Wari: Exemplary Model of Management

3) In the WARI the sequence of each DINDI is permanent and pre- determined as is the position of each WARKARI within the DINDI.

4) Each DINDI has a chief (DINDI PRAMUKH) and a VEENEKARI (Veena bearer). The responsibility of performing the JAGAR (night bhajan), the sequence of abhanga chanting, the person designate to sing the abhanga is stipulated traditionally.

5) Every DINDI is a fine example on managerial expertise at it best. Provisions, groceries, water (tankers), cooks etc are arranged with utmost detail and care at the very outset. Give-and-take or cross-DINDI transactions rarely happen as each DINDI works towards remaining independent and self sufficient.

6) The WARKARIS start their march at exact six, after finishing their routine activities, prayers and packing irrespective of the weather, altitude and other inconveniences. This kind of time management is noteworthy and responsible for ensuring that the day’s journey gets completed within the stipulated time frame.

7) Walking in the morning stretches from six to ten. Following this is a halt. During this time every single member of the DINDI manages to finish lunch, rest for a few moments and even catch a small nap if possible. Lunch has thus to be kept ready before the DINDI arrives at the destination for the routine halt. Unheard would be the event when one meets WARKARIS who are traversing on an empty stomach because food was not ready.

8) The rules, regulations and norms for the WARI were laid down way back in 1831 by Shri Guru Haibat Baba. They have been adhered to in toto to date.

9) Many WARKARIS have been performing uninterrupted seva (service) over a number of years in the WARI. Only those having hereditary honour of performing KEERTAN SEVA in the WARI are invited to perform the service during the WARI.

10) When the CHOPDAR raises the silver staff (CHOP) and cries the customary “HO” aloud silence falls over the entire gathering in a split second. This kind of discipline is unbelievably out of this world.

11) Every DINDI has its own vehicle to carry food provisions and beddings, tents etc. Even before the WARI starts the day journey, these vehicles leave for the next halt. This time management is crucial to ensure that the food is prepared and kept ready by the time the DINDI reach their lunch halt.

12) Water is arranged for by each DINDI in the WARI. For this services of the water tankers are enlisted. Nevertheless water has to be used sparingly – for washing, cooking and drinking – on the WARI way. This certainly provides valuable lessons in water conservation and judicious water use.

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