“All my strength and courage to choose a job that’s not a mainstream one comes from my mother. She used to sell cigarettes once upon a time, before she settled down with a corporate position. Today if I’m working as a delivery partner for Swiggy as a part-time job, it’s because of my upbringing, which has taught me that no job is a small or ‘not your cup of tea’ kinda task. Of course I came across a lot of people who tried to talk me out of it saying it’s difficult for women to ride in the hot sun and deliver food. And that’s precisely why I want to do this – I want to change that idea of gender-based jobs in the society. My mother and stepfather have been extremely supportive without letting anybody’s opinions affect me.
It’s been two months and most of my customers are pleasantly surprised. One of them also gave me Rs. 100 tip because I’m a woman. He probably thought I’m doing this job because of financial conditions. But that’s not true.
Even at restaurants, they treat me differently because I’m a woman – sometimes good and a few times bad. But I don’t like that. You don’t need to give me special treatment because I’m a woman in this male-dominated field, neither do you have to be harsh or mock me for taking up this job. Even on the roads, people look at me a couple of times to see if I’m really a woman wearing the company t-shirt and delivering food. None of it affects me, it never did. I chose this and it’s fun. It’s a different experience and I like it. Nothing else matters.”
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