When I first came to India, I said naive things to DN, such as:
“Yes, the weekend is here!” or, “It’s Saturday, why are you asking me to wake up at 7 AM?” or, “It’s Sunday. It’s the weekend. Why are you working? Let’s go out!”
Finally, he got tired of hearing me say these things and said, “What are you talking about? So what if it’s the weekend? We still have things to do.”
You see, the weekend, in America, means no school, no work. Well, there are some jobs that require you to work weekends. But normal business hours are 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. (9-5, M-F)
This gives people a sense of freedom, and the opportunity to spend Friday night through Sunday night doing anything that makes them feel good. Whether it’s Netflix binging or going out with your friends.
Everyone who doesn’t work weekends knows the beauty of sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday, and there are those who even take Sunday to do nothing but rest! (Super religious people might do this, as God declared the 7th day, Sunday, as the “day of rest.”)
This concept, however, does not exist in India.
You will never hear an Indian say “Thank God its Friday!” or “I can’t wait for this weekend…” Why?
Because in India, work still goes on, on Saturday. While Sunday is typically a non-working day, there is no concept of relaxing or sleeping in. Housewives still do their housewife hustle. (No day off for housewives.) You can imagine how that must feel for the wife of a freelancer, who does not have restrictions such as a “non-working day”.
Lately, I have had to convince my husband that taking a day off is mandatory, and finding balance between work and rest or play is also mandatory. We are working on balance. So far, he is receiving it well.
This Sunday was spent laughing, bickering, eating good food, and relaxing together. While I may never see my weekends again, let alone sleep in, at least I have managed to enforce a day off on Sunday.