Respect Everyone’s Culture

In India, companies don’t just hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies when opening new offices or starting new ventures. They also hold Puja ceremonies, in which a Hindu priest asks for the divine blessings of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, and all planets. The proceedings, which can take multiple hours, include the lighting of candles, chanting, the recitation of Sanskrit hymns, and a number of other rituals. I know because in 2009, I had the honor of traveling to Bangalore and participating in a Puja ceremony to mark the opening of a new Kronos office in India. With other Kronites in attendance, a priest in a white robe draped ...

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