He Is #MadeOfGreat ~ He Is My Father


The most influential person I have come across in my life is probably clueless himself of all the things he has taught me or of how deeply he has inspired my whole being.

This person has been in my life all along, since the first day I opened my eyes to this world. This person was the first to hold my hand, to steer me to greatness, being my biggest source of strength and support. He has been by my side in all the thick and thins of life and has bestowed me with courage and love throughout. To the world he might be just another noble man, but for me, my one and only father, is my world!

My Father is the most self motivated person I have ever come across in my life. When I feel resigned and fed up of life, I look at his chiseling noble face and I know that the world is beautiful and all hope is not lost. He is my hero, the one who showed me stars and taught me how to reach them.

His hardships are way greater than what I have faced in my life.  Born in a village in Uttar Pradesh, he was the second son out of five sons and three daughters to my grandparents. His early life was spent growing up in a village and facing the hardships of farming. Those were the days when education was not given much importance and to think that he was born in a village. But my Dad was something else. He knew that knowledge was power and did his best to get himself educated at any cost. Growing up between eight siblings, he was the first one to get educated in his family. His thirst for knowledge was endless and so intense that he traveled to different towns to gain it as his village was not felicitated with it. He had the urge in him to make something out of his life right from the beginning and his perseverance motivated him to never give up no matter what.

"Hey Dad look! There's a star out there. It is shining even in the morning!" my surprised voice caught my father's attention. It was seven in the morning and my father had brought a five year old me along with him to jog in the park.

"Haha! That's not a star dear. That's an aeroplane. You know when I was your age, I had mistaken it for a shooting star too. But then I learnt that it was a strange creation of man which could fly." My father said smiling at the now disappearing plane in the blue sky. "The moment I learnt what it was, I knew one day I would fly. I would fly.. around the whole world." The smile which reached his eyes never left his face.

"Come on kid. Let's get home and get packing. You don't want Daddy to miss his flight to Singapore now do you?" He said, finally coming back to the present. 

My father was a dreamer. He chased his dreams and didn't rest or give up until he had conquered them.

He has the patience of a saint and the faith of a scientist. His faith is what helps him make mountains move and win every heart he gets acquainted too. Every person who knows him has set him as a living example of humility and bravery.

If you have read this post of mine you will get an idea of how brave and preposterous my father is. If you have not then let me give you a brief summary:

My father has always stood for the welfare of all, especially women. In one such unforgettable incident which involved the ruthless dowry system, my father bravely saved a woman from being beaten to death by her in laws. Another incident which brings tears to my eyes whenever my father narrates it is where a couple of goons had abducted a girl and were torturing her. My father, who is a man of great faith says that this was the toughest battle he has ever fought and that he had to pay a very big price, both emotionally and physically in order to free that girl from the ruthless goons's clutches.

These and a hundred more incidents make me proud of my father and instill a want in me to be like him. He is known as a legend and respected and loved like one by every man and woman in his village. He is a true humorist who makes me laugh even in the gravest of moments. He says he loves spreading smiles and that a smile on someone's face brings him joy.

Business is a game my father loves to play. Maybe that is the reason why he is such a successful man today. Besides being a self-made entrepreneur, my father is a dedicated devotee, a loving husband and a caring, most amazing father!

At the age of eighteen, my father left his village with five rupees in his pocket, an old bicycle and a million dreams in his luminous eyes. He says that due to a drought, the family was struck by poverty and he didn't have any other option but to resume his studies and go looking for a job outside the village.

He knew the value of five rupees and that is the reason he always preaches me to spend judiciously. "Paisa badi mehnat se ata hai Beta!" he keeps telling me this.

He preaches me not to wish for anything but to directly work on acquiring it.

The best quality I love about him is his nature of giving, not just money to the poor, but wisdom to the unwise, helping hand to the needy, shoulder to the desolate and unlimited and undiluted love to every one who matters.

He is an optimist of the highest degree. His motivating words can melt hearts and trigger a fire of hope inside any man.

"Zindagi me koi aur waqt banke nahi ayega Beta. Jo karna hai abhi karna hai." are his words which keep me focused on my goals.

