Friday, March 15, 2013
I guess we struck lucky---in getting a live in Household Help!!!The lady in question is called Rasika and is a dimunative little thing--cheerful and very eager to please!!The reason for employing her was to get some load off my back--for with Ritu's Chemo Cycles plenty of work had increased during the last month.Cooking fresh,nutritive Food is not easy--for she cannot eat any raw Vegetables or Fruit--in case of Infection.That narrowed down the choices about our daily Menu considerably.Hence Rasika seemed like God sent---and well she definitely IS very useful.
However there is a flip side to this--training the lady to do exactly what one wants can be pretty daunting--specially for a person like me who just cannot denigate Work.I just can't sit back and twiddle my thumbs---it makes me irascible and edgy.Besides I like things done just so--and find even whatever my daughters do too clumsy--therefore for me tolerating a third person is positive Hell!!I mean she tries so hard to please that it makes me feel guilty--that's why I've relegated the job of training her to Vanita--who has now moved a notch up the ladder.Rasika too is a very restless person--who like me needs to be constantly occupied doing something or the other---she just can't sit still!!Therefore I get worn out trying to keep her occupied!!Monday we cleaned out my well kept Closets--Tuesday we got her acquainted with the Kitchen.Wednesday my sisters-in-law came over for the Day--so she had plenty to do--Thursday I told her to dust every corner of my Living Room--for there are Corniches placed with plenty of Artifacts in each and every corner--today we roasted the Spices needed for making my traditional Spice Powder(Masala) and tomorrow I'll grind it to a Powder while she helps by passing the ground Powder through a Sieve so as to separate the coarse residue from the fine one!!
I find that telling her to do things is far more tiring and time consuming as against doing those things myself--besides since she has still to get used to staying alone--I too am under House arrest!!However I do appreciate her eagerness to be useful---and I'll admit having all the Veggies cleaned and chopped without lifting a finger is certainly a boon--as is clearing away the Food after the Meal--and stowing the Left Overs in the 'Fridge afterwards was never one of my favourite jobs!!Maybe this time next week I'll be singing a different tune but as it's early days just yet---I think I'll just wait and watch!!