Inspiration

She Builds Our Nation #Inspiring Women

We never have to look far for inspiration in life. The people I see around me, especially the women, who go about their routine patiently and always show up at work, never fail to inspire me to take a deep breath and remember to slow down. They lead nomadic lives, going from site to site where their work takes them with their families, but they carry on with life cheerfully, smiling, enjoying the little things.

I always laugh when I see someone from a bungalow arguing with the street vendors over the price of a few flowers, when these worker women joyfully pay the asking price and keep moving on. There’s a life lesson there, eh?

For the last two months, construction work has been in progress in our area, with the sidewalks being broken down, pipework repaired and subsequently, the old sidewalk was replaced with a new one. The surface of slabs of stone was chipped to prevent slipping during rains, and fitted in the gaps. All day long the workers would toil, in the hot sun, manually chiseling away the rock surface, with nary a care for flying sharpnel.

Of course there were heavy rains to deter them in their work, but they didn’t bother with that small detail. They simply continued their job, thanks to the thirsty sun that hungrily dried out the puddles.

While the men worked, the women helped them by carrying away the rubble and other debris, and then, ferrying the cement to and fro to seal the joints. They also cooked and looked after their kids. Their main role came later, after the sidewalk was built. The women had to make sure that the cemented portion was watered well, so that it could set firmly.

The water tank was parked in one of the street corners and a group of women carried plastic pots filled with water on their hip, watering the sidewalk as they walked along it. Once the pot was empty, they walked back to the tank for a refill. They were at this all day, to water the entire length of the road.

I wondered why the tanker couldn’t just cruise along and water the sidewalk with a tube or sprinkler, but apparently that wouldn’t work. According to them, it was important to trickle the water slowly, all day long, in the scorching sun. Unperturbed, the women just swayed up and down the road, mechanically doing their job. Here they are. Always ready with a smile for the passerby who cares to notice.

They build our nation Vidya Sury

Chatting amicably with each other.

They build our nation Vidya Sury

They build our nation Vidya Sury

They build our nation Vidya Sury

They enjoy their lunch breaks

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Their little helpers work alongside them.

They build our nation Vidya Sury

And as always, these inspiring women at work find time for love!

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9 Comments

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    Parul
    April 2, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I totally agree that inspiration is all around us. Loved the story you shared – these women are so hardworking and manage so many things at one time.
    Thank you so much for linking up, Vidya. So grateful. ❤️
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    Birgit
    April 2, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    This is lovely and it’s so sweet to showcase these women who are often overlooked. It shows how much many others take things for granted but here they are with a smile on their face.

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    Nabanita
    April 3, 2017 at 12:24 am

    So inspiring and actually makes me reflect on how I should stop complaining about little things, learn from them 🙂

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    Obsessivemom
    April 3, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Agree with Nabanita. We complain about so many little things without realising how blessed we are.
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    Sid
    April 7, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I rarely leave your blog without a smile, Vidya! You happiness-creator-you!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you, Sid! Always good to see you!

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    Asha
    April 7, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Loved the narration and the pics !

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    Vasantha Vivek
    April 14, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Very inspiring post, Vidya. I agree with you these women are simple yet more powerful. Appreciate your efforts in bringing these women to limelight,

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