Staying in Barkheda poses significant challenges to a city dweller. So many things we take for granted in a city are a struggle. The flip side is that many of these things, when accomplished, give genuine happiness. Procuring clean drinking water, being able to burn the chulha, electricity, things we take for granted in a city, which give no happiness in a city, give tremendous happiness here. When I realized this, I thought it strange. Is this the kind of happiness I’ve come here to get? But on second thought, what the heck! Happiness is not this kind or that. If something makes you happy, just be happy. That’s all there is to it.
We in a city are so trained to match skills with people. For example, a doctor, a mason, a plumber, a mechanic, a cook, a carpenter, all are supposed to be people with special skills. So much so that we’ve even classified some work as something which only the maid can do! But in a village, almost everyone is able to do the basic work of each of these ‘professionals’. Isn’t it how it should be? So elementary, but we’re making more and more compartments…even teaching 4 year olds that these are various ‘community helpers’. Is it possible that on a particular day, in some household, no one has cleaned after the kid has done potty, because the maushi was on leave! Parenting may also become a special vocation!!!