Diwali Celebrations

November 16, 2015

Every year, Turner’s offices across India celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, which is one of the country’s largest and brightest festivals. And this year was no exception.

Jairam Panch, managing director of Turner India celebrated Diwali by performing a puja, or prayer, at Turner’s Mumbai office, distributing sweets and gifts to all in-country staff, and taking his Mumbai team out to dinner to thank them for their hard work throughout the year. He also declared Kalpita Chari, accounts executive, the Turner India staff member of the year, in recognition of her many contributions.

Rakhee Sutrave, executive assistant to Jairam took the lead on organizing the celebrations. “It was very interesting to plan different events and gifts,” she said, adding that it was also a fun challenge to choose what each person would get. “Diwali being one of our biggest festivals in India, we always want to be unique in our selection of gifts to everyone.”

Shrikant Sawant, proposals manager, echoed Rakhee’s excitement, and added that the holiday celebrations have far reaching implications for morale, and ultimately for Turner’s success in the Indian market, saying “It is always a special feeling when you receive Diwali gifts at office. The office decorated with lots of lights, sweets and endless fun is a great way to start Diwali. I feel Turner’s employee-centric initiatives are a great differentiator in India.

Diwali, which spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil, is celebrated across five days where people participate in pujas at their homes and offices to worship Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. People dress up in new clothes, light lamps and candles, burst firecrackers, distribute sweets and exchange gifts between family and friends.?

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