The other day I was talking to one of my nephews who came down from the U.S. on a shortest holiday. I asked him whether he could extend his stay by a few days, (not weeks, mind you) and he literally pounced on me saying no man or woman in his/her right senses would risk it considering the grave job situation in the U.S. “It is all a matter of choice, whether you want to keep your job or enjoy a permanent holiday” he rued and wished to know if we faced a similar situation in India.
The question set me thinking and the answer was right there staring at me when I ran through the list of shops I visited recently along with my highly placed cousin who came down from her native place just to take advantage of the AdI SALE.
Oh, be it the most reputed jewellery store or the age old Silk store there were milling crowds and we had to literally squeeze through them to get a toe hold at the counters to catch sight of the items we were looking for!
Even as my cousin was taking a closer look peering at the precious stones or feeling the texture of the material, I had a closer look at the crowds that were gathered in the shops.
There I spotted my maid and cook (the latter preferred to work at my neighbour’s place because she offered her a higher salary).
It suddenly dawned on me that RECESSION was certainly NOT for the domestic help who don’t seem to be aware of the concept at all.
Now I dread the day when my maid will demand a hike in her salary which is already exorbitant or worse still when we have to comply by the rules of the wage board which may come into force any time !
However I found some comfort in the feeling that we are certainly better off than the west as far as the job scenario is concerned, I mean the scenario for the domestic help who are in permanent demand.
n.meera raghavendra rao