Sunday, 15 November 2015

Foe to Friend!

Life is such a crazy ride. You go up a little and the downward spiral might be deeper than you have ever thought. It never gives what you wanted and what you have is not always yours.

Amid the chaos, while trying to steer a path for yourselves, you will meet some persons, who will act as a beacon of light to clear the grounds.

Some light up the way, and some accompany you, until you finally reach the destination. And some of the rarer form among them, will give you the light of hope you have always wanted.
Those people are one in a million, and, I am really happy to have met such a person.

We all have some funny incidents and eternal memories from our childhood. And most of it would have happened in our lovely school, where our greatest worry would be completing the home work everyday.

If someone had to ask me about who dominated my school life, my answer would mostly involve one person. The person who remains my greatest enemy till date, and, that person is the one who is undeniably made of great.

You might wonder whether I am going to talk about my enemy. Yes! Absolutely! I am going to talk about my enemy here!

"Know your enemy and know yourself, and you can fight hundred battles without a disaster" - Sun Tzu

School was the place where I stood first in everything. Our school had the practice of shuffling the students once in two years.

And I met him for the first time in my class 7.

It was sworn enemity at first sight.

But I later realised that, it was mixed with innocence. We were actually competing against each other for the position of the class topper.

We never talked to each other.
We never looked at each other.

We were the commander in generals of the opposite teams in the battlefield and the days passed with studying hard, harder and the hardest.

So, how does it make him great?

I am coming to it, but readers be warned, I might take my time.

After two years were over, we were in different schools in different places and never met again.

Years passed by, and, a person named Mark Zuckerberg co-created the Facebook, and the social networking was blooming, like the little rosy bud against the harsh snow.

It had many options to make a person lose half of his time, and, sometimes half of his sanity.

One day, on random clicking of 'likes', I saw his profile in the list of people I might know. Soon we became friends on Facebook.

We started with little chats and it soon progressed to wonderful interrogative sessions. And one fine day, we had become the best of friends!

Irony is such a sweet thing. Isn't it?

So, does being my best friend makes him great? I would love to say 'yes' to this very particular question, but as I do not like to brag about myself in public, I am going to give some valid reasons to prove it.

A best friend is someone who understands you even before you say something. He is someone like that. I don't have to worry about saying my worries to him,and about it being spread.

Trust is something which develops on its own, though some people try to nurture it out, when they haven't even sown the required seed for it.

Because of the trust I have in him, I never worry about saying anything to him. I don't have to fret about wasting his time. He finds time to calm my nerves and when I am lacking confidence, he gives the boost I need.

He not only does that for me, he does it for everyone. He is like a volunteer to cheer up everyone and, never ever have a negative thought entered his mind.

I used to call him 'the eternal optimist'.

On seeing him, I used to wonder a lot. How can a person stand tall with confidence even if he is facing a very tough situation!

The optimism in him is alone to make him gain other qualities, and by being the natural hard worker, he is taking his path towards success.

I have met many people in my life, who acted to be my friend and some people turned out to be traitors (yes! They do exist!) And some were so egocentrical, that even being a friend was a useless work for them.

So, in this wonderful world, full of such cowardly souls, I was lucky to have gained such a good friend.

Friendship is something which depends entirely on the persons involved. And by being the best friend ever, my arch enemy left me a lasting impression about life.

If not for him, we would have remained best 'enemies' ever and I am glad to accept that! My ego would have never allowed me to go beyond the casual 'hi' and 'bye', and he taught me to be friendly with everyone.

Whenever I lament anything about anyone, which I do a lot, he will tell me to think from their point of view and will say something, which is his usual saying, 'Everything that happens is for good'

Life is not an easy thing and sometimes when the path seems too narrow, take the road and do not be afraid to follow the light from the distant tower, guiding you in the correct way! I am glad to have a pure light guiding me in my way!

Read my other #madeofgreat post here

The readers, you get a chance to win a gift voucher worth Rs.750! Give an amazing answer to the following question and the best comment wins the voucher!

The question is 'What do you think of tata motors' association with Lionel Messi?'

Give your answers in the comments below and all the best!


  1. I am the first to comment, I see.
    It is wonderful how life made a friend out of a foe for you! It doesn't happen everyday, isn't it? Keep the friendship going!
    And, about what I think about tata motors association with Lionel Messi?
    I think roping him as a brand ambassador is great. I am a great fan of Messi and by having him as the ambassador, the brand value also increases a little. His fans will take a look at what the Tata Motors has to say! He is an embodiment of hardwork and people will have the impression that the same could be expected from Tata and overall I guess it is good for Tata!

    -Sanve Ram

  2. Nice post Vaishnavie! You are not posting frequently nowadays. Why so? Would be happy to read more! Regarding the answer for the contest question. Lionel Messi is one among the greatest in football. To become a great person in life, one has to cross the hurdles thrown across him. It wouldn't be easy. The same applies for Tata. It has slowly grown and branched into multiple fields. So, by having Messi as the brand ambassador, tata motors have chosen the right person to advertise it's values!

  3. I have been reading some of your posts on and off. It would be great if you write more short stories. Coming to the task at hand, my answer would be that Tata Motors should concentrate more on increasing their value by increasing their quality rather than trying to have famous brand ambassadors. People are going to buy their products based on the trust they have on the product, rather than the ambassador. That would be my opinion!


  4. The story of a Legend in himself – that’s how I will describe it in a short sentence. Very well written with words which enhance the simplicity yet greatness of the person. Salutations and very happy for you to have got inspired and bringing out your best in life.

    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 Voucher winning comment if you feel I described it all well.. :) Please remember to post it on the Indiblogger contest page today.

  5. 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

  6. 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 :
    Fingers crossed :)

  7. 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

  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.

  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

  10. Simple and succinct post, I am glad to have read it, 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,

  11. Friend is forever...esp. one who turns from foe to friend!

    My answer: Lionel Messi is one who has risen from his roots to the
    great, commanding position in soccer he holds today. He has made
    excellence his habit, and brilliance his being. He just does what he’s
    good at to the best of his ability, with humility and precision. His
    every kick, every move is a master-stroke, making millions sit up and
    take notice. Being great is not his goal or destination, but just the
    way he naturally is. The best part is that he’s constantly evolving to
    be better at his game through dedication and practice, how much ever
    great he may already be! All these characteristics also personify Tata
    Motors, which is constantly working to produce ever more sophisticated
    cars for the modern global denizen. Rising from being a small motors
    company, Tata Motors is today a huge global brand commanding respect
    and awe in every country. Its acquisition moves make the world sit up,
    while its humility and all-encompassing nature in assimilating
    different cultures and people is the ability even legendary brands are
    unable to master. Tata Motors and Lionel Messi undoubtedly are two
    greats, where one plus one do not make two but their energies combine
    to give a far superior synergy and result…like…a perfect 100! Great
    that this brand association has happened!


  12. The contest winner is Sanve Ram. Congrats!