Maids today are an integral part of the modern Indian household. With surging incomes, crunch of time and a daily routine, their services are highly sought after.Despite their ever-increasing demand, the status of a maid/domestic help has been reduced to just a service provider in exchange of money. Their personal struggles and sacrifices get lost amidst the hustle-bustle and the fast paced life of Gurgaon.

Through my photographs, I have tried to document the lives of maids working as domestic help in various pockets of the city, after migrating from villages to escape poverty and make a better and secure future for themselves and their children.
I also chanced upon meeting Baby Halder, who used to work as a domestic help and has turned her life around becoming an internationally acclaimed author of “A life less ordinary” which is her autobiographical debut novel; translated in more than 21 languages.


© Natisha Mallick

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