#madeofgreat – The Lasting Impressions

When someone says #madeofgreat, a lot of images flash over my head and I wonder which one would be the best fit here. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and more importantly to be influenced by their thoughts and outlook of life. And I believe it is one of the greatest gifts I have got and proud to have them as a part of my life.

And as I write this post today for the Tata Made Of Great  prompt, I wonder who I can write about and at the same time can’t help but feel incredibly lucky that I have met some amazing people in my life. And the one I am going to write about today is my namesake, the one person who I always seek counsel with, someone who has always shaped me and helped me look at my life a little better, from the bigger picture. His Name – Vinay Kumar.

Our introduction started in 2009 when we both got an interview call from the Indian Administrative Services for clearing the IAS exams. I was this incredibly proud, haughty kid who had all airs about him of having cleared the mains in my first attempt. He was the complete opposite, an extremely humble guy and me being the usual self was a little condescending. Friendship grew with a common goal and we both went to the interview. Unfortunately neither of us made it through,but looking back now – it was one of the key requirements for both of our lives.

Our lives took different turns, I went on to work on an entrepreneurship idea while Vinay continued his study. His stint with study continues even today as three years ago he started his venture – insightsonindia.com which is now one of the most popular upsc exam preparation websites in India and his mock test papers have had the best response I could have ever imagined. I have been privileged to know his journey from the start, what motivated him and how he held himself through the process. A few take aways for me and what according to me makes his #madeofgreat.

I love his resilience and the way he responds to a situation. He always seems to have the BIG PICTURE view and nothing really seems to rattle him. His attitude is one of his biggest strengths and it shows all through. The care he has for people around him is so obvious and almost very infectious too. I have seen a lot of people in business and a lot of them in customer service who claim that they care about people and they believe in making people happy. I have never heard this guy say that – but he does it, very consciously, he has always been there for people he cares and for the work he does. The hard work, perseverance are always the talked things about success in life and I have seen it in function. But what strikes me the most is the attitude, cos as we grow up we realize that life throws a lot of things at us and how we take it, how we respond to it matters a lot. And that response makes all the difference in the world.

And that according to me defines the #madeofgreat or not!

11 Responses to "#madeofgreat – The Lasting Impressions"

  1. very interesting. I am a regular follower of both inspire99 and insightsofindia for two different reasons. Thanks for both of you to continue to inspire me 🙂

  2. Wonderful piece Vinay. This article made me think of my #madeofgreat whom I visited in SSB interview. I will write about it. I think UPSC exam preparation is itself an amazing experience Vinay. I almost spent a year preparing for the exams, didnt clear though but learned a lot during the process. It has transformed my life. You made me emotional man.

  3. In this self centric egocentric world, it was lovely to read about your good friend who cares for others and that is indeed a rare quality to find …Abou Ben Adam..may his tribe increase!

  4. The story of a Legend in himself – that’s how I will describe it in a short sentence. Very well written with the pics which enhances the simplicity yet greatness of the Man..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 best if you feel I described it all well.. 🙂

  5. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder · Edit

    Hard work always pays. Even I studied hard for the UPSC but like Gowthama, couldn’t make it. But, yes, I learnt a lot and also the fact that winning is not everything. Of course, I was not this much philosophical when the incident actually happened, but later I assessed different aspects and, came to the conclusion.

  6. 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

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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 mahima2014j@gmail.com
    fingers crossed

  9. Your post defines #madeofgreat in an awesome manner.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.

  10. 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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