Aditya Jha, (Business Man)
C’est la Vie (That is life)…. Last three months have made our lives upside down and it would still be an understatement. What happens around you and in the world is “what you know” but “what happens to you in person” is that impacts you at different levels. Being cooped up in your room with private bathroom for over 23 hours a day for 2 1/2 months, running your business with employees in six countries and more cities and being in the state of scare and worry whether people around you and your kith and kin and friends will be well and further whether you would be able to secure jobs for your employees and not impact your customers and provide service as usual is “extraordinary”.
I lived through last three months with my team from around the world providing a very “NORMAL SERVICE” delivery to our clients in more than 100 countries (it is easy if the nature of your small business allows that). What is most rewarding that our employees and the management team working from different countries delivered record revenue in the month of May 2020, way more than what we could never achieve in last three years and that too with every employee working from their home and officially working only four days a week. That is what you call triumph of human spirit of Never Say Never It was an extraordinary feat and I will cherish all my remaining life.
I am blessed to have accumulated very eclectic mix of friends and acquaintances across countries, which have made very many things manageable and easy during this very hard and testing days… whether our office landlords in different countries or our bankers across continents or our accountants or well meaning government officials in different countries and many more.
During the last two days, I made road journey of 21 hours travelling from near New Delhi to the border town at Sonauli, Uttar Pradesh and then travel for seven hours through Himalayan mountains and reached Kathmandu. Many times the thought occurred while waiting for six hours in the “No Man’s Land” at the Nepal India border that I may not make to Kathmandu, Nepal. My heart ached watching the plight of migrant labourers with children and wife walking and waiting at the International Border to cross.
Warmed my heart to see that once they crossed the Border, the Indian government had hot food and medical check-up and transportation for these labourers to go to their home districts. But they had gone through a lot of pain to reach to the Border point. I was lucky to have my own car, a driver and full supply of necessities. You recognize your helplessness and how little you are when you can’t help others and you are somewhat in self preservation mode, while others are so much in need. Social distancing is necessary in COVID-19 era but it is a moral curse too.
Finally, I landed in Kathmandu, Nepal with all travel pass and permission and Covid-19 Negative rest result both for my driver and I and secured a comfortable place at this Five Star Hotel in Kathmandu, where there may be less than five guests in-house. It is so quiet and tranquil and daily walk inside the hotel campus for more than six kilometres is a treat. The entire restaurant staff will make what you want…. However, what you want or need is a very very simple food and that I get and am grateful for this service and opportunity. I am quoting this Nobel laureate poet, Rudyard Kipling written more than 100 years ago…(Titled IF)
“ If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting…….;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same……;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss…..;
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
…..Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son”