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Sandeep Desai - The Begging Professor is #MadeOfGreat

Mumbai is undoubtedly and very aptly known as the city of dreams and the city of possibilities. If you have a dream you can make it possible in Mumbai and the people who are #MadeOfGreat make it a mass movement to take it ahead. Mumbai is known for its hustle and bustle and the hyper busy lifestyle. but amongst all these superlatives what exists is the humanity and feeling of being one.

You would have definitely heard about Mumbaikars coming together during adversity being it yearly deluge or the terrorist attacks, there is unity. If you ask for help, Mumbaikars reciprocate and I had blogged about one such experience on my blog long ago, which can be read by clicking on the following link Mumbai - Nothing Can Be Lost If You Can Find ItAnd in this city you often come across many people who are made of great and I am writing about one such person today and he is Mr. Sandeep Desai.

Sandeep Desai - The Begging Professor is #MadeOfGreat
Sandeep Desai - The Begging Professor is #MadeOfGreat | Image Credits: Facebook Page of Professor Sandeep Desai
If you are frequent Western line Mumbai local traveler you may have come across him. Who is he? What he does? Where? Why? As you read ahead you will get the answers to these questions and many more things.  Mr. Sandeep Desai is called the begging professor because he begs rather collects funds from travelers of Mumbai locals and then uses the same for building English medium schools in remote villages while education is imparted through skilled teachers to these students. You can know more about his idea, process and details in the video below.
He is called the begging professor may be that's what it appears to everyone, but he collects the money by asking people to contribute in the donation box that he carries.Whenever you meet him, you will find him chanting "Vidya Daanam Shrestha Daanam" which means "Donating for education is the highest form of donation" and convincing people to donate for the cause and be a part of it. It takes someone who is #MadeOfGreat to do this on a daily basis and be dedicated to the cause. 

What also inspires me and makes Mr. Sandeep Desai great is his approach, and I consider myself fortunate enough to have contributed to his cause whenever I have met him in the local trains. He is very approachable and knows his stuff in and out, whenever someone questions him about his work, he attends to them very politely and answers all the questions no matter how repetitive they sound. Even Salman Khan was amazed to know about Mr. Sandeep Desai and appreciated his efforts.

Among various things, what proves that he is made of great is his self belief and simplicity. Trust me, he is an authentic person and is reliable, so we can be assured that the money we donate to him actually goes towards a great cause. He gave up his well-paying job to take up this task. He has also been awarded the "CNN-IBN Real Hero's Award", "Zee 24 Taas - Ananya Gaurav Puraskar", "Maharaja Sayajirao University's Yugaantar Puraskar" and "Baba Aamte Samajik Seva Puraskaar" amongst many other.

Tata Motors has recently come up with their Made of Great initiative that promotes "What drives us from within is what makes us great". If you want to know more about Mr. Sandeep Desai you can check out his Facebook Page and if you wish to contribute to his cause you can make a donation on the following account.


Name of Trust: Shloka Missionaries

Bank: Bank of India
Branch: Goregaon (W), Mumbai
Account No.: 002210100040149
IFSC code: BKID0000022

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I am also hosting a contest for the readers, all you need to do is watch the video embedded below and answer the question asked. One winner will be declared based on the quality of the comment and will win Amazon Gift Voucher worth Rs. 750. The winner will be declared when a minimum of three user comments are received. Request you to check the "Notify Me' box when you comment so that I can update you if you are selected as the winner. All the Best, get commenting!

Question: What do you think of Tata Motors’ association with Lionel Messi?

36 comments:

  1. I feel really proud and amazed to see Lionel messi a great footballer to be associated with the Indian car brand tata motors.. TATA motors has made India proud ! And I am glad to see how amazingly its reaching its goals like lionle messi

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  3. I am a Messi fan and seeing messi in the colors of TATA is a totally different experience, there is a sense of pride!

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  4. The association between Messi & Tata is really great as both of them have excelled in their respective fields.

