February 22, 2010
In India, there is a lot of labour service that most in the world would consider extravagant. For example, a woman comes to the house every day and sweeps and mops the floor. Every alternate day, a man collects clothes at the door, irons and returns them. People come to the door to collect and pay for your old newspaper, pick up your garbage and do small jobs.
Labour in India is fairly inexpensive, and at first glance it seemed a bit unfair or even unethical. After being here for a while, I started to see how all these little services keep lots of people employed and at least allow them to earn a living in a country with over one billion people.