A 1950s Housewife by Sheila Hardy

By Sheila Hardy

A nostalgic, humorous examine what it used to be rather wish to be a Fifties housewife in the course of the tales of these who were

Being a housewife within the Fifties was once particularly a distinct adventure from at the present time. After the independence of the wartime years, girls now needed to depart their jobs once they married and help their husband by way of making a spotless domestic, scrumptious foodstuff, and an inviting bed room. From creative cleansing guidance and ration-book recipes to domestic decor notion, the homemaking equipment of the Nineteen Fifties which are amassed right here provide an enjoyable and poignant perception into the lives of Fifties girls. This e-book additionally bargains heartwarming own anecdotes from ladies who launched into married existence in this interesting postwar interval, offering a visit down reminiscence lane for any spouse or baby of the Nineteen Fifties.

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Stories that I and I’m sure most of you, have never heard. Personally, I enjoy the female protagonist or antagonist much more than the male one. Lady Macbeth is more complex and fascinating a character than Macbeth or King Duncan. Madam Bovary, Anna Karenina, Phoolan Devi, Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi are, to me, much more interesting than their male counterparts. As expected, this read was a delightful journey; or rather should I say, a rollercoaster ride. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes full of sorrow, sometimes horrifying but always dramatic.

After her stint in jail, Jenabai realised that if she had to be a real player in the market, she would have to keep both the law enforcers and the ganglords happy. Jenabai’s smuggling know-how made her a valuable informant, and, at the time, informants were offered ten per cent of the total worth of the goods seized. However, cunning as always, Jenabai did not stop her bootlegging and grain business. As an informant, she daringly visited the houses of police officers after midnight in a burqa. Families of police officers, for whom she was a key informant, would address her as Hirabai, because they saw her visit their homes wearing diamond-studded nose rings and earrings.

Mastan was annoyed; he felt like he was being mocked. He did not reply but she continued, unperturbed. Being illiterate, Jenabai had rarely used a pen. Today, she placed the piece of paper on the table, hesitantly held the red pen tightly in her right fist and drew a long vertical line in the centre of the blank page. ’ Mastan was flummoxed. ’ Jenabai smirked and then, pointing one of her gold-ringed fingers towards her head, she said, ‘Think Mastan bhai, think. ’ Mastan’s anger slowly began to subside.

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