I read an article in the magazine Hindustan Times - Brunch
today, which talks about quite a number of women opting to stay at home rather than go out to work for various reasons. It is not about what the article discusses, but a specific remark that got me to write this post. This person thinks it is cool to stay at home, but adds "Well I may stay at home, but I don't do the sweeping, cleaning and cooking. I read, go to gym/ spa, watch films ..."etc etc.
Why do people think it is "uncool" to admit or even do the household chores ? When I quit my IT job, during the exit interview I was asked with a smirk if I planned to do household chores after quitting. I said smilingly "Oh yes definitely, along with a with few other things that I have in mind".
Just because I have an engineering degree, does it mean that I can't clean my own house bathroom ? If I have a maid to help me with the cleaning of vessels and sweeping/swabbing, it is because I know it is physically very demanding and I cannot manage on a daily basis without their help. But yes, on the days they take off (my maids have so far been good enough to give me advance information about their vacation or call me if they fall sick), I do all the above mentioned work to the best of my ability. I don't panic unlike a lot of people around me. Infact it gives me an opportunity to flex my muscles a little and really appreciate the physical strain involved in these tasks. Usually when they come back after a break, I am extra nice to them and do not nit-pick much :-).
Well my point is that it does not matter if you are cooking or cleaning your bathroom or giving a presentation to your client. You have to give your best to whatever you do, in that moment. No job is big or small. It is your perception of it, that matters. Dignity of labour, was instilled in me right from my childhood by my parents and they set a fine example too.
I might get questions as to why I needed an engineering degree then, to get the household tasks accomplished now, but I can give atleast 10 reasons as to how the engineering degree helped me at some point in my life ! That's a story for another post :-)
Labels: personal, random thoughts, ranjani
#posted by [ ranjani.sathish ]