Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Today Chhaaya Bai left her 22 years old job with us---abruptly without an explanation!!She just sent me a terse message with Vanita saying that she will not be coming to work at our home any more!!While the way it was done pained me I think perhaps she felt she could not have done it any other way--for 22 years is a long time!!
She first came to me on the 13th. August 1990---a thin wiry lady whom I engaged as a "Sous" Cook as those days my health wasn't very good----hence I needed someone to look after the Kitchen whenever I fell sick.Since she too hailed from the Konkan, her style of cooking suited all 4 of us---and gradually she became a part of our lives and then our family.Later in June,1999 she brought in her co sister -in-law Vanita to me when my Jayashree Bai left due to some problems in her Village.Since then these two have been the mainstay in my home--till yesterday!!During my Dengue Hospital Stay these two helped Mummy to run the house on smoothly oiled wheels---and Vanita began coming every Evening to cook our dinners.These two kept my household on an even keel during the period of December 2006-31st July 2007--during which my Operation,Chemotherapy and Radiation took place.Later it was once more these two who kept the wheels turning for the 10 days I spent in Hospital after my Heart attack and Angioplasty--and these two who looked after me afterwards--helping Sudhir to nurse me back to Health.
It was to keep Sudhir peaceful that this duo would arrive before he left for Court in the morning---and wait till he came back home in the evenings--ceremoniously handing over my Parcel to him!!!They never left me alone after that because this duo and Sudhir were convinced that I was going to cop it any time---so they kept me under their Eagle eye throughout the day!!After he passed away last year ,this duo provided me with a great amount of emotional support---by just listening to my Memories or being there whenever I grieved!!Today one link has broken--how--why I do not know!!Since I have received a message via Vanita I will not embarass Chhaaya Bai by broaching the subject of the "whys" and the "wherefores" with her.Obviously it has been a decision that she has arrived at after due deliberation and long thought.She has plenty of Health problems---like a gap in her back Vertebrae as well as Arthritic knees and a frozen shoulder as well.Physical handicaps that have been earned after a hard life.Today I'm left with a lingering sadness for a relationship that has been a large part of my life has ended---and more than an Employee I have lost a Friend.I guess the period of our "Runanubandh" or Relationship was just till now---and today the bond that bound us ended.So I will only say this to my Friend----quoting Byron--- "Fare Thee Well --and if Forever Still Forever Fare Thee Well!!'