Life is not a bed of roses. It depends on us how we shape it. We can either choose what we are getting in plate, or can step out of our comfort zone to achieve what we desire. Deepika Mhatre is a common citizen just like us, yet she stands out from all of us for what she has chosen to do in her life. She is just living an ordinary life, yet she makes a little effort to live up to her dreams.
43-year-old Deepika is a Mumbai based Domestic helper whose day starts at 4 in the morning. On her way to work, she sells immitation jewellery to passengers in the Local Train. After doing her train rounds, she heads to the first home at 6.30 am to do the daily chores. After working in 5 households, she gets free by 4 pm.
That seems a dull life for all of us, but she knows how to add colors to it. After a long and tiring working day, she turns up to stage to spread happiness by participating in comedy shows.
Talking about how her journey started, Deepika said to a portal, “This started when Sangeeta madam (Sangeeta Das, at whose home Deepika works) arranged a talent show for us “bai log.” No one usually does that, right? But she gave us a platform to showcase our talents—just as a fun activity. That’s where I decided to take my jokes to the stage.”
That stage had given feathers to Deepika and from that day onwards, she was a maid during day and a stand-up comedian by night.
Her journey began when a journalist of Hindustan Times spotted her during her first show and recognized that she is a power house of talent. The journalist then introduced Deepika to well-known personality Aditi Mittal who was also impressed by her. It was Aditi who then asked her if she wants to take her talent to a professional stage.
Aditi mentored her during her journey and they went on to shoot an episode of 'Bad Girls' together.
“The gigs are usually in late evenings or nights. So I return home after 12-12:30 at night,” says Deepika.
Her jokes are relatable and also a punch on how society works. She says, “The building I work in, I am very special there. Because people like me, we have a separate lift. We even have a separate mug! People think servants should have separate vessels. Go on then, hide your own vessels! You eat the rotis that I made, don’t you?”
Deepika is definitely an inspiration to us!