Whether it was a happy occasion in the family or a momen of grief,Sadashiv Laad,has been consistent with two things in his life. First,never taking a holiday besides his weekly off,and second,always reaching office on time. This is a routine followed by Laad,an electrician,working with Kalyani Carpenters,for the last 27 years. In his late-forties,he is hopeful that his efforts will someday earn him a place in the Limca Book of Records or the Guinness Book of Records.
It was in 1985 that the Chandan Nagar resident joined Kalyani Carpenters. On May 1,his company and the Saras Baug Mitra Mandal recognised his efforts and felicitated him for working tirelessley for more than two decades. The distance between my house and office in Mundhwa is around 11 kms. And I cycle to work everyday. There are three shifts and whichever shift I am working in,I make it a point to reach work on time.
Laad says that his family has been very supportive. Earlier my mother and wife used to complain about me not taking holidays but they are fine with it now.They understand that it is important for me to work.
Recalling an incident he says,My father passed away in 1999 November. That day,I was working the morning shift. Though my seniors insisted that I take a few days off,I chose to work the night shift the next day. We went to our ancestral village Pategaon in Ahmednagar where we performed the last rites and I came back. My elder brother managed the rest of the rituals.
He says that he understands that taking time out for family is important. Along with my family I usually go a day long outing to nearby religious places. he says,further explaining,My weekly off is on Saturday. So on Friday I work the morning shift,come back by four pm and leave with my family. We go to places like Tuljapur and Alandi. I come back and go to work on Sunday for the night shift. Everything works out fine.”
Looking back,Laad says that he has no regrets. People close to me understand me well. Even during my daughter’s wedding,as soon as the ceremonies and rituals got over,I joined work. My son was married on the day of my weekly off. So I managed without an off, he says.