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Dear brothers and sisters, and the viewers of this web site, I am Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade better  known as Fr. Tony Andrade. I was born and brought up in Barkur. My primary education was in Barkur. In 1980 I joined the seminary to become priest and was ordained to the Holy Order of priesthood on the 19th of December, 1992. I served a short period of time in Bangalore (India) and then went to the USA to serve in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota. Presently I am the parish priest of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located in St. Paul, Minnesota (visit our web site:-

I Hope and pray this column "Spiritual Corner" will inspire many viewers of our web site. As all of us know the need of spirituality in our daily life. We walk our faith journey trusting in God our creator and we are certain one day we will meet our creator God in Heaven. Meanwhile here on earth we need good insights to enlighten our minds and hearts in our spiritual life. in this column I will write articles which will be short and precise that may help our interested viewers to reflect on their own spirituality. I welcome others also to share their articles and reflections. This column is open to all the faith denominations. What is important is that we inspire each other on our own spiritual journey.

My sincere thanks to Kishoo de Barkur, the designer of this beautiful web site, and for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts and reflection on our web site.

Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade

Called To Serve and He Serves with A Smile. He Is None Other Than

B.  Mahesh Adiga from Brahmavar.

Good customer service is the top priority for Mr. Mahesh Adiga owner and C.E.O. of the Mahesh Enterprises and Appliances store in Brahmavar a neighboring town near our ancient historic town of Barkur.

Each year when I go on vacation I make it a point to stop and visit Mr. Adiga just to have a pleasant talk with him. It does not matter to him if I come for business or just to talk to him. For him each customer’s visit is important and he greets everyone with a broad welcoming smile.  His employees admire him and are delighted to work in his store. I have met many of them and they seem to be very satisfied with Mr. Adiga’s administrative skills.

The Adiga family originally hails from Barkur but settled in the neighboring town of Brahmavar for business purposes. They still have relatives and friends in Barkur. Presently they also own and manage a wonderful hospital in  Brahmavar called the “Mahesh Hospital” which also has a pharmacy. In the surrounding small towns there was a need for a good hospital. Recognizing the needs of our growing communities the Adiga brothers opened the hospital and are doing a wonderful job serving the health needs of our people.  Located on the hospital campus they also have a hardware store.

The motto of their business philosophy is to serve with a “smile” and welcome everyone irrespective of people’s faith and/or religion. Last December, 2008, when I visited Mahesh Enterprises I saw a nice Christmas tree standing in the middle of the store!!! I was impressed to see a Hindu from the Bramin community with a Christmas tree in his store. A perfect demonstration of how welcoming he is to all people no matter their religion or faith. The Christmas tree is a symbol in the Christian community’s faith as a part of their celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Below you can see Mr. Adiga and I are standing near the Christmas tree and smiling with joy.

Mahesh Adiga and Fr. Andrade standing near the Christmas tree

He is truly very friendly to all that come into his store. As a businessman he has the gift of patience as he deals with his customers in pleasant way. Whatever you purchase from his store, either electronic goods or appliances, Mr. Adiga and his employees will stand behind the product with a 100% guarantee. He will even offer their Home Service Facility for the good of his customers.

I strongly recommend anyone who is interested to know more about Mahesh Enterprises to visit the store and meet Mahesh Adiga in order to experience first hand the wonderful customer service he offers. Here is his business card:-

In name of my Church of St. Thomas the Apostle and I wish Mahesh Adiga the very best in this very competitive business world and assure him of my prayerful support. May God continue to bless him and all his wonderful employees as they serve our community with a “smile” and make a difference in their lives.

Fr. Tony Andrade (

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