Hearty Talk: Proud to say My #madeofgreat is the Person of the Century


This is going to be a blog on someone who left a lasting impression on me, someone who is #madeofgreat virtues and values to create that Wow factor in me. Turn around and today we see celebrities in real and make believe world with people adoring them. But not all appeal to everyone and that is the science of human mind. One just cannot follow or appreciate anyone without the IMPACT. Here is one person who has made it into many hearts and minds in his own way, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, an undeniable #madeofgreat man who preached and lived his life as an example. To everyone who shed tears on his death, he made an impact in their own way. He proved he is the man to follow in all his activities before death and after too. To me, he meant more than an icon, an irreparable loss of a fatherly figure, philosopher and guide.

It was a time in my life when everything seemed to go amiss and awry. Mere existence turned out to be a burden. It was easy to get into a depression and call the world a misery. My efforts to change were half hearted and were slowly losing its impact. In one of the routine acts of giving attendance to a talk in IIT Madras, I met him. Till then, to me, Dr. Kalam was a person behind Pokhran and a scientist, a Who’s Who person in the eminent personalities list of India. A source of inspiration and a person capable of influencing anyone with his honest and caring talk, it was not surprising that he created an impact on me. He said ‘Suffering is the essence of Success’. It was nothing new, it is something that we have encountered as a proverb right from our school days, ‘Failure is the first step to Success’ but when he said it, it was different. It gave me an instant connect and made me believe that there is someone who understands what suffering is all about and has experienced it, got over it to be standing here with success following him. Suddenly Dr. Kalam was no more a picture or someone I read in newspapers. He was in all everything in flesh and blood, reachable and a source of confidence that everyone would love to have in their life.

I began following Dr. Kalam and would never leave any of his talks and each one made me get better in life. This statement may sound simple but not in real life. Google Dr. Kalam and you will get pages and pages of his quotes. So here I want to write one of his famous quotes that made a great impact on me and would make sense to everyone–

If you fail, never give up because F.A.I.L. means “First Attempt In Learning”

End is not the end, if fact E.N.D. means “Effort Never Dies”

If you get No as an answer, remember N.O. means “Next Opportunity”

So Let’s be positive.


Dr. Kalam proved he is the person worth believing in and gave back much more to people who trusted him. He touched  hearts with his sincerity and commitment to make a difference and bring about a change in their lives. To me, he has made my life worth living. Miss you Dearest Dr. Kalam. Thanks to Tata Motors for giving this opportunity to write about Dr. Kalam.

Tata Motors is committed to ‘Seeking Excel20151103_Lionel_Messi_article_main_imagelence’ and ‘Self Belief’ and has brought in Lionel Messi as its Global Ambassador known for his trustworthiness, reliability, pioneering spirit, and simplicity. I am sure many of us have words to talk on Dr. Kalam and also on Tata Motors association with Lionel Messi. Do share your thoughts here; best comment has a prize of Rs. 750 Amazon voucher.

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Posted on November 15, 2015, in Editors Corner and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. The story of a Legend in himself – that’s how I will describe it in a short sentence. Very well written with snaps which enhance the simplicity yet greatness of the man.

    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.. 🙂

  2. Very awe inspiring write up indeed. Kudos. About the question of association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi, I am can only say that Tata Motors is damn lucky to have his patronage.

  3. This partnership is an excellent one because of the striking similarities between Messi and the Tata group.
    Both are the embodiment of hard work in their respective fields. It took Messi 17 years of practice to become a media sensation. Tata group had to face various challenges from British rule to establish a foothold in various sectors.
    Also, loyalty is something that is very much in common between them. Messi has been a one-club man ever since he went professional. His commitment towards Barcelona is unchallenged and it’s very likely that he will play there until retirement. Similarly, Tata group has not forgot its roots despite the globalization. They work primarily from India and contribute to the development of India through various activities.

  4. This partnership is an excellent one because of the striking similarities between Messi and the Tata group.

    Both are the embodiment of hard work in their respective fields. It took Messi 17 years of practice to become a media sensation. Tata group had to face various challenges from British rule to establish a foothold in various sectors.

