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Did You Know That Our Maids Form A Huge Chunk Of Indian Working Women?

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  •  July 14, 2016


We often find ourselves wondering why aren’t more of Indian women working. But did you know that our domestic help forms a huge chunk of the working women in India?

Mumbai’s journalist Sanika Govekar cherishes her domestic help!

Aged gracefully, our house maid, or more appropriately, the “mavshi” who comes to clean our home is compelled to work to support her family and feed her two granddaughters by doing such menial jobs because of the apparently growing unemployment in her family.

She is frail, physically weak as some would call her, but her hope makes mountains move. The way she works is utterly mesmerising, as she picks up her broom and begins her daily project. Her movements are quick yet calculative enough to not leave a particle of dust behind. And definitely never too hurried to overlook the much-anticipated immaculateness of her craft. Quick broom strokes here and there and the marble beneath feels sleeker. She wipes it cleaner than any machine could and I bet you could see the reflection of the arch of your nose, such is the level of dedication. Rarely, does she whine about her own falling household; she is always on her heels, eager to work with optimism that radiates throw her beautifully crooked grin.

Moreover, the entire crew of these housemaids is one of the reasons why India has the largest number of working women in the world. Every maid, unknowingly, not only cleans house but also plants the saplings of careers in the hearts of all the working women in India. She, cleaning the house, can be compared to a liberation of the working women; setting them free from the shackles of ubiquitous responsibilities of being just a femme au foyer. All the housemaids hold a lion’s share in creating a new breed of intelligent, independent, carefree working women.

A strong feminist, by nature, I truly recognise and respect the dignity of work, and I appreciate the smallest, hardest, and all the unacknowledged pieces of work which make and move the human society. Hence my #bawseforabetterworld goes to all those house-helps around the world who let themselves in doing fawning jobs for supporting an another woman’s household, to let her blossom her own talents.

This article first appeared here.

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