They Are Unknown, But They Are #madeofgreat

It is true that greatness is not a mundane thing to find here and there. It is like diamonds shining even in the darkness. Greatness shows itself up even in adversity and I believe, more so. Actually, no man is born great, it’s the challenges that he faces in the course of life and the way he deals with it, make him great. It’s the vision of an ordinary man that makes him great.

All of us know of great persons like Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, and many others. They are unparalleled. Today, I’m not speaking of such well-known figures, but a few which I’ve confronted with in my life. Very obscure and unknown maybe they are to the world, but the way their personae have revealed to me in different turns of life, have proved their greatness to me.

Every day when I return from my office, I stop at the local grocery shop for buying a packet of chips or a bottle of fruit juice for our neighbor’s little boy. The cute kid is absolutely adorable and, very fond of me. His face glows every time I hand him over his favorite things. Since the last month, I  noticed a boy aged about 15 years working as a helping hand at the mentioned grocery shop. He is quite smart, attentive and, always ready to help the customers with a smile on his face. But it takes him great pain to walk, he is physically handicapped. One of his legs is as thin as a stick.  The shop remains busy throughout the day and, I guess, he seldom finds any time to relax.

Last Sunday, I went to buy some groceries for my mother and, as it was a holiday, there were only a few customers at the shop. The boy gave me a smile of recognition and asked, “Kya chahiye bhaiya? Chips ya juice?”. I smiled back and handed him the list of groceries. The owner of the shop was not present, (perhaps he is off on Sundays) but the boy meticulously collected all the things from different shelves rightly. He asked me twice for clarification as the name of a couple of items were written in English. There was no other customer in the shop at that time and, suddenly I felt curious about him. I asked him about his leg and he told me that according to his mother, he was like this from his birth. I asked him why he was working at the shop instead of going to school. What he said, melted my heart. He said his mother and two sisters have no proper place to live. They spend their nights on footpaths. Their father has left them and married someone else. His sisters are growing up quickly and, he feels that with every passing day, it’s becoming more and more unsafe for them to live on footpaths. He wants to give them a decent place to live. That’s why he is working day and night. The owner is a gentleman and offers him a decent amount as a salary. He has also promised to provide him some loan.

Now, you can say that there is no greatness in it. Every 9 out of 10 people want to give their family a better life. But a fifteen-year-old boy? A handicapped one who could easily have washed his hands off from all the responsibilities? This definitely needs a heart #madeofgreat.
I salute this boy for his confidence and determination. His taught me that strength of mind always is greater than physical strength.

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I lived and worked in Bangalore for two years. The security person in my apartment was an elderly man. He used to smile at me every day as I passed through the main entrance. I never paid any heed to his gesture, just a little nod and smiling back sometimes, that was what I used to do. He was no more than any other ordinary man to me until that evening when he came up to my flat and asked very humbly that whether I could a little favor to him. I was quite taken aback and immediately thought that he might have come for some money. Quite annoyed, still I asked him what did he want. He said that he wanted me to write an email to one of his sons who just had gone abroad.

Now, that was quite intriguing to me.
– Your son? I asked.
– Yes. His face glowed.

I sat down and he handed me the email address written in a piece of paper. As I was writing according to his instruction, I asked him,”how many children do you have?”

“Three girls and three boys”

I was quite astonished. This man is managing with SIX children. Quite amazing. But I didn’t say a word and after I finished, he thanked me profusely and went away.

After a few days, I was talking with one of my colleagues who happened to live in the same place. I told him humorously about the man who was managing with six children. With utter bewilderment, he informed me that the man was not even married and had been working in the apartment for the past 20 years!

I felt like being cheated.

Next morning, I faced him and asked him straight away about why he lied to me. He looked visibly ashamed and in a very humble tone, said:

“Sahabji, they are not my own children, but I consider them so. They are orphans and live in an NGO. I’ve decided to take care of all their needs and education (read sponsor) since they were very young. One of them has just completed his engineering and got a job abroad. You wrote to him the other day. I didn’t marry because no girl wanted to marry a person with such a burden”. He smiled and stopped.

I literally had no words for him. I didn’t know how to pay regard to such a person who had devoted all his life for such a cause.

I learnt a lesson of life. Actions speak louder than words and you are always capable of doing more than you envisage.

This is what, to me, is greatness. A pure heart #madeofgreat.

(I wanted to post a picture of Mr. Prasad, the security person, and, asked for his permission over the phone. He very mildly said, “Na Sahebji, don’t try to make me famous, I don’t deserve this, please”)

Learn more about great idols  who are #madeofgreat at madeofgreat.tatamotors

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20 thoughts on “They Are Unknown, But They Are #madeofgreat”

  1. I think the boy at the grocery shop deserves some praise…he is definitely doing a great deal for his family.

    I too found a similar person in Noida long back who was driving a rickshaw with his only leg, only to support his sisters’ marriage!

    I feel Tata Motor’s association with Messi will be a fruitful one as Messi is an inspiration to many being a very humble guy, and this will bring a strong brand association among the customers on Tata.

