The Red and Gold Pen - An illustrated short story
From Clare de Mowbray
Mithu is one of a vast number of women commuting to Kolkata for domestic work. She lives with her family outside the city, in a village close to Sonarpur, and she travels daily by local train.
In the city, she juggles multiple part-time jobs, rushing to and between her three employers’ homes. The work (washing dishes, sweeping floors) is tiring, unregulated, and low-paid, but it provides an important source of income, helping Mithu to support her family and pay for her daughters’ education.
As we travel with Mithu, from her own home to her employers’ homes and back again, we are offered glimpses of her daily life, trials and tribulations, and love for her family.