    Also, loyalty is something that is very much in common between them. Messi has been a one-club man ever since he went professional. His commitment towards Barcelona is unchallenged and it’s very likely that he will play there until retirement. Similarly, Tata group has not forgot its roots despite the globalization. They work primarily from India and contribute to the development of India through various activities.

    Hence, the association of Tata group with Lionel Messi makes sense.

  5. Hard work and integrity backed by constant innovation to stay in the game and yet ahead of the curve…..that’s what is common between Lionel Messi and Tata motors, both being stalwarts in their domains !!

  6. A very inspiring post Katie…have the same giveaway on my blog and wud love to know ur take on the same …..plz do participate !!

  7. Katie…. What an eulogy to a luminary, a visionary, a modern day mahatma who walked the talk…! Mazel Tov to your post!
    Two celebrated big leaguers who have powered their way into the global arena – Messi and Tata motors, an amalgamation of form and competence!

  8. Very inspiring post. A story of a simple yet GREAT man.
    Wings of Fire is my favorite autobiography.
    Lionel Messi and Tata Motors association worked hard in their own way to attain goals to leave an impact globally.

  9. I still remember the news channels as they reported his passing earlier this year, and that till the very end he was engaged in enlightening young minds. Hats off to the one and only People’s President.
    Appreciate you for writing about him Katie.

    As for my thoughts on Tata Motors association with football great Lionel Messi, I strongly feel these are two greats in their own ‘field’, ready to take on the ‘challengers’ and hit their the ‘goals’ without taking their eye off the ball.

  10. Dear Katie, I have read so much about Dr. Abdul Kalam. We at ‘Saamana’ had organised ‘Career 2004″ seminar and he was the Chief-guest. Due to my ill-health I could not attend the seminar where , I was in the OC. Today after reading your post #madeofgreat I realized , how much I missed. You have summed up the great legend Dr. Abdul Kalam in great detail. Thanks a lot for this #madeofgreat post about DR. Abdul Kalam , who was the Most Excellent President we ever had. You are so lucky to meet him in person and learn from him.

    Tata Motors’ association with Lionel Messi’s is greatly inspiring for us Indians in particular as they both represent Excellence , Discipline , Trust , Passion , Togetherness for Human ascent , Unity for Social Empowerment.

  11. He indeed is legendary. Someone to look up to.

    To answer the question… both Tata Motors and Lionel Messi have built a solid reputation. This foundation is built on the sheer perseverance and self belief and the ability to not resting till they achieve what they had planned to. And once they reach that stage… its so easy for both to say Veni Vidi Vici and then move on…to higher and more difficult to achieve aims. They both have set very high standards, and if anyone does want to surpass them they’ll have to work very hard indeed.
    Cheers to greatness. – See more at: http://baketitude.blogspot.in/2015/11/following-in-your-footsteps.html

  12. Poonam (StirYourSouls)

    You’ve written about a true visionary, Katie. And, penned very well.

    He is the one whom I too, had the good fortune of interacting with, in person. You could read about the same on my blog too – http://stiryoursouls.blogspot.in/2015/07/an-evening-with-missile-man-of-india.html

    As for the expression of views towards the question, I would like to answer through a stanza or two of verse:

    ‘What drives us from within is what makes us great’
    Belief in oneself, the zeal to put up a brave face,
    In the face of adversity, to stand strong against fate,
    That’s how life is – it’s an excellent goal to chase!

    To create a name for oneself, from the soil your feet dampen,
    To let critics enhance your effort, not let your spirits dampen,
    It’s the journey that counts, more than having scaled the peak,
    To persevere so that it’s your actions that have the loudest shriek!

