Mandeep, a middle-aged talented artisan, who recently onboarded the team with his impeccable skills. Earlier, it was only his father who was part of the craft but now as he began to see the potential in the craft, he decided to help his father and the story continues.
These are Mandeep's words:
"I have seen my father work as a Thathera since childhood and there has always been a sense of pride on his face when he hammers and moulds the brass and copper sheets to give them beautiful shapes. I have seen him toiling day and night, despite getting a meagre pay at the end of it. He used to cough and have problems of hearing at times, but he has never given up. The identity of him being a Thathera is something that he prides upon. One day after my work, I sat with him & during our conversation, he remarked with grief,
"Mujhe ye kaam karke bilkul bhi dukh nahi hota, balki dukh iss baat ka hi ki 5-10 saal baad bhi, kya log Thathera banenege? Humari kala, humari Virasat kaise aage badhegi."
These words of him made me introspect and seeing the pride and legacy of Thathiar craft in our family, I decided to leave my job of a salesman and join my father to practice this craft. Afterall, if I won't take this craft forward, then it will be the end of our legacy, end of something that my father loved beyond anything else."