Bai Bole Toh….
January 9, 2009Posted by on
I used to wonder why my mother got so restless and antsy when our bai declared a paid leave once in a while…now i know!
Four bachelors (maybe even one!) is all it takes to turn a house upside down. Infact, sometimes even we cant believe it that we did it. I remember once a friend remarked ,”Was there a blast in here?”.
When we shifted to a new place, a bai was on the top of our list of requirements and with that we also decided not to lose her since finding another one would be like looking for the Holy Grail!
With the bai, came relief. Regularly washed clothes, sparkling clean floors and glistening utensils and maybe a odd cup of tea…there was nothing more we could have asked for. Life seemed so organised but not for long…then came in the “LEAVES ARE MY BIRTHRIGHT” phase. And it still continues…a few arguments here and there…i could not believe myself uttering the same verbose as my mother’s, to our bai on a cobweb in a corner or negotiations over salary…it all looked to so girly…and then we stopped that as well.
But still, i must say that a bai shapes a household as much as the members in it. She is an integral part of the daily lives of all people. Having seen my mother battle it out with bai’s from different parts of the country, there is one common characteristc they have. All of them are self respecting ladies. Sometimes they are the only earning members of their house. And yes..each one of them has a attitude of her own!!
Afterthought : Is “Sakhubai” the most common bai?