Millennial pens short memoir of life with Ratan Tata – books


A new book talks approximately an unusual bond between a millennial and Ratan Tata, who turned 83 on Monday, giving glimpses of the legendary entrepreneur in warm light.

Tata, who writes a note in the book “I Came Upon a Lighthouse”, says a shared concern for the welfare of the homeless, hungry, ill-treated and deserted dogs and cats brought him and the writer Shantanu Naidu together.

It used to be their shared empathy for homeless dogs that sparked an unlikely friendship. In 2014, Naidu, an automobile design engineer in his early 20s, developed an innovation to save the native strays from being run over by speeding cars.

Tata, himself known for his compassion for stray dogs, took note. Impressed, he not only determined to invest in the venture, but over time became a mentor, boss and an all of a sudden dear friend to Naidu, inspiring new ventures and learnings.

“He (Naidu) and his young friends had been bootstrapping a small start-up in Pune to feed, deal with and find homes for these bad animals. He earned recognition when they made reflective collars, based solely on ardour and kindness for animals.

“Knowing my love for dogs, he wrote to my office, not even expecting a response. I used to be impressed by what they had done and the compassion that Shantanu and the college kids had shown by making an investment their personal time and resources. I determined to invest in his start-up, and they received not just fortify but also encouragement to grow it through personal involvement,” Tata writes.

The book, published by HarperCollins India, has illustrations by Sanjana Desai.

“I told him (Tata) that when I write a book, I would write approximately another side of him and not just historic events or commerce milestones. I would write approximately us and our adventures together, and how I saw him, colours and shades of him unknown to the world,” says Naidu.

According to Naidu, Tata taught him things, in the easiest way conceivable: by example.

“How much you’ll memorize from someone like Ratan Tata is less approximately him handing out life lessons and more approximately how attentively you observe and listen,” he writes in the book that will release in January.

Naidu says he wanted to show how genuine and wholesome intergenerational friendships may also be.

“The thought at the back of this book has all the time been that of sharing the privilege of knowing Mr Tata personally with the larger community of his many admirers who only realize him through news reports. There are shades of him other than that of a humble businessman which I have tried my best to capture in this light-hearted a story,” he says.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

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