Friday, April 4, 2008

The Legacy of Caste

I and V own a pharmaceutical laboratory here in Hyderabad. They are very safety conscious and trying to raise the standard of cleanliness and precautionary measures taken in their lab. They provide safety goggles, gloves, special shoes, etc. to all of their employees to ensure that their employees are kept safe. One of their constant struggles here is getting people to use the safety equipment that is provided for them. Yesterday, I broke down in frustration and yelled at the lady who cleans the bathrooms for not wearing the gloves and shoes provided for her. The cleaning lady started crying and replied, "but ma'am, I am clean."