A handwritten letter made Ratan Tata mentor this 27-year-old
Mumbai based Shantanu's story is one with compassion and surprising turn of events.
Mumbai: Official Humans of Bombay is a social media page that features heart warming stories of Mumbaikars. Often, the stories bring alive the trials and tribulations of the city-dwellers and manage to strike a chord with the followers of the page.
In their recent story, Official Humans of Bombay has featured the interesting story of 27-year-old Shantanu Naidu who ended up working with Ratan Tata through a surprising turn of events.
In 2014, Shantanu joined Tata group after completing his graduation. During his stint, he devised a night-reflecting collar for stray dogs so that drivers on the roads identify their presence during nights. Seeing many stray dogs lose their lives in road mishaps lead to the invention, said the youngster. The collars worked, and the story got covered in the Tata Group of Companies' newsletter.
Shantanu's father asked him to write to Ratan Tata, the chairman of the company. Two months after he took a chance and wrote the letter, the chairman himself responded and invited him to a meeting. On meeting Shantanu, Ratan Tata told him that he was deeply touched by what he did for the stray dogs. Ratan Tata is known to have a deep connection with animals, especially dogs. He then helped Shantanu set up his company - Moto Paws. Moto Paws makes reflective collars for dogs.
Adding to the surprise, the automobile baron asked Shantanu to work as his assistant upon completing his Masters.The Mumabikar says it feels like a dream to be working with him, and called Tata the "Millennial Dumbledore." It has been eighteen months since the both have been working together.