Majhot, Himachal Pradesh, India, 08 September 2016, 7:00 pm:
Uncle has put on the motor to churn the curd into lassi. In the meanwhile, he also quickly washed a few utensils. Aunty has returned just now from Khatnol with the cow fodder.
In this house, all responsibilities are shared between Uncle and Aunty. So while Aunty will next milk the cows, Uncle will prepare the atta dough and prepare the vegetable accompaniment for dinner.
Aunty takes care of getting the grass and fodder for the cows, taking them out grazing, and everything related to the farm work. Uncle handles cooking, all small chores at home, tending to the cows while they are tied down at home.
It’s amazing – a basic essential of equally sharing all responsibilities. We’ve all heard about such stuff, read, understood… But we take it for granted or maybe think of it as applicable elsewhere. It’s strange that a quick visit to a small village in Himachal is all that it takes to acknowledge it all once more. The tricky part is taking it back and implementing it in everyday life.