MUSCAT: As the whole nation celebrated the country’s 45th National Day, the Khimji Ramdas Group ushered in the day with a celebration of the Omani people and their stoic spirit in its second edition of the film documentary series, #ProudToBeOmani.

The project was launched recently as KR’s tribute to the nation capturing – on screen – inspiring stories of hard work, determination and perseverance from Omani men and women in their quest for success.

“KR, through its Proud To Be Omani film documentary series seeks to capture the real life challenges, struggles and successes of the Omani people to reveal their resilient and enduring spirit. This series takes ordinary men and women and transforms them into inspiring role models for future generations,” says Hritik Khimji, director, Khimji Ramdas.

Starring Badriya al Rahbi, senior sales engineer – Lighting Division, Khimji Ramdas, the documentary portrays a woman’s personal strive for independence, career success and her ‘dream home’ while balancing work and family.

“When I get up in the morning to make breakfast for my two sons, I am reminded of the time when I was nine years old and had to wake up at 4am to offer prayers, cook and clean before I left for school,” Badriya recalls.

Badriya was the first woman in her family to receive an education at a time when female literacy was not the norm. “But my father used to say, ‘True knowledge raises mansions even without foundations,’ and insisted that I study; I wish he was here with me now, to see how his decision, made so many years ago, has shaped me into what I am today – a strong and independent woman.”

An employee of the Khimji Ramdas Group for the last nine years Badriya’s willingness to learn, grow and excel in her work have been the drivers for her success and growth within the organisation. “My office is like a second home and my colleagues are family to me,” she says.