When the team from Uber invited me to spend Diwali with them at their LA office, it was an easy yes for me - not only because I LOVE Indian food, but also because I was highly curious how a company like Uber would celebrate the Festival of Lights (this is what Diwali essentially means in Sanskrit).
Getting into my Uber to go visit … Uber.
So I got to their uber-swank (pun-intended) offices in Santa Monica at around 4:30 and was given a tour of the space:
L: Great view of the ocean.
R: Me smiling for no reason other than there is a camera pointed at center
I found out later that the space was designed by the same team that designers of the interior of the Soho Houses - it was very well planned out, spacious and best of all - with a view of the ocean.
The Uber LA office was filled with these heartwarming framed testimonials from riders and driver-partners.
So after the tour of the two-story space by the very friendly Uber team, we were led to their communal area and we saw that the area already had a lot of Indian delicacies ready:
...which made it really hard to concentrate on much else other than eating.
But there was also an Indian henna and semi-permanent tattoo artist who did a great job of selecting a piece of temporary art for me.
Of course, no festivities are complete without a bit of song and dance - and we were treated to a couple of Bhangra dancers who taught us some cools steps.
And I was so amazed that within minutes, the Uber team members were able to dance in sync with the dancers like they’ve been practicing for years. I mean talk about #skills:
Group photo for posterity: It was a great night with the Uber Los Angeles team as well as a few other influencers who were invited.
Being an Asian living in the US, I find efforts like Uber’s encouraging and it is very much welcomed, because celebrating Diwali, Chinese New Year or Eid-Al-Fitr is a step towards acknowledging my background and my culture as well as other minorities like me.
So thank you Uber for the wonderful Diwali celebration. Now if only I can figure out how the heck everyone was able to dance in sync after only 10 minutes of training.