      1. Hey Alok, Actually this blog is a joint collaboration of my sis and myself. My sis is busy nowadays with her newborn angel so most of the times it’s me who keep on scribbling. I’m Anil and my sister is Pinky.

  2. I think such people, as you’ve mentioned, truly deserve an applause. They are working on their own to make their dreams come true. As for Mr.Prasad, he has really a great heart. If only more people could think of to care of poor children in this way, the world would be a much better place… 🙂 Well-written..all the best… 🙂

    As for my thoughts on the TataMotors-Messi association, I think both are unparalleled in their respective fields. Messi has such a form…his moves..his tackle..his determination to be victorious…all these have made him a perfect player in every respect. He is dependable and trustworthy in a football match, He is a winner. Similarly, Tata Motors has changed the scenario of the car industry in this country. They have innovated cars for every need and for people from every stratum of the society. They are dependable on the roads, their cars bringing smiles to a million faces, just as Messi’s victory brings a smile to his fans. Tata Motors and Messi- just perfect bond!

  3. Hi Anil, thanks for letting me know about your blog through facebook.

    The stories of common men often get unnoticed and no one shows any interest to their struggle. Kudos to you for bringing up such stories through your writing. My working with many such organizations who look after and take care of orphans and children has taught me one thing clearly, that there are very few good persons on earth who really come forward to take care of such kids. My heartfelt thanks to the person you mentioned.

    Have heard about Tata Motors collaboration with Messi as their ambassador. There’s a lot of enthusiasm around the news. This is really great to know that such world famous legendary person is working with a legendary company like Tata Motors. We all know about Jamshedji Tata, the person who single-handedly established an empire we look at still with absolute reverence. Tata is a name of trust, their credibility is beyond doubt. Messi is a name in football revered by all. He is the perfect choice to become an ambassador of Tata Motors, a brand we depend upon.

      1. My heart melted reading about the poor boy striving to get a home for his family! May his dream come true. Thank you for penning down the stories of people less known but with big hearts. 🙂

  4. I know a person who has dedicated his life tutoring the children of blind school. He does it for free and his wife also helps him when she gets time. There are many such personalities around as who deserve mention. I admire the determination of the boy who is working for the betterment of his life and his family.

    Lionel Messi and Tata Motors- sounds really good. Both are dependable and hard working and have enormous popularity. I think this amalgamation shall bring good to both.

  5. The boy at the store prompts me to stop and think that greatness can be found anywhere and we just need to look around …
    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
    aaloke19@gmail.com

  6. A wonderfully humane story, actions do speak louder than words 🙂

    Hope you like my thoughts too!

    Inspiration,
    Dedication,
    Discipline,
    Commitment,
    Trust,
    Loyalty,
    Excellence,
    Legacy,
    Immortality.

    These are not mere words but a part of our soul. Not just the ones that we carry around in our individual bodies but that supreme soul that binds us all together in this universe. That is why we teach our children values and morals so that these little pockets of our souls do not die away. But when we look around at our modern day lifestyle and society,it leaves a lot to be desired, right? Wrong 🙂 I would say,as long as we have even 1 shred of humanity left,there is a ray of sunshine and that is what we see here.

    I am inspired by your story just as I am inspired by the stories of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. As I said above about humanity and ray of sunshine, it is very few icons left in this world who make me feel that way. Both Tata and Messi definitely make it to this short list.

    When we talk about Tata Motors,we talk about the pride that every Indian feels because this is our truly global brand, a brand with a soul, with every product made to help us fly. This is a corporate behemoth that has not amassed its fortunes at the cost of the little man but by being a part of the very grassroots. The legacy of excellence and giving back to the society selflessly is so ingrained in Tata DNA that it has become part of folklore. Even today,in any Indian home, the moment a son/daughter gains employment in a Tata company, nobody talks about salary or CTC, they just thank their lucky stars that they are a part of Tata family. The very soul of India resides in Tata. Tata Motors has taken these very same values global, making Indians proud of what they represent. ‘Look,we represent excellence, with a dollop of old world values, with love and respect’ !

    When we look at Messi, we see a boy with dreams in his eyes and a man who has put everything he had in making them come true, and he did! With singleminded focus,dedication and hardwork, he has managed to outdo every obstacle he faced since his birth personally, healthwise and family financial situation wise. Every obstacle became just another step for him to grow and reach up the sky. And still, every time he walks out on the field, he plays with the same agility, alarcity and a a hunger to prove himself as if it is his first game! He hasn’t achieved his demi-God status without superhuman efforts.

    When these two demi-Gods of their respective fields come together, there are bound to be fireworks and that is exactly what it is! Purely from a corporate point of view, there are rare instances when we see such a perfect fit form. It can be called a divine sign that a symbol of vibrancy and dynamism like no other has taken shape with the partnership of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. More than a mere advertising gambit,it is an amalgamation of those perhaps ‘lost’ values that the world needs more of,now more than ever. Maybe the Gods are finally happy!

    Prajakta Sinha
    sinpra11@gmail.com

  7. Absolutely amazing 🙂 Here are my thoughts on the given topic- 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, lovelyricha1@gmail.com

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