Thursday, 12 November 2015


People we meet in our journey of life don many a role...while some go on to become our acquaintances,others become friends, few others are those whom we come across by chance, who make an impression and possibly never even meet again,then there are those from whom we draw our inspiration, one or two go on to become our role models and finally it boils down to one or at maximum two people in our lifetime who leave an indelible impression in our lives.This is how at best we remember people from our journal entry of experiences and rendezvous called life!

Invariably, our role models or our source of inspiration are those whom we reserve for our parents, elders in the family or even a world leader,social reformer/worker, etc. The ones in whose company we progressively grow with over the years are those whom we confer the title of 'friends' else it is at best left as a chance acquaintance with someone we met once and just left it there without taking it any further.For instance,while traveling in a long distance train particularly,during the course of the journey if you happen to have a conversation with the person seated in your next berth and you end up striking a good rapport with the person,at best you end up exchanging numbers or you just say your one last goodbye knowing that this meeting was meant to last as an acquaintance. 

Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Baba Amte etc. are those whom I have always admired and had a secret desire to meet for a simple reason that their works have inspired generations and the legacy they have left behind is 'forever'.  Be it the fight for an ideal called 'freedom' whether it is for India's independence,racial apartheid or for that matter embracing the quality of 'compassion' be it to the destitute, orphans, lepers etc. - Since we enjoy the fruits of their labor each day of our lives, thus in a way I believe that I meet them all the time. Each time I revisit the concept of freedom and see it through the eyes of secularism in our diverse country as we harmoniously live together and celebrate each other's festivals, I am reminded of Mahatma Gandhi. When I see a Barack Obama elected twice as a President of America, I see the prophecy of Martin Luther King Jr. coming true. And when I somewhere around me see even one instance of compassion and love shown towards the underprivileged, in them I see Mother Teresa and Baba Amte where the torch of humanity burns firm like a flame in the wind. Thus in each of these instances,I find myself coming face-to-face with some of these much revered icons of our times.

In my regular life,my sphere of influence has been a small one indeed. Thus it may sound as a cliche when I say that the people who have made an impression in my life are namely my grandparents and parents respectively. 

I am particularly quite inspired by my grandmother who was a strong,courageous and self made woman. Widowed at a young age,she had to bring up three children as a single mother without any support system from relatives or friends alike. In a time, when women hardly stepped out of their homes or even took a walk to the local markets without being accompanied by a man at their side, my grandmother held her head high when she had a regular job back then! And she held onto her job until her retirement while providing the best for her children. At the end of it,she even bought a home, built another in her hometown and invested wisely towards the safety and financial security of her children.I was quite young when I visited her on vacations and oft interacted with her. I fondly remember the friendly banters we exchanged, the food she especially made for me when I came on visits and more so the orderly manner in which she managed her home and expenses without asking a dime from others. 

It gives me great pride to say that I didn't have to go far to search for an empowered and independent woman...Voila, I found her in my family! She was indeed a woman of steel on whom many calamities of life had befallen, but she leaned on to spirituality and the courage she drew from the Almighty which gave her the strength to conquer every obstacle that came her way.  At the end of it, a calm, serene, God fearing and a down-to-earth image is what I till date recall of my grandmother whom I admire and miss even to this day. 

My grandmother is undeniably a lady who is #madeofgreat just as Tata Motor that strives for the ideals of integrity, excellence and leadership in their own respective domains as it keeps marching onward towards conquering all odds and obstacles come what may. And I am very proud to be known as my grand mother's grand daughter in my village each time I visit my ancestral home.

Each time,when I am at the crossroads of life and am faced with dilemmas, problems or challenges - I remember my grandmother. I even remember the great icons mentioned in the aforementioned paragraphs and then it begins to dawn upon me that my problem is just a drop in the ocean...I guess it is from there that I derive the courage, strength and hope to rise up to the occasion and meet the challenges head on!  

Now, before I conclude this's a contest for you where one person will be rewarded for giving me the best answer to the question - 

What do you think of Tata Motors' association with Lionel Messi?

Send in your answers before the 23rd November in the comments section of this post and one of you might walk home with an amazing Amazon voucher! 

So get answering...


