted in the cities noise. A mongoose fearlessly crossed the paths and squirrels were seen in large number busily nibbling some food.
Even at 9:00 in the morning the day was still young and the sun was slow to make an entry. Today the walk was really perfect as I had no fear of bumping others while walking fast; the calm in the park refreshed the mind. The day after a Delhi diwali was a gift to the walkers!
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