Made of Great (Chance to win Amazon gift voucher)

I am sure everyone comes across that one person in life who has left a strong impact and impression in their lives which lasts forever till the moon. You might have met them for the first time for a little time or frequently and every time when you see them or talk to them you are always in awe of them.

Since childhood, I had many such people who influenced me and I would always see them as a role model, but as I grew old, these role models were in abundance and I was confused in life as to whom to follow. The word “role model” is an overstatement, and I realized it as I met real people who were truly and miraculously inspirational by the look and by their words and by their work. There is no such word like role model in my dictionary since. I mean what do you mean by role model, someone who has inspired many with their work and is good at heart? If we see all the actors and philanthropists, they might be your role model, but do you know how they are in real life? That’s why I don’t believe in such kind of business. I believe in someone I have met personally and every time I meet them I feel like meeting them again and again and I am in awe of their personality, work, nature or everything, for that matter, they are rare but they are the true inspiration and heroes according to me. Well! Again there are many people who inspire you in your day to day life, like your parents, your friends, your siblings and the list is endless. But someone who has left a lasting impression is someone who is made of great.

I had this teacher of mine in my high school, the strictest of teacher, but the sweetest too. Rarely used to talk, but with her vast knowledge and intelligence, would leave an impact on every student. I am sure my classmates or schoolmates, for that matter would agree too. Her name was Ma’am Vijjain (I don’t remember her full name). Always neatly dressed with stiff and properly ironed cotton saree, neatly braided hair, and big bindi on her forehead, she was always prim and proper till the end of the day. You would never see her look exhausted or tired. And her knowledge was vast. She was our geography teacher, and she would draw the world map on the black board without looking at the blackboard and just perfectly she would draw. That awed us. Other than that, ask her anything, she had an answer to the toughest of questions. I have never seen her smile in my whole school days, and never even seen her giggling too with her co-teachers. But she had an aura I must say, a divine aura, which made us like her even after she being strict, less talkative, less smiling and less punishing too. Yes! even though she was strict, she rarely punished us, because, I remember, we used to finish her homework first, not out of fright but out of respect. And if by chance we didn’t finish our homework, we had a valid reason of having a doubt on something. And she would sweetly clear all our doubts and just warn us to finish it next time. But that was not the reason we liked her, it was a respect which automatically grew as we grew and even today when I think about her, I feel proud of being her student.

Her vast knowledge left a lasting impact in my life, and I surely feel is a person made of great. The last time I met her, I was pleasantly surprised, when she had a wide smile on her face throughout and a proud feeling that her students still remember her and that happiness was evident on her face. And I as usual was in awe of her. I rarely visit my home town, and now I don’t know where she is or how she is, but I really want her to know that she has left an impact in all our lives and we love her till the moon.

I am writing this for Tata Motors #MadeofGreat campaign. Visit the site, and just answer a simple question, “What do you think of Tata Motors’ association with Lionel Messi? The best answer will get a chance to win an Amazon gift voucher worth Rs.750..

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21 thoughts on “Made of Great (Chance to win Amazon gift voucher)

  1. Very impressive narrative of a great teacher, illustratively penned. Kudos. Best wishes.

    As to question of Lionel Messi, I personally feel Tata motors have found a great person for their brand appraisal. They can be said to have hit the jackpot in their selection. No other choice could have done justice to their product.


  2. My expectation from a person is different from another. So one size fits all is never true in case of a role model. There were times when I could not connect to a person whom my friend so dearly elaborates upon highlighting his strengths and how he influenced her. To me, it is her narration to which I could not connect, so simply put it is an experience. We may have many who come and go at different phases of life. To have an role model is someone whom you can always look upon and can connect with you anytime no matter where you are, how you are and has had an impact on you.

    I strongly believe there is magic in Tata Motors, Messi combination that goes beyond just simple brand association to creating an impact that lasts a life time.



  3. The story of a Legend in herself – that’s how I will describe it in a short sentence. Very well written with words which enhance the simplicity yet greatness of the Lady.. Salutations..

    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 best if you feel I described it all well.. 🙂


  4. A very nice write up Swarna..
    And about the association of tata motors n Lionel Messi, both are the big names though associated with different fields but are the best to rely upon. Their association defines the quality, faith and trust which is hard to break.


  5. Excellent article and very well written Swarna…………………
    Tata Motors Choosing Messi as their brand ambassidor is “ultimate”…..I think they have already hit the jackpot with their choice….
    I think Messi is the right choice to pass on the company’s message about Reliability,Compitency,Durability and winning qualities of their vehicles….
    By the end of the day…Its a win -win choice for Tata Motors…



  6. This is a very sweet ode to your teacher Swarna.

    As for my thoughts on Tata Motors association with football great Lionel Messi, both are well established brands BOLTing ahead of competition which is an INDICAtion of their ZEST for reaching the upper echelons of success by exhibiting constant zeal from the word (INDI)GO!

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  7. A glowing tribute to a pedagogue is a matter of great honour and your post is a brilliant example of this.
    Two legends unite to form a formidable team to outshine and outperform vanquishing their opponents with aplomb and ease – the coming together of Tata and Messi is a cause for celebration as they true champs!


  8. Nice Post.. 🙂 Coming to the answer:

    Not all the man are reaching the peak in their life. Lionel Messi did it. Not all the companies are attracted by the customers. Tata motors did it. Lionel Messi stood up as youth icon whereas Tata motors stood up as world ranking in the automobile industry. So, how about the collaboration between them? Their match becomes so perfect. How many same characteristics they both share? Perseverance, hard work, simple, gentle and so on. Hence, their team is surely a winning one and both are #madeofgreat.

    Hema –


  9. 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.


  10. Hi Swarna,
    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


  11. 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.
    Hope my best to be a winner here; do contact me for the prize at
    fingers crossed


  12. Lovely post,all the best to you 🙂

    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,


  13. Inspiration,

    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!


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