He is not a Global star, a Doctor or an engineer - he is a simple and normal man - a normal man with an abnormal thirst for truth and greatness. He has left an intense impact on me and he is the one who I look up to. I believe he is #MadeOfGreat and every time I look into his sincere, loving eyes, my belief simply strengthens.
 Besides all this, my Dad has a great passion for automobiles and Football. It is from him that I got my Football craze and undying love for fast cars. Our entire Football stricken family is a BIG Lionel Messi fan. When my Dad learnt about the recent Tata Motors and Lionel Messi collaboration, he was overjoyed! "Finally, perfection meets perfection!" were his words when I broke the news to him. A personality like Lionel Messi suits an ambassador to a legend like the trustworthy and authentic brand like Tata Motors.My Dad and me simply can't wait for the awesomeness which the collaboration of these two Global brands will bring!

So excited!

Would love to know your thoughts on the same and also about the person who has inspired YOU the most. Leave your thoughts in the comments below. :)

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  1. [ Smiles ] This is a lovely tribute to your father.

  2. Dad's are undoubtedly made of great Bushra ! Well written post ! Your fathers story inspires me and your story is motivational in every sense..best of luck for the contest ! :)

  3. It will be an ordinary statement to say that it is a brilliant write-up because it is more of your heart and emotions in it. I am sure you would have gone back and lived those moments and nothing can really equal that feeling. It is great to find football fans in a country addicted to Cricket. It is also quite thoughtful of Tata Motors to link up to Messi as its ambassador. For once, we will see an international football star in commercials and Messi is an icon, not only for his skills but also as a good human being. He is sure to inspire many in our country where celebrities do make an impact.

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  4. Well, What a coincidence that my take too was on my dad only, but I see you penned it with full heart with the real zeal. Really rocking write up.

    Question of Lonel Messi's association with Tata Motors, I must say the Tata's have ultimately found the right one and by right one I am fully convinced Lionel Messi is their one grand choice.

    1. Read your post. Very inspiring :) Thank you :)

  5. A modest dad such as yours is really an inspiration to look upto at all times and he becomes a true icon in our minds!
    Tata motors and Messi are both stimuli and therefore outperform their competitors with ease and alacrity!

  6. This tugged at my heart-strings, Bushra. Your write-up exudes such warmth (of anecdotes and memoirs, of course) :)

    As for the expression of views towards the question, I would like to answer through a stanza or two of verse:


    'What drives us from within is what makes us great'
    Belief in oneself, the zeal to put up a brave face,
    In the face of adversity, to stand strong against fate,
    That's how life is - it's an excellent goal to chase!

    To create a name for oneself, from the soil your feet dampen,
    To let critics enhance your effort, not let your spirits dampen,
    It's the journey that counts, more than having scaled the peak,
    To persevere so that it's your actions that have the loudest shriek!


    To sum up, I feel that this age-old adage rings true whenever I think of this beautiful alliance of an Indian Global Brand - Tata Motors and a Global Argentinian Sportsperson - Lionel Messi

    "Our Similarities bring us to a common ground; Our Differences allow us to be fascinated"

    That realization is truly #madeofgreat. :)

  7. My #madeofgreat I shall be putting up tomorrow on my blog. But as regards your post, well-written! Enjoy every moment with your dad dear, and make the most of it. Tell him that you love him over and over again. I've lost mine and I can tell you one thing, parents are irreplaceable.

    1. Haha! That is something I have to work up on Leena. Just don't get the bold to speak out my feelings towards him so I show him my love through my actions, which eventually give him the message :)

  8. Thats very emotional and co-incidently the person who has inspired in my life is my father and for me he is my SuperHero of this world because he is very supportive, caring, and above all a nice person. He has been a constant source of inspiration for me all through my life. Just by the expressions on my face, he knows whats going on my mind. I never needed to tell him about things I needed, he, by default knows what and when I need and he always provides me with what ever is needed. At times, he becomes a teacher for me, he guides me when ever I need to make a decision, when ever I am in some problem he patiently listens me and tells me how can I find solution to the problem, he used to carry me in his arms to my school when I was in nursery, at times while watching movie, I feel something to eat, then he became chef for me and most importantly he inspires me. The best thing I LOVE about my DAD is his never-dieing attitude. What ever happens, he would always say one thing "Try, try, and try till you succeed. One should never ever lose hope." I have faced lots of rejections and difficulties in my life but, this saying of my father has always been a driving force for me, because of which I believe that I can do it and I do not lose hope and I keep on trying till the time I accomplish what ever need be.... At one point of time, I thought I can never succeed in life and went into depression then, mere Daddy ne mujhe samjhaya ki jaise ek choti si chiti(ant) diwaar par chadti hai phir gir jaati hai, phir woh chadti hai, phir gir jaati hai, phir woh chadati aur phir woh chadna shuru karti hai toh chadti hi jaati hai, ussi tarah se, hame bhi koshish karte rehna chahiye, jab tak hame apni manzil, goal na mil jaaye. Daady ki is guidance ki Try, try, and try till you succeed and one should never ever lose hope not only changed my thinking but also made me an independent and positive thinking person. He has been a constant source of motivation and inspiration for me and he has always told me to hope for the best..even if something has gone wrong or something bad happen, he always tells me that don't lose hope....always hope for the best and things will be better in no time.....and expressing my love for him in in my words

