“What is Diwali Bonus and Why is it given?”
This post covers the story behind Diwali Bonus and Why is it given?
Initially there was a concept of salary to be paid on a weekly basis to the workers in India, particularly the textile and flour mill workers in Bombay.
So you received 52 salaries in a year.
But when British started ruling India they came up with concept of Monthly salary which meant you were getting paid for 48 weeks only.
So if we have 4 weeks in a month, 13 salaries should have been distributed but as per a monthly structure they were giving only 12 salaries in a year.
When people realized that this was a loss to them in terms of one salary many protest rallies were organised in Maharashtra during 1930-1940.
The British then came up with a solution to this problem.
After discussion with labour leaders about how to distribute this 13th salary and they decided Diwali being the biggest festival of India, they would distribute this 13th salary durring Diwali.
“Today this is called the Diwali Bonus.”
This was implemented from 30th June 1940. Many don’t know the history behind the Diwali Bonus and hence this post.
“And today” This 13th salary comes as “DRY FRUITS”.
What are you getting as Bonus this Diwali?
The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So the fishermen had to go further out to sea to catch their supply of fish, the fishing boats got bigger and bigger.
The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh and they lost their fresh taste.
To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. Also, the frozen fish brought a lower price. So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference; because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste.
How did the Japanese fish company solve this problem?
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies added a small shark to the tanks that the fish were kept in. The shark of course eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state due to the fact that the fish are challenged.
Keep that shark inside you alive!
Challenge yourself everyday. Push yourself everyday. The more are the sharks(challenges), the more you are forced to move forward. The more are the sharks, the more you will be motivated to work better.
Content source-The Japanese Fresh Fish Story & Put a shark in your tank…