Posted by: William | November 2, 2007

My Friend Divyesh and His Beautiful Mindset

I would like to tell you about my friend Divyesh (Div-ee-esh). I thought at first his name was Nuvyesh, but it turns out that in India, the ‘D’ carries a sound similar to an ‘N’.

Divyesh is from India, he’s 22 years old and he’s been here for two years. He works at Dunkin’ Donuts and has been ever since the day he got here. Typically, he gets to work at 6 pm, and gets off the next morning between 8 and 10 am. That’s between 14 and 16 hours every day, seven days a week; to me and you, that’s pretty intense (unless you’re in law enforcement, but your not so you understand). He left India when he was only 20 years old, not even old enough to drink alcohol here. I’m 21 and I don’t think I could imagine moving to the other side of the world by myself, but Divyesh did it.

Divyesh spends every night at Dunkin’ Donuts, he probably knows more about donuts than you or I would ever hope to know. Of course, getting that information from him is pretty hard because he speaks in broken English, but with a confidence that makes you comfortable enough to share a conversation with him. His favorite food is red beans and rice, which I’m sure he enjoys while listening to his favorite Indian pop artist, Sonu Nigam (which I’ll testify to; he’s pretty good). Divyesh doesn’t much like sports, has never been in a swimming pool, never ridden a roller coaster, and had never seen snow until he showed up here two years ago. Back in India, he’s never had a girlfriend, not because he’s particularly unattractive or awkward, but because he says he’s got more important things to do; especially now that he’s in the United States. He doesn’t own, or much want a computer. He hasn’t seen a movie since he left India and at this point doesn’t intend to. He didn’t bother getting a driver’s license. Who wants to be tied down like that anyway? Divyesh lives in a small apartment in Crofton with another Dunkin’ Donuts employee who appears probably twice his age.

So what gives Bill? Why are you ragging on Divyesh? Do you think American’s have the good life, they know how to live, how to have a good time? No. That’s not what I’m saying at all. I’m saying, Divyesh, he may be intensely more close to the good than most of us.

You see, Divyesh tried for a long time to come to the United States, but for a young Indian boy, it’s very, very expensive. He tried several times, until finally, he was given a break. The owner of the Dunkin’ Donuts in Crofton (and presumably other locations as well) happens to know Divyesh’s father. He agreed to sponsor him to get a visa and come over here so long as he worked at Dunkin’ Donuts. This is great news for Divyesh. It will mean securing a good future for himself, his future wife and children, as well as his family (back home, Divyesh has a younger sister, she just turned 19). The catch is that Divyesh only has five years. Five years to make as much money as he can. You see, American money is more valuable that Indian money. One American Dollar is worth roughly 46 Indian dollars (or Rupees). That means working in America for 10 dollars an hour is like working in India for 460 dollars an hour… that goes a pretty long way (about 90 ‘really large coffees’, as Divyesh has explained.) So with Divyesh’s limited time here, he needs to make the absolute most of it. Why would he waste his time doing things like swimming, riding roller coasters, or getting a drivers license? Instead, he beats his body thin in order to make the very most out of his extremely limited time in the United States, in hopes of greater reward back in India. Divyesh’s timeline here is an extreme reality to him, and he won’t let anything get in the way of that.

This has had me thinking for the past few days about our own timeline, especially in relation to the timeline of all history, or eternity for that matter. There was a time, at least for about 7000 years, where I didn’t exist. Then, one day, God brought me into being. 21 years later, I’m still here and likely will be for another 60 or so. Then after that, it’s back to no more Bill here on earth. 81-years to eternity, consider the timeline. The ratio is significantly smaller than five years to a lifetime. And what’s more, the rewards or consequences are vastly greater than comfort and security back in India.

This has caused a rift in my thinking. Divyesh has grasped beautifully this concept; he’s not wasting his time. He’s not going to be distracted, and he’s not going to risk his, or his family’s future. But we, with much less time to waste, waste. Completely satisfied with what we’ve been given, do not beat our bodies (1 Cor. 9:27) in hopes of not being disqualified. Rarely do we consider our affect on others eternally; the affects of our decisions in their eyes. In spite of it, we continue to mindlessly exercise our freedom; politically, socially and spiritually. What’s worse, is almost never do we wholeheartedly consider the one who has privileged us to this life of comfort and plenty; Jesus Christ. Rarely lifting His name in response to our earthly satisfaction, and rarely considering His potential effect on the lives of those we claim to love.

We have been called to consider first our Lord, Jesus Christ, then second our neighbor; to consider both greater than ourselves, and to lay our lives down for them in every way possible. Our time to do so is extremely limited, our time to glorify God on earth, to lift his name above all other attractions in our heart, and live a life striving to be worthy of Christ’s death on the cross; extremely limited. We will not have eternity to exemplify Christ in our bodies and to fill up what is lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions (Colossians 1:24). Those who look on us may never look on another face brightened by the Spirit of God again; our pride and selfishness should never be allowed diminish one’s ability to see that in us; although in many of us it does. Whether it be financial, or with our time, our energy, our resources, our compassion, or even our bodies, we must be willing and ready to suffer for the sake of God, those who know Him and may one day know Him. Because this life is not going to last forever and the prize for all those who believe is much, much too great to ignore.

This mindset and response to God will not start with the things we do but the heart we have. We should be praying for more humble, compassionate, loving and worshipful hearts and taking steps in faith toward that end.



  1. its me divyesh
    from india

    i never seen a boy similar to me , but yet i am 18 years old , i mess later ok bye have great day

  2. OMG !! i cannt believe that this story is totally similar to mine …. i came here 3 years ago… works in dunkin donuts for 3 years ..same place … never had a girl friend… just one thing is different …i live with my parents….. everything else is exact same… !!!

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