My Heroes

November 13, 2015 Motions and Emotions 10 Comments

Life is a journey ! Happiness and sadness, success and failure, rise and fall --are part of life. During this journey of life we come across lot of people. Some of them really leave their mark in our life rather we can say they inspire us and sometimes they are the reason behind our success.  In my childhood, Swami Vivekananda was my ideal person.  I have grown up reading his thoughts and a strong believer of his philosophy. He was the inspiration of my life. Not only me he is the Ideal of the Youth of our country.

As I moved ahead in life I met so many different types of people and realized that real heroes are very close to us but we just fail to recognize them. Apart from the iconic Swami Vivekananda, there are more people came in my life who has left their impression and motivated me. They are the real heroes whom I met and interacted. Their thoughts may not be quoted in books or their next door neighbour may not know them but in my mind they have made an iconic presence.

FEBRUARY 13, VISHAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA - Monument of Swami Vivekananda close to Ramakrishna mission.  Vivekananda (1863-1902) was the famous philosopher, preacher, wandering monk - stock photo
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If I rewind ten years and go back to my post graduation days there was an unknown person whom I just met for an hour, left an impression, hence today I am writing about him. I went to a remote village of Tamilnadu for my post-graduation project. There was good college where I stayed for almost two months for my project. Though the college was good but it was far away (almost an hour journey) from locality and railway station. The mode of transportation is private buses. On the day of return I have lot of luggage and scheduled train time was 7.30 am. I had to start early morning 5.30 am to catch the bus. It was winter so you can understand the situation. I was alone standing in front of college gate and waiting for the bus. After waiting for 15 minutes , a bus came but did not stop at all. So I was tensed because I have a reservation in train. After 10-15 minutes another bus came totally packed up and people are standing on stair cases. So already I left the hope, then I saw the bus crossed be and stopped 100 meters ahead. A person got down from that crowd and calling me. I just ran with my luggage but there was no place to climb.  As I did not know local language, with his gestures he said you get inside I will take care of your luggage. Somehow I got inside and that man standing on the last stair of the bus with my suitcase and bag. Finally, the bus reached at 7.10 am and I said thank you to the person and ran to catch the train as I had final semester exam after one day. I still feel I could not ask his name or could not spend time to know that real hero who was so kind and helped me to reach my destination on time without any expectations. From him I had learned little helping hand can make much difference in someone'e life.

Passenger bus and waiting traveler with luggage in front of city vector background
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Now this post would be incomplete I don't tell about this person here. Yes I am talking about my friend Sandeep. I went to Goa with my first corporate dream job. It was a marketing job based in headquarter. I had just started learning new things and I was introduced with Sandeep. Not only interaction with field force, I had to prepare lots of promotional agendas as part of marketing. Sandeep was a graphic designer and every marketing person in our office used to sit and design their own promotional materials. As usual my turn came, I sat with him and told frankly I don't know any ABCD of designing what instructions should I give it to you? He laughed and pointed towards the other marketing person and said "they also did not know any thing but they have learnt slowly. You try to visualize what you write and tell that to me I will design it because I do not know science I know only designing." Yes, it worked, just after few weeks I started giving him instructions about designing. He used to say, you will become a writer one day, that time I used to laugh in my mind because there is no connection between a microbiologist and a writer!! After I left Goa, coincidentally I joined a job of a medical writer in Bangalore and from last 3 years I am the owner of this blog. Frankly speaking I enjoy writing than working in a wet lab as a microbiologist or in a corporate house as a marketing person. He was the real inspiration in my life and he could understand my capability in writing and helped me to flourish my ability. Because of him I dream of my career as a writer. But he is not there to read my write ups, I really miss your guidance and inspiration, Sandeep. Though you are not present in this eternal world, I believe you are alive in my writing. You were really #madeofgreat Sandeep who has helped to transform my life from a microbiologist to a writer.

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  1. little helping hand can make much difference in someone'e life.
    Surely it helps a reminds me my B,ED college days....we used to travel with the help of boys ..from other near by colleges..they used to wall behind us..we on the top step and they as the protectors in the last step..Always the bus is full ...of ppl.
    Anyways nicely done article...keep writing and good luck..

  2. Hi Amrita, lovely post. I agree with you that small help can be remembered for years, we should learn a lesson with your post and try by all means to help others.

  3. Swami Vivekanand is the Legend in India whose remarkable footsteps are still followed by the people.
    Great write up

    My answer to the question is
    Tata Motors has gained the goodwill from giving the best and innovative Automobiles and it is also known as one the best Automobile Manufactures. And if you see the Lionel Messi , his throughout dedication, zeal , targeted goal of life and technically soundness make him big, achiever and remarkable position in the world.
    As per me, the association of Tata Motors and Messi is a grand amalgamation of two legendary entities of the world, and their amalgamation will definitely break down the clutters and affect the cut throat competition of Tata Motors. Tata motors will sure get a huge preference by the fans of Messi. This will sure make a record on the of Tata motors in the world of production or may be the highest selling automobiles.
    Tata motor’s main target is to give an impression on the large amount of crowd and this can be achieved only through the Messi, because the youth generation is crazy for MESSI and this can be smart move and a great achievement for Tata Motors they positioned MESSI as their BRAND AMBASSADOR .
    In the nutshell, Tata Motors , Messi joining hands will definitely give more soundness in technicality of promotional strategies and Messi’s influence will influence the audience for choosing Tata Motors and expand the business drastically.

  4. The story of a Legend in himself – that’s how I will describe it in a short sentence. Very well written with words and pics 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.

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  5. Hi Amrita
    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
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  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.
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  9. Your post defines #madeofgreat in an awesome manner.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.

  10. Thanks for this beautiful post,all the best :)

    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,


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