Mention shopping ,and you can motivate the laziest of women to readily agree to join you in your shopping spree, more so if it is shopping for saris. The smart ones will readily accompany you and enjoy the sight of the sales man displaying a variety of saris for you to choose from. They might even induce you to pick up the more expensive ones saying they will enhance your personality and you fall prey to their flattery. I always took pride of the fact that I am neither a compulsive shopper for saris nor do I make my friends/ relatives’ purses lighter when I happen to accompany them while shopping. But I never realized I would be in the shoes of compulsive shoppers one day and that my elderly maid would have an indirect role to play! It started when I engaged my old maid who has relocated herself in Chennai after a gap of nearly five years. Considering her limitations due to her advancing years, I decided to spare her from washing clothes and use my washing machine more often for the purpose. Ofcourse I have nothing to complain as it is filling the bill but at the same time making my bill for saris escalate as the latter are becoming more and more unrecognizable day by day!
n.meera raghavendra rao