So now that Priya is ancient history, we can move on to her replacement. I have an inkling by now that we may not be staying on in India for too much longer and I have started to lose interest in the whole thing! Bad news! I hired a maid apathetically. I ignored my gut instinct and took her on in spite of the fact I suspected she was arrogant, unafraid and bolshy. I turned out to be right, unfortunately.
she started working the day of The Ray's party and simply carried on from there. Her cooking was not great - in fact it was not even good! Her cleaning, although fast as lightening, was not thorough or hygienic. Her ironing, although fast as lightening, was not crease free or smooth - are you seeing a pattern here? Yes she worked like the clappers, but the work was slap-dash and sub standard. I started getting her to clean and prepare ingredients and then I cooked them to make them edible. A waste of time and money having her around if I am doing the majority of the work myself.
She had a couple of warnings, she tried to change. What is that old saying about leopards and spots??!!
I tolerated and endured for a another few months, gladly running off on holiday just to avoid having to see this woman in my house all day. the reason for not throwing her out - I have six weeks left in Chennai at this point - I need to grin and bear it.... or at least just bear it!
In the end even that was not possible. I had a spate of health issues - I broke my toe, I needed a biopsy done and I fractured a couple of ribs (long stories all of them!). You would think that having a maid in the house would make life a little easier right? Wrong! The woman chooses this time (hottest time in Chennai, traditionally used for visiting the 'native place') to abscond and absent herself from work. She asked for a day or two as her daughter (14yrs) has kidney stones and needs surgery. Liar! She returned on the third day after ignoring or cutting calls from the driver and me repeatedly. Surprise! She popped in to show what a good worker she is - I came home from school at 9am to find the house almost completely spotless! She was racing around like a headless chicken to clean, clear and iron. Then came the stinger - she wanted a 'loan' of Rs50,000 - just like that! I refused, she said the office guys told her that if I said yes - they would authorise the load, Liar! She told me she needed it for laser surgery for the girl. Liar! She told me she would take the girl to her mother or her mother in law and come right back. Liar! She was gone for three weeks, and my friends (thank God for them) looked after my family and me. They made meals, sat with me, took me to the hospitals, helped me dress and undress and made sure my kids were taken to school and brought back each day, we were fed and watered and that I followed instructions to the letter. Good Friends - in fact - THE BEST!
The best part of the story is the outlandish list of excuses we were presented with both during and after she chose to return to work. Here is a meaty selection - she had heart bypass surgery - Liar! She had heart surgery and the stitches in her heart have become loose - Liar! She had heart surgery but she will come back to work tomorrow. she is fine - Liar! She had a baby but the baby had to be taken out of her - Liar! She eventually came back to work, found out she had missed a vital newsflash of our imminent departure and then tried to make me thing that PYT (who came to visit with her baby etc) was robbing me blind - Liar!
What makes me mad as hell was the fact that she thought that if we are leaving - she has the RIGHT to anything and everything in my house, whether I want her to have it or not. She tried hard to make me give everything to her - but in the end, her greed and stupidity and her deceitfulness were her downfall. Good riddance!!
7 years ago