MAID in HEAVEN!
AS THE HEADLINE GOES, IT IS TRUE! OUR BAIS OR MAIDS ARE MADE IN HEAVEN, AND SURE MAKE OUR LIVES HEAVEN, OR EVEN HELL SOMETIMES! ALL HAIL (OR HELL) THE HOUSEHOLD MAID, SAYS SATIRIST SAMEER JAIN!
As the legend goes, God has created us all. He denitely took extra time in creating a lot many of us, but I must commend his ingenuity in creating the concept we call as a ‘maid’ or a ‘ bai’. The mystery that surrounds a bai is beyond my comprehension, and this itself makes them an interesting topic. We love them and we love to hate them. We want to live without them and their tantrums, but the reality is far from that. They have become an integral part of our lives no matter how much we complain about it or deny it. We all have tons of stories and experiences, so I thought of adding mine to that list. The American way of life has lured so many people away from India. Grass being always greener on the other side, we reminisce about India once we land on American soil. Amongst a few other things, not having a bai always comes up. That is the reason I’m convinced that every NRI who contemplates moving back considers having a bai as a ‘pro’ of the move. It goes without saying that I was one of them. In my tussle to weigh pros versus cons of moving back to India, having a bai enjoyed quite a high ranking in the pros section. In the US, I have spent many hours pondering why I really was in the US. I did this primarily right before cleaning the bathroom, right after starting my dishwasher, washing machine and while using the vacuum cleaner in my apartment. The wall-to-wall carpet does not look sleek when you have to vacuum the damn place - some American dream! Anyway, after moving back to India, I had the honour of nalizing a maid, or should I say my gift from God. I had no idea what was in store for me and what I was asking for. I spent more than two months in short listing and I found the experience quite frustrating, exhilarating and amazing at the same time. I have hired highly qualied engineers in less