The Other Pay Gap: Why Won’t Indian Waiters Give Women the Bill?

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The Other Pay Gap: Why Won’t Indian Waiters Give Women the Bill?

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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s an overworked 25-year-old woman, burdened with incurable laziness, mandatory gluten allergies, half-finished chores, and an ever-expanding Netflix watchlist, I am still ambitious enough to have some dreams.

I dream of waking up at 8 am and having a healthy breakfast like an adult before rushing off to work, instead of disregarding its very existence. I dream of a sleep cycle that lasts longer than a sweaty to-and-fro commute from Virar to Churchgate. I dream of a just world where putting aloo in a biryani is recognised as a civic duty. And I dream of a day when an Indian restaurant waiter decides that I’m qualified enough to be handed the bill after a meal.

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