When I arrived in India some years back as a single mother and full-time journalist, there was one thing I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about – finding domestic help.

Maids, nannies, drivers, cooks and cleaners are ten-a-penny amongst the urban middle classes here.

In New Delhi’s neighbourhoods, for example, most families employ full- or part-time help, who do everything from feeding and bathing babies and cooking family meals to sweeping and washing floors.

These are often young, uneducated women from impoverished villages hundreds of miles away, trying to earn money to support their families back home.

So when a friend handed me the phone number of a placement agency which would help me find a live-in nanny, I didn’t think twice.