Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Work is Worship

I had joined my father’s business in Dubai with 2 motives- to assist him in managing the shop and to learn the techniques of business. Some months passed and I became restless as my father was not teaching anything to me. I was asking myself again and again -had I come here to do inferior activities like sweeping the floor and cleaning the tiles etc.? One day I boldly asked him the reason. He thought for a moment and answered me, “Look son! I myself am not a seasoned trader to teach you anything. Besides, I myself have ventured into an unknown field. You have to learn the techniques from a seasoned businessman. I can surely help you with that.”

My father had a lot of acquaintances in Dubai. He talked to one of his friends so I could gain some work experience- and thus I ended up accepting an internship in a super store. To experience all the corners of retail business, I did all sort of jobs and worked in every section of the store. I was enjoying every responsibility assigned to me- except one. I felt nauseated when asked to handle packages containing beef and pork and simply used to reject them. My colleagues would tease me. Eventually the news reached the owner of the store.

One day he called me and asked me the reason for my reluctance. I candidly admitted that being a vegetarian, I felt that touching the meat was a disgusting activity. Hearing this he laughed at me and gave me an important piece of advice by saying, “Young man! I am a staunch Jain vegetarian who abstains from eating even garlic and onions in everyday meals. But this is my business. Here customer’s needs are to be given the highest priority; hence I don’t bring my personal likes and dislikes into my store. Mind well that the work is work only and should not be treated as superior and inferior. Don’t feel ashamed to do any kind of job. Remember that dedication and love towards our duty is the first step of success.”

His words were like an eye-opener and gave me a new insight. The incident also brought the greatest turning point in my life and I realized the importance of toiling hard at any responsibility. Since then I have never hesitated to do any kind of work.

By: Dhananjay Mahadev Datar, CMD, Al Adil Group, UAE Bahrain,Oman Saudi Arabia & India.

MOST READ

The National Taskforce for Combating the COVID-19 highlights measures taken to mitigate spread

The National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) held a press conference at the Crown Prince Centre for Training and Medical Research to highlight...

BisB Embraces Work-from-Home to Safeguard Employees

Following the directives of the Government encouraging caution and social distancing, and in line with its continuous efforts to safeguard the well-being of its...

HRH Crown Prince visits the National Task Force for Combatting COVID-19 Operations Room

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, and First Deputy Prime Minister, visited the National Task...

Bahrain takes part in WHO regional virtual meeting

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for East Mediterranean Dr. Ahmed bin Salem Al-Munthari held a virtual meeting to discuss the novel coronavirus...

Support preventing the spread of Coronavirus by downloading “BeAware Bahrain” Mobile application

The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) in collaboration with the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19), has officially launched an app to support...

NBB takes the lead in supporting its commercial & SME customers

The National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) has announced that it is has extended its support to its Commercial and SME customers impacted by the...

AlMabarrah AlKhalifia Foundation Plans to Launch “Jaser” Remote Work Platform to Support Bahraini Talent

AlMabarrah AlKhalifia Foundation has announced its readiness to implement “Jaser” a first-of-its-kind initiative in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which includes a “Remote Work” platform...

Foreign Ministry: Over 1200 Bahrainis evacuated from overseas countries

Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Dr. Shaikha Rana bint Isa bin Daij Al-Khalifa released the update number of returnees as she was hosted by the “Be...

“Together for Bahrain’s Safety” campaign reaches out to needy families

The Supreme Council for Women (SCW) has today started field work as part of the “Together for Bahrain's Safety" which was launched recently. Basic commodities...

COVID-19 situation requires concerted national efforts

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa received His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince,...

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe by Dhananjay Mahadev Datar

Our Al Adil group has always focused on delivering pure, clean and safe products to customers. Hence we have implemented state-of-the-art technology for packaging,...

General Directorate of Traffic launches online services

The General Directorate of Traffic announced that the services that required personal attendance would be processed after booking appointments through the Skiplino smartphone application...

Capital Governor: 1100 meals distributed

A total of 1100 meals have been distributed to expatriate workers in the Capital Governorate. The initiative is part of a charity campaign amid precautionary...

Zain Bahrain Be Safe Initiative

Zain Bahrain, a leading telecoms operator in the Kingdom, has introduced Be Safe initiative to encourage customers to utilise all Zain digital channels to...

MENA Fighters unite to support His Highness Shaikh Khaled and BRAVE CF’s campaign against Coronavirus

As events across the globe have been postponed due to spread of Coronavirus (COVID – 19), BRAVE CF was also proactive in postponing their...