Sunday, November 22, 2015

Keep Moving!

There is no dearth of inspiring people in life. One doesn’t find them only on the cover of the Iconic Times magazine or in Forbes list; if you look around, such people are everywhere and you will often bump into one and realize that she/he is indeed #madeofgreat.

One of my college friends was very interested in astrology esp Indian Astrology. He wanted to study this subject for professional purposes but as usual, his family wanted him to be an executive in a reputed MNC so despite his pleadings, he was just not allowed to enroll even for a correspondence course on Vedic Astrology and was rather excoriated by his parents for wasting his precious time in these things. He discussed the things with me casually one day and I realized how badly he wanted to learn the nuances of Vedic Astrology. We all have such choices: one wants to learn a particular dance form, other wishes to learn some musical instrument, someone else wishes to open a beauty salon and there is no dearth of hobbies that we would happily like to pursue and take up as mainstream career. However, practical considerations often crush such hobbies and we ourselves forget to pay attention to our natural talents and inclinations. My friend, I am discussing about really inspired me because along with MBA and later a job, he persisted in studying the subject all by himself. Through free online resources, books and CDs he became well versed with birth charts and other things that constitute Vedic Astrology. Now, he can make and read birth-charts to a nice accuracy.

I too, had this peculiar interest in portrait sketching but it was ignored and other practical things took the centre stage. Inspired by him, as he would tell me, “ move an inch everyday but remember, do move”, I began to draw portraits almost every week and sometimes a few times a week. I kept practicing just like him and in 2013, one of my pencil sketches appeared on the cover of a book! That was a great moment. He only inspired me to keep moving with a side hobby and passion and not to ignore my natural inclinations. So I would say that when most of us, despite having all the resources at our disposal, quit easily, he did not and that is what proves that he is indeed inspiring and is #madeofgreat.

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  1. Like they say, life gives you what you bring to the game of life.

  2. Hey Ankita nice article. I think the association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi will be beneficial to Tata Motors as Messi is a star player. He is a youth icon and a great person too. Anyway really a nice article Ankita, All the best.
    - Swapnil Chitnis (swapnilchitnis008@gmail.com)

  3. Nice article. Definitely Tata Motors wants to increase their reputation in the world. Messi will help them as he is the star player of Football.

  4. A very inspiring post Ankita, for I also believe that life must never be stagnant. We must keep moving, it is very necessary.
    Tata is a brand that we all trust from the very core of our hearts and Tata Motors, just like their vehicles, is a brand that reflects sturdiness, reliability and performance that is, all the qualities that make up the great football legend Lionel Messi. I feel that is why, both the titans- one of branding and the other of Football complement each other perfectly and their association is magical!

  5. Very nice post, Ankita. It’s great to hear that you re pursuing your interest i.e portrait sketching. I have seen many parents put pressure on their children to pursue careers like engineering, medicine etc. Most of the people fall for it whereas some people always follow their passion and love what they do. However, I was very luck in this matter as my parents always supported me in all my decisions.

    Regarding the association of Tata Motors and Messi, I would say the giants in their respective areas/fields have come together. Their association would definitely last for many more years to come and will definitely help Tata Motors position themselves as one of the most and leading brands across the globe.

  6. 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

  7. 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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  8. 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.
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  9. 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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  10. very nice post. truly inspiring.

  11. Talk about meeting the right people at the right time. He's right. You're right. Don't quit. One step at a time. Lovely post. So inspirational. Thank you.

  12. 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

  13. Absolutely inspirational is how I would describe it,simply loved the way you described the ebb and flow of life! I hope you like my thoughts too :)


    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

  14. Inspirational indeed!

    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

  15. Nicely written Ankita. A small move can really make a great difference. Keep moving. :)

    ‘What drives us from within is what makes us great’, This is the founding principle behind the overall brand association between Argentinian Football Maestro Lionel Messi and Automobile Giant Tata Motors. The overall #madeofgreat campaign is made upon a clear cut vision of seeking excellence along with self-belief.

    Tata Motors and Lionel Messi, both are the ones people look up to get inspired. Lionel Messi is an amazingly renowned player with huge fan following across the world While Tata Motors is an Indian company which has achieved global distinction in past decades and appeals as a company with immense potential. Tata Motors stands at a path defining phase of its evolution story with some overwhelming produts planned in future. Lionel Messi with a global appeal complements Tata Motors.

    Thus the association is truly #madeofgreat. Legend and Talent have come together to make a truly fantastic combination. The collaboration will be a win-win for both.

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  16. He sounds interesting and inspiring! Great post and do keep sketching :)