A few people have asked me to write about what it’s like to have servants. I haven’t the faintest; we don’t have any.
I’m being coy. We do have help. I just don’t like the word “servant.” It seems archaic and even dehumanizing, though I don’t think most people use it with that intent.
Whatever someone wants to call them, I’ve got some complicated feelings on this subject. India is a class- and caste-conscious country that’s different from what most average Americans know and understand. The issue of hired household help gets wrapped up in this context. Read more