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    1. Hi Misha, thanks for commenting. This excellence is what make us call them #MadeOfGreat

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  5. Hi Kaushal , Nice to read your blog-post after reading lots of your poems.
    Tata Motors association with Lionel Messi is one of a kind, in the sense it's Super Sportsman Lionel + Supreme Technology of Tata Motors. The Unity of the leaders in the fields of Sports and Technology will give boost to Indian Sports arena and will add Zest to Tech. Industry

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    1. Thank you Ma'am! I like the way you have added your viewpoint in the form of a comment.

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  6. This is an amazing association by two global brands - Tata Motors and
    Lionel Messi. In the minds of consumers, Tata Motors is one of the most
    reliable and trustworthy brand. Lionel Messi, itself, is the one of the
    most talented and reliable player in the field of sports and it is an
    icon for today’s youth. Thus, this association and campaign will
    certainly prove very successful as it is #madeofgreat brands.

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    1. When icons collaborate they create something more iconic! Thanks for the comment Amit.

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  7. Hello Kaushal,

    I've come across many good blogs you wrote so far and this one is very special to me as you've also made my favourite player Leo messi as a part of it. One really needs a great quality of mind to do such good deeds like what Sir. Sandeep does. I am hearing about this person for the first time and really proud to know that such human beings still exist in this world. I believe Tata Motors won't have a better football player to be named as their brand ambassador than Messi. Messi established himself as the number one player after going through many struggles and those who know his biography would agree that he is really #MadeofGreat. I feel Its a great combo of two global brands - Tata Motors and Lionel Messi!!!

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  8. Being an Indian, I know how proud I feel when the entire world entrusts its faith in the brand 'Tata'. Associating it with yet another talented sportsmen, adored & respected for his reliability i.e. Lionel Messi is surely going to be a beautiful amalgamation of two powerhouses.

    And, really an enlightening article about Sir Sandeep! Indeed #MadeOfGreat vision & mission.

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  9. Tata Motors' association with Lionel Messi spells a significantly notable alliance that will steer the company towards favourable benefits. I always acknowledge Tata Motors as a distinctive name in Auto industry, which will not let the success 'larger-than life' elude from its fate now with a timeless guild with iconic figure Messi. I don't see this union of Tata Motors as an aspirational effort for garnering some quick publicity and evoke specific reaction from myriad crowd with Celeb branding, but is rightly an embellished handshake for keeping up the pace to get to the pinnacle of success graph. To sum things up, I am joyous to see the brand and the star uniting for 'One in a Million' #madeofgreat power-packed drive ahead :)

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  10. Hi Shilpa, Thanks for reading and sharing your views on the blog.

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  11. Now if I am allowed to talk about the association of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi, then both are big names in their respective field and together this is a giant collaboration.
    The man with strong legs can drive the power-packed automobile. Messi is just perfect for it.
    Both have so much things in common like power, reliability, trustworthy and many more.
    When 2 number 1s join together, they form an unbeatable pair and that's why it is called GREAT!
    #madeofgreat for me is togetherness of God of Football to God of Automobiles!

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  12. Tata Motors has earned 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 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.

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    1. Hi Bhawna, thanks for your views in the form of a comment. All the best!

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  13. Good to see Lionel Messi, the football legend endorsing an Indian automobile giant Tata Motors, its a good tactic to represent the Indian brand globally.
    & obviously its a proud feeling to see Messi advertising our brand.

    Hats off to Mr Sandeep Desai for all the good deeds that he is doing towards education for poor's.
    I'm not a frequent local train traveler though but I hope to see him someday and I will definitely contribute my part.

    #MadeOfGreat.

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  14. you have unearthed a gem and #madeoggreat through your post keep up the good work
    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
    aaloke19@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Alok, thank you for dropping in reading and commenting. Most of the readers would agree to with the relation that you have shown between Messi and TATA motors.

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  15. 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

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  16. 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.
    bhuwan198grover@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Bhuwan, most of the readers would agree with what you have said. Thank you for the comment.

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  17. 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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  18. 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
    yagneshbjoshi10099@gmail.com

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  19. Lovely post! All the best :) I hope you like my thoughts too!

    Inspiration,
    Dedication,
    Discipline,
    Commitment,
    Trust,
    Loyalty,
    Excellence,
    Legacy,
    Immortality.

    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!

    Prajakta Sinha
    sinpra11@gmail.com

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