Well, who doesn’t like paid holidays? All of us are looking for paid holidays all the time. When it comes to paid holidays, there is no country like India!
When the Lord created the universe, he went about doing the job of creation for six days. On the seventh day, the Lord took a day off and he rested. Perhaps, the concept of weekly offs has its origin there. That was that on those olden days.
As man evolved and civilizations grew, the westerners discovered the joy of weekends. They took two days off instead of one and they called it weekend holidays. In fact, their weekends began on Friday evenings and lasted until Monday mornings!
In India, we were following the old system till Rajiv Gandhi with his progressive thought decided that it is time for Indians to enjoy the weekends too. So, it began with government offices and spread to the private sector. Some organizations in the private sector still work six days a week.
Now, we have 52 Sundays and 52 Saturdays. That makes it 104 days. India is the most secular country in the world. So we celebrate the festivals of all the religions in India. Taken together, the festival and national holidays add up to a minimum of 16 days. That makes it 120 days. We are entitled to seven casual leaves and seven sick leaves in a year totaling to 14 days a year.
Our holidays add up to 134 days a year. That means we go to our office only for 231 days out of 365 days in a year.
Out of 24 hours, our office work consumes only eight hours a day. That is one-third of a day. In other words, we work for 77 days and get paid for 365 days a year.
That is for the common man. According to newspaper reports, the Indian Parliament has met only of 32 days so far in 2008. Our parliamentarians may put in a maximum of 50 days by the year end. That is one-third of the 151 days that the parliament had met in 1956. As our problems grow, the parliament meets for fewer days. And, mind you, even on those 50 days they are not working 24 hours a day. Now we know who enjoys the most number of paid holidays in India!
If you are one who wants to enjoy most number of paid holidays, you know what job to pick up?!