'No madam can scare me': maid turned comedian mocks India's elite

'No madam can scare me': maid turned comedian mocks India's elite

Deepika Mhatre has turned her experiences as a cook for rich families into a standup routine

It is considered insolent in India for a maid to talk back. But one housekeeper in Mumbai is challenging the expectation to be submissive and obedient by lampooning the world of domestic employment in a standup routine several nights a week.

“Although my employers were mostly nice to me, I used to hear horror stories from other maids,” Deepika Mhatre, 43, told the Guardian. “I used my experiences for my routine, like other comedians,” she said.

It’s the first opportunity I’ve ever had to be someone

Related: ‘I won’t do toilets’: the unvarnished reality of life as a maid in India

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