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On almost every street corner of urban India is a laundryman or woman.
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MAYA: THE IRONING WOMAN
By Maya -
On almost every street corner of urban India is a laundryman or woman. Maya works as a laundrywoman in a wealthy street in New Delhi and is noticing changes all around her.
Translation of film:

Pressing? My in-laws were doing it first.

I used to bring them their lunch and then gradually they let me take over

Initially, they didn't want me to...But then with the financial problems at home
they let me.

If I don't do it, who will? We may go hungry otherwise, that's why.

I've got three boys. One 20, the second 15 and the last one 16 years old.

The first one is in college, the others at school.

The boys aren't interested in work but even I want them to take something better.

We wanted to get them educated, an opportunity to get ahead. Something better than this work.

Even if they want to do this, I wish they'd work at a bigger place.
Something more respectable.

The point is you have to work hard. If you don't, you won't get ahead here.

These days the fashion is cut sleeves, tops, jeans and shirts.

Only those with a traditional outlook wear the sarees.

Today's children have no respect for the saree.

Even those like us - third class people - have changed their attitude in the way we live.

We look at the rich and say this is how they live and eat. This is how we ought to be.

We may not speak English or live like them but at least we can observe and behave like them.

If they wear something expensive we will wear cheaper jeans, top lookalikes.

This is how children think these days.

I'm still wearing sarees because I don't want to change the way I live or behave.

I don't have to wear revealing clothes to look modern.

I prefer staying within my culture and keep what I have. That's why I dress this way.


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Title:
MAYA: THE IRONING WOMAN
Contributor:
Maya -
Length:
2.46 mins
Date:
20 Jul 2007
Source:
Video Nation UK
Location:
New Delhi
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