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Just another day at work

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DIWALI holiday was like an ordinary working day for two Fijian men of Indian descent.

Fifty-seven-year-old Amrika Prasad and 32-year-old Mukesh Kumar worked tirelessly in the sun yesterday rather than spending time with their loved ones at home.

"This is our bread and butter," Mr Prasad said.

Like any other ordinary father, he said they had to work to feed their family.

"I miss spending time with my family. I have no choice but to work for my family," Mr Prasad said.

This newspaper caught up with the duo cutting grass along McGregor Rd in Suva yesterday.

Mr Kumar said they would take half day off to prepare for the prayers in the evening.

"Life must go on. After Diwali, we will have to come and work again. This is extra money for us," he said.

Heavily perspiring, with only their old hats to protect their face from the sun, the men said they could not wait to meet their loved ones and share sweets together. Mr Prasad said over the last three years, he had been working on Diwali holiday.

He said he had already prepared everything for the night.

He added that Diwali reminded him of sharing; forgiving one another and also a day that moved him closer to god.


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