Hospitality Matters : A Nation In Black


People are always wondering why do we Thais love His Majesty The King of Thailand so much?Well, it’s because when we were children, every time we turned on the tv, we were always greeted with images of His Majesty working on his many development projects related to water resources and agriculture development, bringing utilities like water and electricity to the country.

His Majesty traveled to the remotest parts of Thailand sitting with local citizens in rural communities listening closely to them, finding ways to alleviate their suffering. His Majesty did this on his own accord, initiating over 3,000 royal development projects.

Our great King was a selfless man, and at one point His Majesty even vowed to never leave the country stating that there was too much work His Majesty needed to do in the country itself. His Majesty kept that vow, spending the rest of his life devoting himself and his time to his love for Thailand.

Someone recently asked me what life was like under the reign of His Majesty the king. Truth is, I have never known what life is like not being under the reign of His Majesty. I think many of my fellow Thai citizens will agree with me that we are all a little lost after the passing of His Majesty. I grew up with a sense of security, that there was someone looking out for us with our best interests at heart. Like a child, knowing he was going to be okay because his father was around. I will miss that sense of protection.

In addition to protection and security, His Majesty has in a way shaped most of the values that we Thais have instilled in our hearts and souls. His selflessness taught us that those of us who are privileged enough to have been well-educated and financially stable have a responsibility toward the underprivileged. As Thai businessmen, His Majesty has instilled in us a sense of responsibility to give back to causes for the development of our local communities and the betterment of our people. Following in His Majesty’s footsteps, as Chairperson and founder of the Solange Paz Mendoza Foundation, I have led projects for the underprivileged for the Children’s Rights foundation as well as Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of Thailand.

A lesson I have personally taken from His Majesty is the most valuable principle that I live by, whether it is in my personal life or in my professional growth, is the lesson of humility. His Majesty, by living example, has taught me that it is of utmost importance to ensure that no matter how successful we become, no matter how high up we rise, we must never forget where we have come from. The only way to achieve true success is by doing everything we do with a level of consciousness, integrity and humility. No matter how high we may try to reach the sky with our hands, our heads should always bow in modesty.

As a descendant of Indian immigrants, I hold a deep sense of gratitude for His Majesty for giving us the treasured opportunity to come and settle in this beautiful kingdom. My grandfather was a staunch supporter of His Majesty’s development projects and embarked on many social development projects in line with His Majesty’s vision. In 1968, My grandfather – Mr Amarnath Sachdev had the great honour of being presented with a certificate of “5th Class of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand” for his contributions to the country, a legacy I am proud to carry on as his grandson.

His Majesty may be gone, but His Majesty’s legacy remains as our king, our father, our hero – who gave more to us than we could have ever asked for. We cannot help but admit the void His Majesty left in our hearts, a void that will probably always remain. Today, we are a nation in black, a nation united in mourning. However, we promise to rise again and to do our best by respecting, sharing and never forgetting the lessons that His Majesty taught us about humility, discipline, love and selflessness. We will never forget His Majesty and will ensure His Majesty’s legacy is preserved for the future generations of our country.