Maids vs Madams: The Invisible Class War Unfolding in All Our Homes

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Maids vs Madams: The Invisible Class War Unfolding in All Our Homes

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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arlier this week, a domestic worker jumped to her death from the 18th floor of my building. The reason? She was accused of stealing a silver coin by her employers. The young woman was 19.

My building, Oberoi Splendor, one of the many plush complexes in Mumbai with pools, gyms, and jogging paths, that now dot the city, is not a housing complex as much as a badge of social merit. Hierarchy is dictated by which floor you live on and which side of the road your house faces. The higher the floor, the higher your status. If your house faces the chaos that is JVLR, you’ve just about made the cut; if it faces the garden, you are languishing in the middle of this hierarchy; and if it faces the vast, green expanse of Aarey Colony, congrats because you’re right at the top of the heap.

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