It’s these three cleaning implements that made me give in to getting a maid, because I have to admit, I just don’t have the skills to use them properly (and don’t particularly want to learn).
For those of you who are unfamiliar with these implements, they’re different types of an Indian broom (also known as a jhadoo, and not to be confused with jadoo which means magic and they certainly don’t do any of that!)
The pink one is made out of plastic and is used for sweeping water.
The one with the purple and green handle is made out of some sort of fine plant-derived fibre (that I can’t identify) and is used for sweeping dust and dirt off the floor.
The brown one is a bunch of sticks and is used for sweeping rubbish in open areas, usually outdoors. And, I kid you not, an expat blogger mistook it for a decorative home accessory (bless her, I’ve thought about putting it in a vase too).
Thanks to these implements, living in India has rendered me quite useless at housekeeping. There are two main reasons for this.
The first is that I’m not used to throwing water all over everything as a method of cleaning (give me a mop and bucket any day!). In India water will commonly be poured all over the floor, and then swept away with the pink jhadoo. In the apartment building we previously lived in, the kachra-wala (rubbish guy) once attached a hose to a tap in our bathroom, and hosed down the common first floor landing to clean it. Water ran down the stairs and into the lobby. And, of course, people walked all though the area with their shoes on and left it dirtier than it was already.
The second reason why I’m not comfortable using these cleaning implements is because of the size of them. They don’t have a handle of any significance, or have a handle at all. To use them, one must bend down and sweep in a sideways motion. It huts my knees and gives me a back ache. And, for that, my maid is happy because it gives her work!
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