    To sum up, I feel that this age-old adage rings true whenever I think of this beautiful alliance of an Indian Global Brand – Tata Motors and a Global Argentinian Sportsperson – Lionel Messi

    “Our Similarities bring us to a common ground; Our Differences allow us to be fascinated”

    That realization is truly #madeofgreat. 🙂

  13. Inspiring post on an undeniably made of great personality.
    Tata and Messi, they both are consistent and committed in what they do. So the duo is kind of perfect.
    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A Rat’s​ ​Nibble

  14. He’s been an inspiration by his simplicity too. I’ve visited his home in Rameshwaram and it was something that I just couldn’t believe – a true reflection of ‘simple living and high thinking’. Wonderfully written, Katie. Thanks to this campaign that I am discovering several blogs. In spite of your name being familiar at Indi forum and we being bloggers from the same city, this is my first visit here 🙂

    The less known side of Messi is having been selected as the goodwill ambassador by UNICEF for supporting lives of children across the globe. Not only a soccer legend but also a wonderful human by virtue, Messi, deserves to be adorned as a ‘made of great’ person.
    Tata Motors has brought several dreams of middle class citizens alive with their cheapest car in the world, Nano. Behind Nano’s making, there was certainly a touch of humanity. Now imagine the association of these two brands! I believe, with what drives them from within, as individuals, they are sure to create something great for the future of the world. Not to exaggerate, but Messi’s words during the event, “Namaste India” has certainly rang a new moment in the history of India!

    Nandhini Chandrasekaran

  15. Souls like Dr.Kalam are far and few. He shall live through his words and deeds forever. Well-written Katie.
    As far as Tata and Messi are concerned, I just have one thing to say, when Durability meets Excellence, the only way is ‘Forward’!

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

    Not all the man are reaching the peak in life. Lionel Messi did it. Not all the companies are attracted by the customers. Tata motors achieved it. So, how about the collaboration between them? Their match becomes so perfect. How many same characteristics? Perseverance, hard work, simple, gentle and so on. Hence, they both are #madeofgreat.

  17. Missile Man is the legend and the young youth must learn from him. Must read about him to get the positive thoughts and inspiration how to live a life and how to set the goals in life.
    You opt a great example of #MadeofGreat

    My answer :

    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.

  18. Hi Katie,
    Hello from Navi Mumbai. Inspiring post and the perfect personality for #MadeofGreat topic.

    Tata Motors is popular brand in Indian auto industry. They have proved for decades that only Indians know what is best for Indian roads. I could see that there will be tremendous growth in popularity of brand with the association of legend Messi .

  19. Hi Bhawna,

    Nice to see you here. Thanks for the comment.


  20. Sir APJ Kalam was a legend. He was someone who has inspired millions during his lifetime. So many lives he touched, so many souls he reformed and so many youths he taught to dream.

    “Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.” This was the quote which has got me sail through a lot of tough times in my life, has motivated me time and gain to pursue my goals in life irrespective of all the challenges that lie ahead of me. He is the man people follow in all his activities before his death and even now as well. It was on 27th of July when I turned on the TV to see that our beloved ex-President is no more,I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was hard for me to accept the fact that someone whom the whole world admired so much is no more. It was the child in me who became sad on hearing that the Pride of our nation is no more.

    His sincerity and commitment towards bringing change in India and setting up the vision was unparalleled. He was a man with a superhuman persona. May this person of century remain in heart of every Indian forever.


    My answer to your question: The person you choose to write about for #madeofgreat campaign is the perfect choice in my opinion. So is the association of Messi with Tata Motors, because both of them are committed to deliver 100 percent every single time. These two are behemoth brands which have dedicated themselves to perfection in their respective fields for years and years now.

    It is no coincidence that Messi himself drives a range rover which is a product of Tata Motors now. The brand has been known for its trustworthiness, simplicity, durability and reliability for decades now, A tie-up with legend like Messi whose commitment to his team and ability to deliver whatever is necessary every single time will take the value and goodwill which company has developed since 1945 to a whole new level of awesomeness. The fact that it took 16 months of efforts to get Messi in the driver’s seat says a lot about how difficult it is to chase world’s most gifted footballer. Hoping to see this association foster into a long term relationship.

    It was a pleasure reading your thoughts Katie,hoping to have more of them on my platter soon. Cheers !!!!

  21. Thanks for sharing those wonderful quotes of APJ Kalaam sir, I will share it with my kids, I guess inspiration and Dr.Kalaam are almost synonymous and so is the brand Tata that thuds in every Indian heart because it brings a connection of ease amongst all those who believe in hard work and self motivation as quickly and as swiftly as Messi’s robust strikes of success!

  22. 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

  23. 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
    In case you pick me a winner my email id is : princess09hema@gmail.com
    Fingers crossed 🙂

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