The Power of Inclusion: From Sikh to Superfan
The story of the NBA's most passionate superfan is a tale rooted in self-discovery, one built on working hard, breaking barriers and changing perceptions.
Nav Bhatia was born and raised in Delhi. His father - who ran an optical business - wanted him to become a doctor which led to Bhatia's pre-medical studies at DAV College Jalandhar. But medicine proved not to be his calling.
After moving to the United States in the early 1970s to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, he stayed in California for several years working alongside his brother. Bhatia owned and operated a theatre and also ran several restaurants before eventually moving back to Delhi with an eye towards expanding the family business. Those plans changed during the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 when conditions became too dangerous, forcing Bhatia to leave India.
He settled in Canada and, upon arrival, looked for engineering work everywhere, applying to hundreds of jobs with no luck. Nobody wanted to hire a Sikh with a turban and beard.
Months went by until finally, a Hyundai dealership took a chance on Bhatia and hired him as a car salesman. In the face of disparaging behaviour from co-workers and customers alike, Bhatia was determined to prove that hard work trumps hate and in his first three months sold a record 127 cars.
He never looked back.
Join us for a motivating talk, delicious multicultural cuisine and a community celebration as we welcome the Superfan to St. John's.