Published: 07th March 2020
Everyday Sheroes: How this polio-affected waitress from Assam found a home in Chennai
In our run-up to International Women's Day 2020, we have curated this series of stories of women who aren't extraordinary, but our world may stop going around smoothly if they decided to call it a day
It was the year 2015, when a young Frida Brahma packed her bags and left the only place she had ever known --Assam - in search of a better life. Having no idea of what was in store for her, she moved all the way to Chennai without the slightest clue about the culture, language or way of life.
Five years later, today, she has no regrets about her decision. Working as a waitress at Writer's Cafe, she feels happier than ever. In fact, she's fallen in love with the city and her job.
Frida grew up in a middle-class family in Assam and wasn't able to afford to finish her school education. She had dreams to study more - she confesses that she was very interested in drama and literature - but there weren't too many opportunities back home.
When I came to Writer's cafe, I saw many acid attack survivors working here. I was very happy to see that people and especially women are treated without any bias. I felt very comfortable here
Frida Brahma, Waitress
When she landed in Chennai, she found a company where she worked for six months. But it was her second job -- being a waitress at Writer's cafe -- that truly gave her a sense of fulfillment. She says, "For the last four years, I've been working here. I like it very much. I am a victim of polio attack. My left leg has a slight problem. When I came to Writer's cafe, I saw many acid attack survivors working here. I was very happy to see that people and especially women are treated without any bias. I felt very comfortable here." She goes on to say, "I like the people of Chennai very much. I can also understand the language a little bit now."
Frida, who has now been promoted to senior captain takes her job seriously. Her responsibilities include taking orders and overseeing the morning staff. When asked about her best memory at work, she recalls, "It was when I got a raise in my salary. That really helped me and made me feel appreciated."
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