Posted on November 15, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I have come across a number of people till now who have made an impression that has shaped me. There have been people who have stirred and shaken me by their largely wicked behaviour and yet at the same time, there have been some who have given me everything in terms of inspiration.

It all starts with my parents, my siblings, my wife and also my son and not to forget the in-laws. The list of people also has to include friends, colleagues, students and also unknown strangers who at some time or the other have shown me the true meaning of greatness. However, it would be narrow to restrict my choice to members of the family.

I was travelling on the train and since it was raining outside, the windows were closed. The fans were also switched off. I being on the middle berth felt uncomfortable and pushed the glass window up to check the status of the rain. As soon as I slid my palm out, the window fell on my palm with a thud and I felt excruciating pain and feared the worst. I went to the wash basin and under the light I saw the wound and blood was all over my clothes. I found the railway security personnel and asked for help but they expressed their inability to get the first aid box from the guard of the train in the night and that too in a ‘sensitive’ part of the track. I tied a wet handkerchief to stop the flow of the blood and just waited for the sun to rise.

In the morning, I gave a ring to a friend and narrated my plight.He promised to help even when situated hundreds of kilometres away. He rang me and gave me the number of his friend who was given the responsibility of doing the needful. The train was running late by more than two hours at I reached Sambalpur and I met this gentleman who had with him the first aid kit. He took me to the office of the Station Superintendent and I was met with a doctor. The doctor gave me a painkiller and examined the wound. He assured me about the bone of the finger not having sustained any damage. An antiseptic ointment was applied and a bandage covered the wound and I was asked to resume my journey. It was in the evening that I reached my place and went to a doctor who put stitches on the wound. In this case, there are two people who appeared great-one my friend and greater was his friend who was a complete stranger and yet crossed all boundaries when it came to extending help.

Many years ago, I went to a remote village during the time of elections. The team was put up in a school building. We had to cook our own food and we asked the villagers for utensils. A team member had with a battery light-torch that was purchased only a few days for the village had no electricity. As we were leaving the village after the polling, the team member decided to give away the new torch to a widow who lived near the school. It was  highly unlikely that those two people would ever meet again in life and yet the action was truly great.

But there is this one person who in my humble opinion is undeniably #madeofgreat as far as I am concerned. This gentleman comes from a family that is very closely associated with the history of my town. The surname is something that is recognised almost throughout the state of Odisha. Despite the lineage, he is always simple and humble. My first experience was when he was a colleague of my father and later as my teacher and finally as my colleague for a period of more than fifteen years. There have been many occasions when my family has been helped by the actions of this man when other alternatives did not exist.  It is not with respect to my family that he can be called great.

His greatness extended to all the colleagues. He extended a helping hand to anyone even when not being asked for. In the college, he shouldered many a responsibility without actually claiming any of the credit that he deserved. He once gave  his car to enable  a sick colleague go to a place over two hundred kilometres away for treatment.

Now after his superannuation, he is firmly into politics and is part of the municipality. Someday he hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father who was the Chairperson. The college has in the recent period  taken advantage of his new position.

There have been times when I did not agree with certain views and actions of this gentleman but that does not in any way influence my assessment of his greatness. It is not the money nor the fame or the popularity that motivates him to help others. It is just a part of his DNA that makes him truly great and a real inspiration.

I am not humble enough nor selfless enough to follow in the footsteps of this great man.

This is my effort as part of the great contest put up by Indiblogger and Tata Motors to highlight the remarkable collaboration between the incomparable Lionel Messi and Tata Motors. The collaboration between the great footballer and Tata Motors is found at            

In the end, I would like the readers of this post to answer the following question “What do you think of Tata Motors’ association with Lionel Messi?” The best answer given in the comments section of this post shall be rewarded with a gift voucher courtesy,


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The story of a Legend in himself – that’s how I will describe it in a short sentence. Very well written with words which enhance the simplicity yet greatness of the person. Salutations and very happy for you to have got inspired and bringing out your best in life.

