Savji Dholakia, an Indian billionaire with a successful diamond business under his belt, made his employees’ wildest dreams come true when he gifted them 400 apartments and 1,260 cars as Diwali bonuses.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn and spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. People clean and decorate their homes and offices. Like Christmas, gifts are exchanged between family and friends.
Dholakia’s company, Hare Krishna Exports, also marks its golden jubilee this year.
As many as 1,716 employees were named as the company’s best performers. The bonuses, which were announced at an informal meeting of employees, have been an annual affair at this company.
Dholakia, fondly called "kaka" by his people, said he doesn’t treat workers as employees but family members.
“We don’t treat diamond polishers as employees but as family members as they hail from the same area from where we belong (Dudhala village in Amreli district). We have given them gift as per their performance in the company,” he said in an interview.
In his early days as a businessman, he established and grew his diamond business using a loan from his uncle. He also made headlines when he sent his son, Dravya, a business graduate from the U.S., off to another town with three sets of clothing and Rs 7,000 ($105) emergency money, to make it on his own.
“The idea was to see how the common man lives in this country. To leave behind all the resources I am accustomed to and try making a living in a completely unknown city. Before me, three of my cousins went on a similar expedition 12 years ago and another one had his shot six years ago. This year, during my summer break from college, it was my turn,” Dravya told a local news channel.