I finished the pile of dishes and loosened my duppata to dry my hands. I peeked out from the kitchen door in living room, my son was still killing people on mobile phone, my daughter was feeding stories on social media, and my husband was cheering for the old cricket tournament. All this drama was routine in this lockdown, wish it will end soon. Government should reward housewives for tolerating this daily. To get rid of this, I made a cup of tea for me, with a pinch of cinnamon powder and cloves. Strong tea, just the way I like it. I poured the tea in a cup gifted by my daughter, printed with a tag of “Best Mom”! To hide myself from this chaos happening in my living room, I took my cup of tea and sat in the bedroom’s balcony.
Fresh breeze, strong tea and my thoughts had a small get together in the balcony. Everyone now missing their offices, schools, travelling but I am missing my peaceful home. I ran back to the days before the lockdown, suddenly I got the smell of fried pakodas. It got my attention and took me to Seema aunty’s house. Like in Tom & Jerry, Jerry gets pulled by the smell of the cheese. It landed me on the third floor of B-wing. Seema aunty’s pakodas are so famous in our society. In such humid weather also she is making pakodas, generally she makes in rainy days. Look, she is serving that hot pakodas to her son who is busy with his office calls. Definitely Work From Home, he virtually got his office at home.
Oh, why this Priya on the second floor is shouting at her daughter? Looks like school free, study free kid is causing her trouble. Kids just want to play whole day and night. Priya and her husband both are working in IT firms. Now, Priya is juggling with office work and household chores. She must be missing her maid more than anything else! Her husband is also sinking in laptop or maybe just pretending! Her kid is demanding noodles at this time! Priya took the laptop to the kitchen with her. One hand on laptop another hand in cooking noodles for her kid.
The dishes were dancing in the kitchen on the fourth floor; picture from Hetal’s house was quite different. Hetal’s 19 years old son was cooking something, while she was watching TV in the living room. Her son presents his dish with a big wide smile. Everyone is enjoying the delicious dish; he definitely got it from YouTube. Hetal went to the kitchen to keep empty plates. Her face turned red by looking at the mess her son has made. She shouted at him, “who is going to clean this?” Everyone in the living room starts laughing, and Hetal starts reorganizing her kitchen.
I took the last sip of tea, and realised every house is screaming the same story silently. Seema aunty, Priya, Hetal and many other women like us, no-one can spare their duties from the kitchen and other household chores. Surely we were doing all these tasks before lockdown also. But now we are doing overtime for all the duties. And we can’t even complain about this to anyone, as no such HR team for us.
The Lockdown in this pandemic has given new lifestyle for everyone. People are working from home, but our mother, grandmother, wife are already working for home. It can not run smoothly until and unless we all house members work together. Stay Home, Stay Safe!
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑻𝑰𝑴𝑬.
𝑩𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒅𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌.