Shantanu Naidu: The young man who managed a job opportunity with Ratan Tata
New Delhi : Working for a great industrialist Ratan Tata must be a dream of many people in India. A Facebook post shared by 'Humans of Bombay', a young man grabbed the opportunity with an idea that is both life-saving and breathtaking.
27-year-old Shantanu Naidu explained that he had got a chance to meet Ratan Tata in 2014 and the meeting changed his perspective towards life. Five years ago, he witnessed a death of a stray dog and came up with an idea of making dog collars with reflectors on them, it would help the drivers to see them from a comfortable distance to stop the vehicle.
"Word spread like fire and our work got covered in the Tata group of companies' newsletter," says Shantanu. "Around that time, my dad asked me to write a letter to Mr Ratan Tata, since he loves dogs too. I was hesitant at first, but then I said to myself, 'Why not?'"
Two months later, he received a response from Ratan Tata himself, asking him to pay a visit.
A few days later, Shantanu met Ratan Tata at his office in Mumbai. "He told me, 'I'm deeply touched by the work you do!' I still get goosebumps when I think of it," says Shantanu. Mr Tata even took Shantanu to his place to meet his dogs and funded his venture.
He then left to complete his Masters with a promise that he would work for the Tata trust.
"As soon as I came back to India, he gave me a call and said 'I have a lot of work to be done in my office. Would you like to be my assistant?' -- I didn't know how to react. So I took a deep breath, and a few seconds later said 'Yes!'" says Shantanu.
The Facebook post has gone viral on the internet and showcases Shantanu with Ratan Tata.