Don’t we look forward to a holiday? I do and I would like to believe many others do too.
But have we ever notice the folks around who never get holidays. There are many and they go unnoticed. The milk is delivered on time every day and it comes along with the newspaper. Public transport, the police, the fire service, utilities and so many more work on holidays. Have we spared a thought, just a thought for the bartender who serves the drinks for the New Year party, he works when others take off and there are many more who slog to make that New Year memorable.
One Sunday when I was out for dinner I happened to see some officers of a PSU bank working at 9 PM, I know of some bank officials facing marital stresses because they hardly get time to spend with their families.There was a time when a bank manager was an aspiration but today it can be a curse.
For a daily wage labourer or a small time entrepreneur a holiday is a loss of income and because there is no food on the table they cannot afford to take a holiday. Closer home, do our domestic helpers have a weekly off? Do they not require one day to rest, recover or even handle their personal work before the next working week starts? Our maid has a weekly off and paid medical leave when required.
We cannot change the lives of all the people around but we can start with some one close by who works for us. We can also just acknowledge their efforts and say a Thank You. Yesterday and today many systems were paralyzed because people are on strike for many things including some job security for the unorganized sector that generally never gets a holiday. I have my own views on strike and its effects but the strike shows how much it will inconvenience us when folks who do not usually get a holiday, actually get one or two.