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My name is Amar Ramdhanie
and I am the area manager for
a national chain of an interna-
tional pizza restaurant.
As a little boy, Chaguanas was
rural. And then it just blossomed
into what it is today: a city [that]
can rival Port-of-Spain. We h a v e
everything in Chaguanas! And I dare
say we have the most beautiful
women in Trinidad. Because that s
where I met my wife.
I m a Chaguanas guy and my
wife, Roma, is a Chaguanas lady
and we re one of those nice little
Indian love stories. Roma and our
son, Sanjay, are the reason I m here.
Job, prestige, nothing matters once
I have them.
Typical lifestyle for Trinida-
dians nowadays, young, suc-
cessful entrepreneurs and busi-
ness people like myself: you
don t really have the time. Even
my little boy. The only time he gets
to spend with the cousins is, like,
one day on the weekend.
One of my biggest regrets was
not excelling the way I should
have at school. My parents sep-
aration took a toll on me. I was now
getting into junior secondary school,
age 11, you now starting to play the
fool, as they say, and I played the
fool a lot! But I was one of the for-
tunate ones who was able to turn
People [forget] it is simple
things that make you happy.
Getting up in the morning and
looking at the sun. Seeing the
joy on my son s face at the
beach. I like to see my wife next
to me, smiling at me when I wake
up. Sometimes it s not always the
We like to say, "God must be
a Trini" -- but do we really
understand what we mean by
that? You can find so much pos-
itivity in the little things you do
I m a very unorthodox Hindu:
I don t believe I need to go to a
temple to find God. I don t need
a pundit to say my prayers for me.
My wife loves to go to the
cathedral in Port-of-Spain. She
finds it so tranquil. She s not
Catholic. You ve got to take from
that positive energy wherever you
I started off in business at the
age of six, seven years, walking
around the market, going from
person to person, with a basket
in my hand, selling Indian del-
icacies. I ve come full circle and
am back walking around, meeting
people, greeting people. It s an excel-
lent way to make people happy!
You can t have salad and
health drinks all the time, you ve
got to have a balance---but I have
cheese-in-crust pizza ALL the
time! I think it s the most fantastic
thing we have.
I m in charge of making sure
all seven restaurants run effec-
tively and efficiently [to] provide
the great customer experience
customers expect of us. You can t
do that from an office, you have to
do it from the ground. So I visit
every restaurant every week.
The textbook definition of
customer service is to do every-
thing possible to make sure your
customer has a good experience.
But customer service, for me, is
making sure that, when customers
walk through the door, they ask for
me by name.
The best thing about my job
is engaging the customers. A
negative would be that you do sac-
rifice family time.
Trinidadians and Tobagonians
like to say we re friendly people
but I don t think so. We want to
follow how the Americans carry
themselves but it isn t the right way.
I love my country to death
but, as a people, we are so igno-
rant, we don t see the beauty
we re living in. It goes from the
crime to the way we interact
with one another to the way we
litter constantly. Villages are divid-
ed now, homes are divided, and that
division is getting us nowhere, fast.
We need to stop saying "gov-
ernment" and look and see what
A Trini is two words: passion
Trinidad & Tobago is the best
country with the best people.
We re the jewel in the crown. All
we need to do is polish it.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 25, 2015
TRINI TO D' BONE
Slice of life
Amar Ramdhanie...likes cheese-in-
crust pizza a lot.
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