The 1st of May is called May Day internationally and is celebrated as Labourers' Day. Locally it is called Maharashtra Day. I believe that I am an Indian and have a global sense of belonging and so will stick to the concept of May Day, a celebration for workers.
I dedicate this blog to my home helpers who do their best - which is a lot - to make my life a great one.This is Jaya - she is kind of the head of my team of helpers. She washes vessels, clothes, dries them, gives the right ones for ironing, cleans the house, does the jaadu-pocha and umpteen other tasks that are required to keep the home front going. She is a treasure and I really appreciate and cherish her. She is truly a God send! She is very professional in that she takes leave only when necessary and does not stand me up every other day like some people do.
The second in line is Muni. We go back over twenty years. She is into her fifties and cannot do very heavy work. She cuts vegetables for me, artistically, in fact. And she is the stand-in just in case Jaya falls sick. I can always rely on Muni to help me in times of trouble. God bless her!
This is Tina, my most recent discovery! Or should I say that she found me! Her cooking is divine. And most importantly, she does it with love and never loses her cool even if do so at times. She is totally regular and refuses to take an off unless I insist. A gift from God indeed! She makes my life way easier in the mornings, leaving me time for my yoga, meditation and exercises.
The last pair of pictures belong to Shaila and her cousin who make garlands of flowers. They supply to our home come rain or shine and have been doing so for over more than 20 years. I really appreciate their work. God Bless!
Of course, there are many more people who are a great help in my life on a regular basis, my vegetable vendor, the lady who sells bananas, my watchman who also gets the milk home every day and Afroze, my beautician. Only I don't have pictures of all these people. This blog is all about how I totally appreciate each and every one of these people. Thank you all!
Photo credits: LAKSHMI RANGANATHAN