Week 19 – Dhiraj

Hey boss!

Walk into the BP gas/convenience store on 72nd Street near HW370 in Papillion, and if Dhiraj (pronounced Dh ee – r uh j) is working, you will hear him greet you with those two words…and a smile.

This guy is so pleasant, it’s scary. Actually, it’s impressive, and contagious. I have seen him over the past year at this store and always have had a pleasant interaction. This week I stopped in and spent a few minutes talking with him (while he was helping customers). I witnessed him calling customers by name and high-fiving one guy.  Clearly, people stop at this BP because of Dhiraj.  Me included!

A little about Dhiraj. He was born in Nepal and came to the US when his parents came here for education about 20 DJyears ago. They first lived in Boston. His parents have since returned to Nepal, but Dhiraj has stayed and is studying business at Bellevue University. He plans to graduate in a couple quarters, after which some fortunate organization will hire Dhiraj and get the benefit of his skills and great attitude.

Nepal is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People’s Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country.

Nepal has a rich geography. The mountainous north has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, called Sagarmatha in Nepali.

I asked Dhiraj if he was married or in a relationship and he said he “broke” last summer (from his girlfriend).  I had to get clarification as I thought he went broke.

After a few questions, Dhiraj finally got a little suspicious and asked me, “why all the questions? What is this for?”

Oh, apparently I forgot to mention my Giving50x52 journey and his involvement as my week 19 gift.  When I told him and handed him a $50 bill, he responded, predictably, with a smile and a “cool”.

Dhiraj told me his name in the Nepali language, means “peace” or “patience”.

A perfect end to 2012 and beginning to 2013 is a little peace and patience.

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