It made me realise just how much I’ve probably taken for granted.
Back in India, you don’t do any of these things by yourself. There’s always an electrician who will come and fit your lights, there’s the carpenter who will build/fix your stuff, there’s a maid who will clean your house (and in some people’s cases do your dishes, cook your meals…this was never in our case). In fact, a relative of mine has a live-in maid and so life’s easy for their family even if she works full-time.
On the other hand, here, unless you are very rich, you can’t afford to have someone clean your house, cook your meals, put your furniture together…
And over the past few years, I’ve learnt the following:
– To put furniture by myself (and the help of friends). Yes, the furniture I bought is a DIY style of furniture. I ended up putting together a coffee table, dining table, dining chairs, bed frame with the help of one other friend. In the past, I have put together a bookcase, study desk, and helped a mate with their house furniture.
– I have learnt how to screw on a lightbulb. And it’s not an easy straight-forward type. [Add my shortness to the picture and it makes it harder!]
– I have learnt to juggle work and cooking
– I have learnt to clean an entire house with the help of just a flatmate (Back home, I’d only clean my room)
– I have learnt to move…several times. This includes lifting heavy boxes, lifting furniture and climbing stairs. I’ve never used a mover…so it’s always been a mate and me.
Yes, it’s different from what it was before in India.
But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Not even a maid to do all my housework while I just go to work.
And so, to those few people back in Bombay that turned up their noses at me not doing my dishes every single day or stacking up my laundry for a week (in a laundry basket, mind you) and doing it only on weekends or not cleaning the house every single day — try living by yourself, working full-time and not having a maid. Then comment.
For that matter, try changing a lightbulb on your own. 🙂
Until next time,