For my #madeofgreat story I choose a couple who are my distant relatives. I don’t want to name them because I didn’t take their permission to write this post. I have not seen them often and don’t know much about them – last time I saw them was in a marriage four years ago. But I keep hearing about them from common relatives.Β 

The first time I met the couple was during my primary years – they called us for their housewarming ceremony as we were nearby. When I went, I noticed their son moving around the house with ease, but he kept touching walls and other items while walking.

His mother was proudly telling us how he recognized every item on the shelf and would start questioning her if something was not in its usual place. He could easily move around the house without anyone’s help.

I came to know he was blind by birth.

Then we were not in touch with the family for a long time. Around the time I had started working, I came to know that the boy had won an award for Yoga, which he had been practicing from a young age. His mother had appointed a private tutor to train him.

That award was an All India-level award for proficiency in Yoga and he received the medal from none other than Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

More recently, about 3 years back, when I went to my grandmother’s house, I noticed a CD. On that CD, the boy’s photo was printed. When I asked about it to my grandmother, she told me that the CD contained devotional songs sung by the boy.

I came to know how multiple talents were nurtured in the boy by their parents, in spite of his situation. That confidence & positive attitude made me awe and respect them at the same time.

Imagine, how many of us lose all our hope and give up on life for (what we think are) difficult situations.

Not this #madeofgreat couple.

This blog post has been written for a contest hosted by indiBlogger and Tata Motors. Tata Motors have roped in Leonel Messi, the great football player, for this #madeofgreat brand building exercise. If you wish, you can comment on what you think about Tata Motors association with Leonel Messi.

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29 thoughts on “#madeofgreat

  1. Nice post highlighting the role of parents in bringing up a child. Many children today miss this due to working parents. As always learning begins at home.


  2. Wow thats quite inspiring post Rajesh. Nothing like getting a perfect parenting during the age it has to be given. Because parenting is the one that determines a child’s personality. Though there are other things like environment and hereditary, parenting stands out. Wonderfully written indeed! Enjoyed every bit of it.

  3. I salute these parents who are truely #madeofgreat
    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

  4. The kid is truly an inspiration for us. Many of us just give into the circumstances, very few stand up to them and even overcome the issues!

    I feel Messi can bring in loyalty to the Tata Motors’ brand…he is a down-to-earth person and likeable by many! His aura expands beyond the sport itself as is the reputation of Tata group, so it is a relationship of equals that they are getting into.
    I see it as a win-win for Messi and Tata Motors.

  5. 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.

  6. Of the thousands of thoughts moving around the Messi-Tata Motors association, here’s a new insight. Messi is also the ambassador for UNICEF for his noble deeds for the betterment of children across the globe. That’s something that truly touched me, more than the football legend in him. On the other side, our Tata Motors could think of making several Indian middle class dreams alive with their Nano. Definitely there’s a touch of humanity behind this. Their association sounds to me like humanity meets humanity!

  7. 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.

  8. 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
    Fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  9. 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

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