My answer: Tata is a name which any and every person can rely on for its honesty, commitment and perseverance. Lionel Messi is a legend who has carved his name in history books with total dedication to the game, simple living and improvisation which is seen with each game he plays. The association of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi as their Brand Ambassador will definitely give an edge to the Tata group over its competitors solely because the brand Ambassador also holds the same reputation of not letting his fans down ever, like Tata Motors who have given the best to the world over the decades. Its an exemplary association par excellence.

You can choose my answer as the Voucher winning comment if you feel I described it all well.. 🙂 Please remember to post it on the Indiblogger contest page today as soon as you have 3 comments here..


Thanks for the comment. You have hit the right spot.This is probably the first time that TATA Motors has used some celeb to endorse. I am not sure how this will help to boost the flagging sales though!. I still require two more comments to be in a position to award the voucher. So both of us have to wait for more comments!


Dear friend
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


Thanks for the comment.It is only time that can tell how much of an impact the great Messi has on the sales of TATA Motors.


Your post defines #madeofgreat to the hilt.Very well written and interesting post indeed.
My Answer
Tata Motors is a brand that makes durable vehicles, with its MADE IN INDIA mark makes every Indian proud. It is a brand seen globally as Trusted, Reliable, Innovative and at the forefront of technology. In its journey since inception it has overcome all odds, competition, and adversities with grit and determination. These same qualities are associated with Lionel Messi who was very talented and hardworking from a very early age. With each game that he played he kept improving his skills and built a career to become one of the best player of professional football. There qualities make both TATA Motors and Lionel Messi giants who perfectly compliment each other and Lionel Messi the right and perfect Ambassador who stands for the same values that TATA Motors does.


Thanks for the nice words on my post. If anything, TATA Motors has always been Made in India, something that not many would like to give credit.


Yours is a very well written post your .Its is a very nice description of #madeofgreat
TATA Motors is a brand associated with performance, endurance and excellence. These words are also synonymous with Lionel Messi who plays as a forward and weaves his magic on the football field.Just as Lionel Messi is considered the best footballer in the world ,TATA motors which is Indias premier automotive manufacturer gives wheels to the people of India with its wide range of vehicles. Both believe in excelling in whatever they do and set examples for others to follow. They compliment each other as both are reliable trustworthy and leaders thus Lionel Messi is the natural choice as the brand ambassador of TATA Motors


Thanks for the views.


When it comes to impact and impacting millions of lives, Yes, we can see both Tata Motors and Lionel Messi being the pioneers here. While the very name Tata is enough to make us go back to all our history books where we have seen there hardly is a comparable name that has contributed so much to the society in such an ethical manner, the very name Messi conjures up images of a boy-man who has turned the world upside down with his talent, determination, discipline and never-give-up spirit. The compatibility between the values they both share is intense and that is the reason this partnership works perfectly.

With a concern for the society at large,everything that Tata has done has inspired us to dream big, conquer the world and pour all our energy back into the society to do good and inspire good. By facing his demons, Messi has done the same. He enjoys a God-like status in the world today because he dared to dream, achieved the sky and still hasn’t lost his humanity a bit. He is still a child at heart and he gives back with his multiple philanthropic activities just like Tata does!

Talk to any person in India, ask them about the companies they admire the most. Tata is right there at the top. This name is beyond bottomline, spreadsheets, return on investment and share price. It is equivalent to soul of India-soft, kind, diverse, dynamic, eternal. Just like that Messi has emerged as not just another football player but someone whose very life is an inspiration, whose personal struggles are a template for others to emulate and who has morphed into an eternal legend.

While it would take eons to write about what makes Tata Motors and Messi great, as their list of achievements is too long for us to even skim over, suffice to say that this partnership is for the ages. As they say, some things are made in heaven 🙂

Thank you for this opportunity.
-Richa Shailendra,


Thanks and your views make for a lovely read.


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