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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Can’t get the help Servants in India The Economist

Cheap household labour is no longer in abundant supply. 
Servants in India
Cheap household labour is no longer in abundant supply

MUMBAI

AMRITA SABNAVIS, a busy financier with two BlackBerrys, an equally hectic husband and a six-year-old daughter, refers to one of her former maids as "a nightmare". Ms Sabnavis says the hired help was always on the phone, frequently late when collecting her daughter, and tried to discourage her second maid from doing any work. The servant then went on holiday in May and never came back. Ms Sabnavis has been through 11 live-in maids in three years in Mumbai, India's financial capital. Finding replacements only seems to be getting harder.


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