MAID in HEAVEN!

Citadel - - PERSPECTIVE -

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 denitely 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 qualied en­gi­neers in less

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