Friends, I just HAVE to tell you about this rather interesting character who has entered my life. My old maid left suddenly without any warning and I got a call from this girl called "Mina" asking me whether I wanted her services. I told her that I needed a part time maid thrice a week, for two to three hours each time and that I would pay her on an hourly basis but she said she would come for an "interview". I was wondering what else am I supposed to ask or tell her ,when she came and had a "look" at my house and said she was willing ,that she normally charged 20 Rm per hour but considering that my house looked very neat in the absence of a maid she would settle for 15 rm per hour. Well, I sort of softened at the compliment when suddenly I realized that it was the other way round and that SHE was the cleaning woman, the one being interviewed. :bonk She is a Filipino lady, and the second wife to a Sardar. That explains the "thujhe dhekha tho yeh jaana sanam " ringtone on her mobile, I thought. Her age is hard to guess but she looks very slim and nice. She dresses up very stylishly in tight fitting tees and pants, reeks of perfume, and OMG her shoes match her handbag, a MUST in the fashion world, I hear. She always has her umbrella too, saying she doesn’t want to get tanned. Like most Filipinos she speaks English, for which I am grateful. I usually do the dusting and cooking myself and leave the cleaning part to my maid. I finish all my work before she comes and leave it to her to sweep, mop, clean the toilets, kitchen etc. The first day I was very happy to see that her work is not just “clean “but "Mindi" clean and that’s saying something. The next day I was so immersed in my computer that I am sure she did not mop the bedrooms but told me "yes ma’am, finished it when you were busy in the study" I had to let it pass since it was my mistake in letting a new maid work without any supervision. The next time onwards I decided to sit at my dining table which gives me a view of all the rooms. So I sat there correcting some tuition work but she apparently thought it was an invitation for her to talk and asked me if I was doing my "Masters". I was amused but said" No". The third day she went on to tell me about her house which was ground plus first floor and since it was just the two of them she had rented out two bedrooms to girls from her own community doing domestic work, "and, when my husband is away, No need to feel lonely La….we three girls go out" she laughed. Enterprising, I thought.:thumbsup A friend of mine also wanted help so I asked Mina if she was willing. She refused saying that one house was enough for her and when I asked her if she was tired doing just her own house and mine she laughed and confided "No Ma’am, I actually have a part time maid myself, I only work for time pass La, so that I can get out of the house". Well, THAT left me quite stunned. Another day she wanted to know what I was doing on the computer. Before I could even think of what to say she started" Face book-a ???? Yeah Ma’am, me too... always into face book, I like it very much ...but my husband says he will not give me the internet" "Hahaha! Mina, that’s what husbands all over the world are saying ", I thought. And today I told her she needn’t come on Wednesday as I was planning to go out and whether it was okay with her? "Yeah ma’am, no problem…I will go to my husband's office, La…he has some tax problem….I do that for him and also the payroll. All his employees like me but are scared of him" Now isn’t that just too much for a jobless chartered accountant to take on a Monday morning?