The Saturday we moved into our “flat”, the modern conveniences arrived to be installed — a washing machine (we spent hundreds of dollars on laundry in the hotel — I am so happy to do our wash again!), a dryer (Yes! I am so happy to see a dryer and not have to line dry all of our clothing!), and drum roll….. a dishwasher!
Now as you will notice from the pictures, that this dishwasher may not appear to be all that special, but it is the appliance that left 3 grown men watching it in amazement. Let me explain. When the dishwasher was delivered the nozzle on one of the tubes was the wrong size for the plumber to connect it. Several days later, the landlord’s plumber returned (of course, it took two visits in the same day to get the right size) to change the fitting. Our guard accompanied the plumber to our apartment and stood and watched him as the work was done. Upon completion, the plumber who could speak no English and the guard who has VERY limited English, were trying to communicate to me but we were not having any success. I therefore went and got my driver to help in the translation. Come to find out, the plumber was telling me that he did not know how to work the dishwasher to test it so was asking me how to operate it. Yes, I wanted it tested for sure, as we have had a few surprises on things not being connected just right under the sinks. My driver explained that the plumber had never seen a dishwasher before. I asked my guard and driver if they had seen one before. They had not. As I turned it on, three grown men stood for many minutes staring at the appliance. I finally had to announce that it looked like it was working just fine — they just looked at it in awe.
Then a few days later, the dishwasher rep calls and wants to come out and explain how it works. I had been waiting to hear from her because they told me I could not operate it until she brought some items — which included a specific salt that is poured in a bottom compartment to help soften the water, dishwashing soap and rinse. When the rep arrived, I ended up needing to show her where the finishing rinse went and which compartment was for the soap. She has since called me a couple of times to make sure all is going well and if I had any questions. We are talking about a basic dishwasher with 3 different options — heavy duty, normal, and a quick wash but it is not a common appliance in India. When I explained to our maid, Stella, that the dishwasher was working she said, “Mam, I do my washing by hand only.” It’s a good thing we do our own dishes at this house because I want my amazing dishwasher to get some use!