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New Year and the Maid.

February 19, 2011
It has taken me awhile to get started again. It is not writers block
or anything but sheer laziness brought about by the pleasant climate we have been having in Chennai for the last one month. So it was goodbye to the morning walks preferring rather to snooze the extra hour snuggled under the warm covers. Post Uttrayan (sun’s transit to the northern hemisphere) things have started hotting up literally. So how did the year start off for you guys? Trust it has been good and that it will continue to be good for the rest of the year.

For the last couple of years I have been having a sober New Year at home without any partying and stuff. Now it looks ridiculous to have woken up on New Year Days with splitting headaches and severe hangovers, but it was also so much fun. On New Year’s eve my wife suggested that we surprise our maid with the rum and raisin cake that she likes very much. Off we went to pick the cake for the maid and the family and the eggless cakes for my wife, as she is allergic to, of all things, eggs.

On New Year’s Day our maid came wearing a nice new  saree and with a song on her lips. She is a chirpy lady with 2 sons, a daughter and a grand daughter. She had single handedly brought up her children since the time her husband left her. She has tremendous physical and mental strength. For a short while she worked in a factory, doing strenuous work which even men would find it hard to do. She is a non stop talker and I once told my wife maybe that was a reason that her husband left her. I also used this as a chance to warn my wife. I have a vague suspicion that some of the arguments my wife uses against me are tutored by her.

She was mightily pleased when my wife gave her the cake. She left, saying that she had resolved never to absent herself from this day onwards. She would frequently disappear for 2 or 3 days making my wife fret and fume and declare vehemently that she will fire her and settle her account the day she returns. On the fourth day the maid would come with some sad story and all the decisions taken to fire and settle accounts would be forgotten. My wife had given her an option to take 4 days off in a month, not necessarily Sundays but she has to inform a day in advance when she opts to take her off. More than 4 days and a cut in her wages would be effected she had decreed.  It is a standing joke in the family whenever this AWOL happens, which we silently enjoy. Try to sympathasize with her or point out that she had never carried out her threats and her entire ire will turn towards us as she would go on a diatribe against us on how sloppy and irresponsible we are and how single handedly she has to strive to make the house habitable. So it makes sense to shut your mouth and throw away the keys.

So when she declared her resolution, we didn’t take it seriously, knowing fully well that this resolution like most New Year resolutions would go with the wind in a couple of weeks. But even we didn’t expect it to be broken the very next day. My wife waited for 1 more day before she called the maid’s son on his mobile. It was switched off. Couple of more tries too yielded no result. My wife appeared like Mt. Vesuvius about to erupt. For 4 days we couldn’t get through to him on his phone. We were a little worried for our maid. She was a cardiac patient and on medication. We had counseled her to stop working as her 2 sons were earning now as lorry drivers. She wouldn’t budge; though she had stopped working in a couple of households she was earlier employed, she refuses to listen to our pleas to take care of her health. She had grown fond of my wife and mother whom she regularly teases. She would say that she would go mad if she was to sit idly in one place. Had something happened to her? –(To be concluded)

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2011 09:50

    1. Welcome. Ironical that I should be saying this when, most of the time I am off 🙂
    2. Your maid, for all that she is, going off AWOL, is rather a gem, which of course, you all already know 🙂
    3. Waiting for part 2. Hope she is well, and that this interesting narrative will come to its purposed end, as with all your writes, bringing a smile to one’s lips, making the heart feel warmer, and lighter 🙂

    Your writing, as always, cheers.

    • February 24, 2011 23:04

      Usha thanks.You put a lot of responsiility on feeble shoulders 🙂

  2. Chithrajust permalink
    February 22, 2011 23:50

    well govind! if you’ve learnt to keep your mouth shut and throw away the keys, you don’t need any more new year resolutions! sober? you? ah! that explains that ‘i’m a rock’ thingy! giggles
    trust you to hang the story midway and keep us hanging too! grrrrrrrrrr looking forward to the twist in the tale that i’m sure would be there! 🙂

    • February 24, 2011 23:06

      I said sober on New Year. i am really scared of the expectations.

  3. February 23, 2011 08:54

    What’s with this ‘to be concluded’!! *frowns” ……and that too when it had one glued to the comp screen! *more frowns*
    I am just like your wife. 😛 My resolutions to fire the maid are thrown out of the window when the sob story comes.
    Awaiting the rest of the story 🙂

    • February 24, 2011 23:08

      Shail I am not like you. I have certain word limitations. After I reach that I can’t type no further.Thank god you don’t expect anything from the story.

  4. Olivia Kanna permalink
    February 23, 2011 09:51

    Maids Rule, eh? Interesting! So is there gonna be a climax or an anti-climax? You had better not leave us guessing for too long!

    • February 24, 2011 23:28

      Olivia I will try not to keep you guessing for too long,

  5. February 28, 2011 19:06

    Wow, you got a new blog and didn’t inform us???? Very entertaining read, btw, PRG. Did she come back? This line made me laugh ‘some of the arguments my wife uses against me are tutored by her’ 🙂

    • March 2, 2011 23:14

      Pal, I have been shouting from the roof top. You just heard it. Must be the distance. 🙂 Thanks.

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