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Video Page: A Day in the Life of India

A short movie with a twist ending, Belle de Jour (meaning ‘Beauty of the Day’, and this one is not the 1967 film by Luis Buñuel) begins by showing a stereotypical middle-class Indian woman who goes to work after taking care of her household.

From watching her feed the birds and comb her daughter’s hair to knitting and offering her seat to a girl to protect her from a lecherous guy on a bus – one could never guess what she does for a living.

In the many facets of our social life that makes people stereotype us and put us in boxes, work is but a small part.

The movie was an entry for ‘A Day in the Life of India’ contest by Times of India in 2011 which asked participants to portray what they thought made India what it is.