    Oh My Dear Dad, U R My Hero,
    Following your footsteps, my tensions gets zero!

    U hold my finger taught me to walk,
    U became my teacher, guide and guard!

    When life's problems were bright,
    Your advice came like a sunshine!

    U r my hero my pride,
    On your back let me again ride!

    Your inspiration takes away my fear,
    I Love U alot, my daddy dear!


    1. That's very sweet Meenakshi. Glad to know that like me, you too are are inspired by your Father. :)

  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. your father is really an inspiring person, it is always difficult to self motivate one's self and while doing so motivate others to do their best. This post dedicated to your father truly shows your love towards him.

    Lionel Messi is an international brand like Tata Motors. Both Tata Motors and Messi are driven by promise to perform best and to deliver their 100%. I think they are perfect match for each other. Both are equally famous among masses and classes. Messi having different play shots in his bucket and Tata Motors have vehicle range from economical Nano to Luxurious Sedans. There association is like cherry on the cake. Messi's arrival have added 'Char Chand' to Tata Motors.

    My #madeofgreat post: The Teacher From Bihar

  11. Such a beautiful tribute to your father, Bushra! Way to go! Congratulations on your win. :)

    Do take a look at my post: http://bit.ly/1YbbnSW :)

  12. I read the post about your father which you have linked in this post and I am speechless. The way your Dad saved that girl was amazing, like seriously WOW!

    You have said in this post that your father is not a Global star, well I would like to disagree. The only thing is that the world is not aware of his bravery to recognize him for what he is.

    I myself am inspired by your father just by reading your words so I can imagine how much he influences you. :)

    It's really impressive that apart from being a wonderful man that your father is, he is also a Football fan. Lionel Messi is a legend in himself and the same goes to Tata Motors. This collaboration has got the whole Nation buzzing with excitement and like everyone, I myself can't wait for all the greatness that will follow.

    I would like to quote what your father has quoted as no one could have put it in a better way ~ "Perfection meets perfection." No doubt. :)

    1. Hahahah! Thank you so much for disagreeing with me. Will share this comment with my Dad :D

  13. Great post! A treat to readers!
    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!

  14. First of all, congratulations on the win Bushra. Truly well deserved. :) How ecstatic I am feeling after becoming aware of such a splendid personality like this man of substance, your dearest dad. Such a mentor is certainly the gem of a person with a heart of gold. You have portrayed the impact of him on your life so beautifully. Hats off to this master for his worthy contribution in giving your life a whole new definition and kudos to you for such a great write-up. :)

    Tata motors, the name speaks power, patronage and patriotism to we, the Indians, as this is our very own arena of trust and belief loaded with performance and excellence. When Tata motors got associated with the living legend Lionel Messi, this association has become the merger of Tiitans, the coalition of two power-packed performers.

    • Leo Messi, the football maestro, is the performer par excellence on the football courts while Tata motors is the makers of masterpieces to conquer the roads. This is the one union that is #madeofgreat power and perseverance.
    • While Messi is being counted for his winning stride, Tata Motors is the reason for Indians to feel pride. This is the one alliance that is #madeofgreat quantum and quality.
    • While Leo Messi is the personification of panache, Tata Motors is the portrayal of perfection. This is the one amalgamation that is made of great presentation and practicality.

    So, for The Style Symphony, Tata motor’s association with Lionel Messi is #madeofgreat value that is indeed going to benefit the automotive industry with a new zeal to touch the zenith.

    1. Thanks a ton dear :) Your comment has left me with new hope and greater excitement for this collaboration :)

  15. I salute your dad for being #madeofgreat
    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

  16. 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 :)

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. You are definitely going to win, this is simply a #madeofgreat post! No other post is so full of love as this one. Even when I started reading, I could feel the quality and goodness of your dad and love and respect him as a person. Congrats in advance for the prize, and congrats on having him as your dad (Techchumz)


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