If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India. – Mark Twain
2015, August 15 – Another Saturday for most of the world, Independence Day for Indians across the world and a very special Independence Day of sorts for the entire team of Dazeworks! Not just because this day marks 70 years of India’s independence, but because we decided to do our little bit towards making this day a special one for the 35 kids at Infant Jesus Orphanage Home for Girls, Ponnurunni.
Being a cloud computing company honestly does not give one the chance to see a lot more than computer screens. Now don’t mistake me, I am in no way complaining about my job and in fact I love my work! The opportunity to work with a team that fully understands what you do and why you do it is not something that everyone gets during their career. We are a Salesforce consulting company and as is common knowledge, Salesforce is one of the top rated technology companies globally today. But, this is not the only driving force that brings me to work every day. One of Salesforce.com’s core philosophies is the 1/1/1 model, a laudable initiative that involves giving back to your community in the form of equity, volunteer time and products/services. As a company passionate about all-things-Salesforce, we did not have to think twice before embracing this philosophy ourselves and making it a part and parcel of our vision for the future.
This was what prompted us to take our first little step in this initiative, otherwise known as Pledge 1% by organizing a traditional lunch for these amazing kids and more importantly spending some quality time with them. What would otherwise have been a quiet day-off at home turned into a memorable one for the entire team present. No words of thanks could replace the wide smiles on their faces and were reason enough to ensure that we make this a practice to be followed diligently. Each of us left the place with those smiles etched in our hearts forever and realizing that we still have miles to go and lots to do before we are really free. Probably, this is what true freedom should mean to all Indians – or no, to the world at large!