If work is worship, aren't customers gods?"Customers are kings". "Customers are gods". "Work is worship". These are the most commonly found quotes in any shop. But many shops also sport a pantheon of Hindu deities. I have a problem with these shop owners who would spend 5 minutes in the morning after opening the shop, 5-10 minutes in the evening and 2 minutes at night while closing the shop, praying to this pantheon. Oh did I just say prayers? Rituals. These elaborate rituals include, switching on a hymn or singing it, lighting incense sticks, lighting lamps, lighting serial lights, offering bananas or any other fruit and then spending a relaxed amount of time worshiping and wishing. And all of this happens in peak hours as I showed with time stamps above.
I absolutely had no time to spare and had to take 2 printouts today. The shop owner was busy with his evening puja. I called out to him. Almost a whisper. But this apparently disrupted his "penance". He glared at me and made that classic "tsch" sound. One must note I was standing in a queue at this point in his shop for five minutes already. Despite all of us patiently waiting, he still didn't come out of his worship. So like any sane person would do, I and some impatient customers, walked out of his shop to another one. This did bring him out of his meditation and he shouted at us to come back. Some did. I was already on my bike so I didn't. I rode off to the next shop. I saw from distance that this guy was swearing at me for being impatient. This, though angered me a bit, didn't matter me at all because the one who lost his customers was that shopkeeper.
You might have expected that I got my job done in the next shop. No. That shopkeeper has his routine rituals too and he is ever so slowly doing them. This maddened me a lot. I left this shop too and finally got my job done in another shop. The whole ordeal costed me, extra money since this shop owner was costing more, petrol money and 30 minutes of my day which I wanted to use for some other important work.
Yeah. Work is worship and customers are gods. Your religious obedience can wait for few minutes Hindu shop keepers. Muslim shopkeepers are my favorites. They show professionalism in work and even their namaaz happens in non peak hours for most part. I wish these entitled few overtly religious characters got hold of themselves and learnt professionalism.