A Gujarati diamond merchant billionaire sent his son to make a living out of his own to Kerala without any financial support. Owner of Hare Krishna Diamond Exports, net worth of of Rs. 6000 crores, Savji Dholakia, sent his 21-year-old son, Dravya, to Kochi with only Rs. 7,000 to fend for himself and work odd jobs to know the importance of struggle.
Savji Dholakia son Dravya, is pursuing MBA in United States and is in India for his vacation. The Billionaire father of Dravya asked him to take this challenge for a month, which he readily accepted. Dravya was asked to pertain to three conditions while taking the challenge. He reached Kochi on June 21 with three pairs of clothes and Rs 7,000 that he was only supposed to use during an emergency.
“I gave him three conditions: I told my son that he needs to work to earn his money and he couldn’t work at a place for more than a week; that he can’t use his father’s identity nor use the mobile phone nor Rs 7,000 taken from home for a month. I wanted him to understand life and how the poor struggle to get a job and money. No university can teach you these life skills except experience,” Savji Dholakia, proprietor of Hare Krishna Diamond exports, told Times Of India over phone from Surat.
Dravya accepted the challenge, “He decided to come to Kochi as he didn’t know Malayalam and Hindi is not commonly spoken there,” said Savji Dholakia.
How difficult it is to get a job and earn money without any support, “For five days I had no job or proper place to stay. I was frustrated as I was rejected at 60 places, as no one knew me here. I understood what is rejection and the value of a job in these few days,” Dravya told TOI.
Dravya got his first job in a bakery in Cheranelloor. Then he worked at a call centre, a shoe shop and even a McDonald’s’ outlet in the city, earning Rs 4,000 plus in a month. “I never worried about money and here I was struggling to get a meal worth Rs 40. I needed another Rs 250 per day to stay in a lodge,” Dravya told TOI.