charankanya on January 30th, 2011

In the last 6 months I don’t think I’ve been able to have a single conversation with my friends without discussing my “maid problem”.   By now I’m sure all of them must be thinking that something must be wrong with me, since how can a single person have maid problems for such a long time.  […]

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charankanya on March 18th, 2009

A friend’s maid is beaten up by her drunk husband…yet again.   How can we help stop this?  Most people say don’t get directly involved, or her family can be targeted.  So, what next? We helplessly watch a woman being battered?  Does anyone know how she can be helped?  Are there any shelters for battered women in […]

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charankanya on October 23rd, 2008

The previous posts dealt with how to interview your prospective maid. This one deals with how much to pay her and how to negotiate the salary. Also, feel free to share your opinions and experiences on how you went about hiring your domestic staff.

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charankanya on October 22nd, 2008

After you have asked all your questions and got some basic understanding about your prospective maid, you now need to share with her what your requirements are.  I am listing below what I normally tell them…you should add to or omit some of them as per your requirements. Job description – typically what I expect […]

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charankanya on October 22nd, 2008

How to hire maids/domestic help in India. What questions to ask and how to negotiate salary.

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charankanya on October 22nd, 2008

When you have just arrived in India, hiring a maid is not necessarily your top-most priority.  But sooner or later you will need to hire a maid(s).  For most, this hiring process has some angst.  I have given below some questions to ask at the “interview”.  Many of them may not be relevant to the […]

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charankanya on August 13th, 2008

When I was deciding to move to India, everyone told me that it will be nice because I will have servants to help me.  I had mentally prepared myself for all the “bad things” of India, so that I could adjust better.  However, the brighter side of things was the servants.  What nonsense!!!! For the […]

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