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Blanket Ban on Helping Bollywood Celebrities Hire Maids?

On April 19, 2017, Posted by , In Lessons4Me&U,Miscellaneous, With No Comments

Read a post from one of the online Maid Hiring Agencies in Mumbai about their blanket ban on providing a maid to Bollywood celebrities. Really! Is a blanket ban even justified, leave alone a solution? And does the Agency itself has no part to play in what happened to the…

Life Educated

On March 30, 2017, Posted by , In Lessons4Me&U, With No Comments

Illiterate does not always mean uneducated. Life can also educate us. And, this is something you can be reminded of from the most unexpected sources at times. I was reminded of this from my domestic helper.  She is illiterate, but not really uneducated. Life educated her enough to give me a commentary…

Domestic Workers Job Contract

On March 18, 2017, Posted by , In Best Practices while hiring Helpers,Lessons4Me&U, With 5 Comments

We normally do not sign any job or employment contract with our Domestic Workers. This is because we feel, and to some extent rightly so, that it is not practical to regulate specific aspects of domestic work, such as exact hours of work and the work done. In India, specifically,…

Helper Absenteeism

On March 16, 2017, Posted by , In Best Practices while hiring Helpers,Lessons4Me&U, With 1 Comment

Imagine a scenario where your domestic help lands for work coughing and sneezing: clearly nursing a flu. The question then is what should you do? Praise and encourage the practice as dedication to one’s work, or encourage the helper to take the day off? Dealing with Helper Absenteeism is a…

What does it take to be grateful?

On March 8, 2017, Posted by , In Lessons4Me&U, With No Comments

Notice for the Women’s day celebrations in my society read: “Nominate a woman who inspires you. We will have a lucky draw to choose the winner for a gift hamper.” I asked my 16-year-old daughter whom to nominate. “Nominate Rehana Aunty!” she suggested. I was surprised because Rehana is our…