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Ratan Tata’s candid post about his childhood and how he almost got married goes viral

In the post shared on Facebook and Instagram, Tata revealed that he fell in love while in Los Angeles and almost got married. He also spoke about how his grandmother helped raise him and what she taught him.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: February 13, 2020 5:31:05 pm
ratan tata, humans of bombay, ratan tata love story, ratan tata parents divorce, ratan tata viral post, ratan tata humans of bombay, viral news, indian express Ratan Tata opened about growing up with his grandmother and how his parents divorce wasn’t easy for him and his brother. (Humans of Bombay/ Facebook)

After his post defending a woman on Instagram was widely praised, a post in which Ratan Tata talks about his childhood, his proximity to his grandmother, life in the US and how he almost got married is going viral.

In a post shared by the Humans of Bombay, the 82-year-old Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons spoke about how he fell in love in Los Angeles while working there for two years. Tata already revealed how tensions due to the 1962 Indo-China war prevented him from getting married.

“It was in LA that I fell in love and almost got married. But at the same time I had 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,” he said in the post.

“So I came back to visit her and thought that the person I wanted to marry would come to India with me, but because of the 1962 Indo-China war her parents weren’t okay with her making the move anymore, and the relationship fell apart,” Tata said.

He also spoke about his childhood and how things weren’t always easy for him. “I had a happy childhood, but as my brother and I got older, we faced a fair bit of ragging and personal discomfort because of our parents’ divorce, which in those days wasn’t as common as it is today,” the businessman added.

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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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Tata spoke of parents’ divorce when he was just 10 and how his grandmother, Navajbai Tata, played a big role in raising him.

“Soon after when my mother remarried, the boys at school started saying all kinds of things about us — constantly and aggressively. But our grandmother taught us to retain dignity at all costs, a value that’s stayed with me until today,” he said in the post. “She’d tell us, ‘don’t say this’ or ‘keep quiet about that’ and that’s where, ‘dignity above everything else’ really embedded in our minds.”

Tata also spoke about the differences he had with his father. “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 the UK. I wanted to be an architect, he insisted on me becoming an engineer,” he said in the post.

The first part of a three-part post garnered a lot of attention online and here’s how people responded:

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