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Sunday, November 22, 2015

An epitome of #madeofgreat

The world around us is just a reflection of what we want to see. If you want to see good, you will find numerous reason to enjoy the goodness and if you feel things are bad, that is what you will find everywhere. Its all in the eyes of the beholder.
I am the former kind. My mind wants to believe every body is good. So there is hardly any person whose positive points I miss even if I don't enjoy harmonious relationship with him/her. I can learn good things from anyone even from people who have a blink-and-you-miss presence in my life. But when it comes to lasting impression there is only one person who comes to my mind whom I have met personally and have spend little but some quality moments with.

An elderly. A woman. An independent person. A personality.

I know many people who are fond of her such is her charisma. She is Chaya Srivatsa. She is the person of a lifetime in my life though we have not met in these last 7 years. And I know I'll always sing about her to the people who matter most to me in this world. My husband, my kids, their friends, their spouses in future, and probably their kids if I am lucky enough to remain alive to see them.


Why? Because I aspire to be like her in my old age. Period.

Yes. People who make lasting impression to your mind are those who inspire you for something in life. For me Chaya Mam inspire me how to live life queen size. No I am not joking. She recently has returned from her solo trip to Europe and Australia! A loving wife to a late Navy officer, a wonderful mother and mother-in-law to her sons and their wives, a grandmother to wonderful grandchildren. But that's not what just define her or what draws me to her. I am impressed with her because she is a fiercely independent woman even at this stage of her life when she could have easily been looked after by her children. Not only does she earns her own livelihood but the orange lady (well, she ditched all other colors after losing her husband to monstrous cancer) supports her ashram- Srivatsa Kuteeram at Mysore that provide shelter and education to many orphan and poor girl-children. She is active, she is jovial, she is humble, she is a woman with a mind of her own and yes, she has an affinity to diabetes that actually give her a kick to be even more active. I met her during my training in Infosys Campus at Mysore where she is a lifecoach, umm in simple terms she counsels trainees who are going through any kind of difficulty - personal or professional. I went to her as I was feeling bored one day and thought of  just having a casual chat with her. And I loved spending that time in her cabin. I have already written how later she helped me through a difficult phase in my life and thank almighty that I had the opportunity to be connected to her in this life.

Being from the family and a culture where women are generally housewives and dependent on husbands and families for the rest of their life, I hardly had anyone whose life I could take as an example to pursue my individual goals even when the age slows me down. For this is not what most of the middle class Indian society was about until now? Parents especially mothers would raise their children, sacrifice their happiness for them and then at later stage of life willingly or unwillingly become dependent on them as the grey hair starts peeking out. Sadly, when the same children would treat them badly they would be left with grief and humiliation. Or even if the children reciprocate their love, still they would miss their own active days. I would have gone down to the same path. But thanks to the presence of this wonderful lady in my social circle who is truly #madeofgreat, whose confidence and attitude have become a real-life story for me to follow. For you can find many role models who can inspire you to be your best in your youth but the real influence come from those who can inspire you to be the best in your advance years. I am witnessing such a great life from such closeness that it has filled me with belief in self dependence. I now hope and dream about a free old age, free of any expectations from my children. My love and care toward them is full of devotion and seek nothing in return. Like mother Earth, I now just want to only give and provide. There is no feminine weakness in me as I have seen how it can be possible for a woman to live life on her own terms forever and still have everything. For me, Chaya Mam's existence is an example to the world that:

Freedom has no gender. It just needs a WILL!

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Thanks to Tata motors for their #madeofgreat campaign that made me reflect on this great influence in my life once again and share it with the audience of this blog. The campaign rides on a strong consumer motivation of ‘Seeking Excellence’ and ‘Self Belief’ which is showcased by the confluence of two global brands-Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. 

Readers are requested to share their views on the inspiration they have in their lives and also What do you think of Tata Motors' association with Lionel Messi? Do answer in the comments below!
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