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  1. I believe both Lionel Messi and Tata Motors strive for excellence as they take a giant stride with each move of theirs. As one displays his prowess on the field while Tata Motors displays their marvel on the road with their engineering redefined with each new invention in the automobile industry. Thus I feel, having Lionel Messi on board gives Tata Motors an international appeal with a young, vibrant and talented sportsman on board as their brand ambassador. Welcome Lionel Messi...hope you roar like a lion and take Tata Motors to greater heights!

  2. When Lionel Messi a world phenomenon joins hands with a brand of par excellence as Tata Motors - they become a force to reckon with! And together they go on create ripples and become a phenomenon. In my view, they are a fantastic collaboration for a successful partnership in the future. Welcome aboard Lionel Messi and congratulations Tata Motors!

  3. Wonderful post! Lionel Messi is an inspiration as is Tata. With Tata Motors joining hand with Messi, you can expect it to take the centerstage in the world's podium of excellence in automobile where people will sit up and take notice of an Indian brand that is all set to conquer the hearts, minds and imagination worldwide. May force be with you. More power to you!

  4. Great post.

    Legends always meet legends and so TATA Motors came in association with Lionel Messi. Both deliver their best in the best of their potential and manner and are always keen on working hard and improve with each performance. Both have proved their mettle in their own fields and are known for the best in their performance grounds. Splendid and amazing, both them of them and even a great pleasure to see their association!

  5. Hi Sonaal,
    Indeed a nicely written post. I wish you good luck for the contest
    Here is my answer
    The association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi is that of two greats. Lionel Messi has been exceptionally talented who with his hard work, determination and sacrifices has got better and tougher in his chosen sport so is the Image, reputation and quality of TATA Motors that have transformed brilliant ideas into masterpieces of engineering and created a brand and products that we are so proud of as Indians. Lionel Messi has transformed his body and the mind body co-ordination into a masterpiece of precision and excellence it would not be wrong to say that Lionel Messi is the TATA Motors of sports where as TATA Motors is the Lionel Messi of vehicles both giants in their own spheres driven by the drive to excel and lead by example. So Lionel Messi is the best choice for becoming the brand Ambassador for TATA Motors

  6. Your post describes #madeofgreat so well that it has winner written all over it. Good luck for your entry.
    Here is my answer.
    Like minds think and act alike looking at the track record of TATA Motors it has stood the test of time and built a business that was built using bricks of hard work on a foundation of trust. Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the trademarks of brand TATA Motors. These same qualities are present in Lionel Messi who with his immense talent has made a mark for himself on the international football field .Facing all hardships he has worked hard toiling on the fields and in training sessions facing injuries and pressure to come out trumps and be a winner. Thus these two greats Lionel Messi and TATA Motors are made for each other .There association is a bond of two legends
    In case you pick me a winner my email id is :
    Fingers crossed :)

  7. Tata Motors' association with Lionel Messi spells a significantly notable alliance that will steer the company towards favourable benefits. I always acknowledge Tata Motors as a distinctive name in Auto industry, which will not let the success 'larger-than life' elude from its fate now with a timeless guild with iconic figure Messi. I don't see this union of Tata Motors as an aspirational effort for garnering some quick publicity and evoke specific reaction from myriad crowd with Celeb branding, but is rightly an embellished handshake for keeping up the pace to get to the pinnacle of success graph. To sum things up, I am joyous to see the brand and the star uniting for 'One in a Million' #madeofgreat power-packed drive ahead :)

    Shilpa Bindlish

  8. Your post defines #madeofgreat to the hilt. Goodluck for the contest
    My answer is:
    Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the pillars of strength on which TATA have built a brand that has put India on the global map. It is a brand that has stood the test of time just like Lionel Messi who tackles opposition on the field with his skill,agility,strategy,brilliance and raw power to reach and score a goal so has been the track record of TATA motors who has become a brand leader and a global giant. These qualities make TATA Motors and Lionel Messi perfect partners who stand for the same set of values thus Lionel Messi is the perfect brand ambassador to represent TATA Motors.
    Hope my best to be a winner here; do contact me for the prize at
    fingers crossed

  9. Dear Readers, This is just a reminder that the contest concluded on 23rd November. Just in case you missed the announcement, the winner is announced here - Congratulations!