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Ratan Tata for you may be a man with access to all the luxuries in life but happens to be, that life has treated him the way it treats most of us. In a nutshell, the industrialist has had his share of struggles, which he reveals about in an interview with the popular page Humans of Bombay.

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(1/3) “I had a happy childhood, but as my brother & I got older, we faced a fair bit of ragging & personal discomfort because of our parent’s divorce, which in those days wasn’t as common. But my grandmother brought us up in every way. Soon after when my mother remarried, the boys at school started saying all kinds of things about us–constantly & aggressively. But our grandmother taught us to retain dignity at all costs, a value that’s stayed with me until today. It involved walking away from these situations, which otherwise we would’ve fought back against. I remember, after WW2, she took my brother & I for summer holidays to London. It was there that the values were really hammered in. She’d tell us, ‘don’t say this’ or ‘keep quiet about that’ & that’s where ‘dignity above everything else’ really embedded in our minds. And she’s always been there for us. It’s difficult now to say who’s right or wrong. I wanted to learn to play the violin, my father insisted on the piano. I wanted to go to college in the US, he insisted on UK. I wanted to be an architect, he insisted on me becoming an engineer. If it weren’t for my grandmother, I wouldn’t have ended up at Cornell University in the US. It was because of her that even though I enrolled for mechanical engineering, I switched majors & graduated with a degree in architecture. My father was upset & there was a fair bit of rancour, but I was finally my own, independent person in college & it was my grandmother who taught me that courage to speak up can also be soft & dignified. After college, I landed a job at an architecture firm in LA, where I worked for 2 years. It was a great time–the weather was beautiful, I had my own car & loved my job. It was in LA that I fell in love & almost got married. But at the same time I’d made the decision to move back at least temporarily since I had been away from my grandmother who wasn’t keeping too well for almost 7 years. So I came back to visit her & thought that the person I wanted to marry would come to India with me, but because of the 1962 Indo-China war her parent’s weren’t okay with her making the move anymore & the relationship fell apart.”

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And once you will read the same, the only thing you will think of is that why I can relate so much with the same?

The post begins with him talking about how his parents got separated in childhood which invited a lot of bullying as divorce wasn’t a common thing at that time. Moreover, the bullying only grew after her mother got married to another man and he was left with his grandmother.

Ratan Tata Gets Candid About His Life, Grandmother And His First Love

He recites that her grandmother has played a major role in raising him. And surely, that is something that comes naturally to grandmothers. They would often know more about us than we personally do and would stand beside us no matter what.

Like most of the grandmothers, Ratan Tata’s granny embedded good values into him and his brother.

“I remember, after WW2, she took my brother & I for summer holidays to London. It was there that the values were really hammered in. She’d tell us, ‘don’t say this’ or ‘keep quiet about that’ & that’s where ‘dignity above everything else’ really embedded in our minds”.

In the middle of the post, he recalls how his and his father’s views would always repel. He says he wanted to study in the US but his father wanted him to study in the UK. He wanted to learn violin but his father wanted him to learn Piano.

And when it comes to career, he “wanted to be an architect,” but his father “insisted on becoming an engineer”.

Again his grandmother came to his recuse. Though he was enrolled for mechanical engineering, she stood by his side when he decided to switch majors and he graduated with a degree in architecture.

Ratan Tata First Love

He then goes on to reveal that he fell in love with a girl during his first job and almost ended up marrying her. Almost, because they couldn’t as he had to return India because her grandmother wasn’t doing great health-wise.

Ratan Tata

He thought that the person he wanted to marry would come to India with me, but she couldn’t because her parents weren’t okay making the move after the 1962 Indo-China war.

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(1/3) “I had a happy childhood, but as my brother & I got older, we faced a fair bit of ragging & personal discomfort because of our parent’s divorce, which in those days wasn’t as common. But my grandmother brought us up in every way. Soon after when my mother remarried, the boys at school started saying all kinds of things about us–constantly & aggressively. But our grandmother taught us to retain dignity at all costs, a value that’s stayed with me until today. It involved walking away from these situations, which otherwise we would’ve fought back against. I remember, after WW2, she took my brother & I for summer holidays to London. It was there that the values were really hammered in. She’d tell us, ‘don’t say this’ or ‘keep quiet about that’ & that’s where ‘dignity above everything else’ really embedded in our minds. And she’s always been there for us. It’s difficult now to say who’s right or wrong. I wanted to learn to play the violin, my father insisted on the piano. I wanted to go to college in the US, he insisted on UK. I wanted to be an architect, he insisted on me becoming an engineer. If it weren’t for my grandmother, I wouldn’t have ended up at Cornell University in the US. It was because of her that even though I enrolled for mechanical engineering, I switched majors & graduated with a degree in architecture. My father was upset & there was a fair bit of rancour, but I was finally my own, independent person in college & it was my grandmother who taught me that courage to speak up can also be soft & dignified. After college, I landed a job at an architecture firm in LA, where I worked for 2 years. It was a great time–the weather was beautiful, I had my own car & loved my job. It was in LA that I fell in love & almost got married. But at the same time I’d made the decision to move back at least temporarily since I had been away from my grandmother who wasn’t keeping too well for almost 7 years. So I came back to visit her & thought that the person I wanted to marry would come to India with me, but because of the 1962 Indo-China war her parent’s weren’t okay with her making the move anymore & the relationship fell apart.”

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Life lesson? Life treats all of us equally. All of us get the same number of chances. However, it is decisions we make when life gives us lemons is what decides the sweetness and the bitterness of the lemonade.


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