Inspiring Perseverance

This morning I called up a prospect who is also a very good friend of mine but he did not answer the call. This is despite a spate of calls & sms’s in the last few days. I was really considering giving up on him for the business opportunity when I remembered this particular session at the recently concluded Nasscom Product Conclave at Bengaluru.

Vivek Paul narrated a real event about Shri Nagi Reddy (of Vijaya Studios and Hospitals fame).

When Reddy was young, he wanted to have a shed of his own in the Madras Port Trust so that his vegetables would not rot and can be exported. That was in pre-independence India where only the British enjoyed such a privilege. Undaunted by the situation, Reddy made it a practice to follow the Chairman of Chennai Port Trust during the latter’s morning walk, every day for 4 months at a safe distance without making any attempt to approach him directly. That person really admired his perseverance and not only did Reddy get his shed but also became the first Indian Trustee of the Madras Port Trust despite being an illiterate!!

When I remembered this event, I really got inspired and rejected the notion of giving up.



  1. Amrit Bajaj said,

    November 23, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Good one. I was about to leave one person and this changed my vision.

  2. Ramkumar said,

    November 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

    And keep blogging and sharing posts even if no one comments!
    Thanks Badri

  3. badrirag said,

    November 23, 2011 at 6:32 am


    I am happy that this post made a difference to you and to your relationship with the other person. Do stay in touch and keep smiling

  4. badrirag said,

    November 23, 2011 at 6:33 am


    Thanks for the encouraging words. Its nice to know that someone is reading and enjoying the posts.

  5. Harish said,

    November 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Nice one, Badri

  6. Niveditha said,

    November 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Badri we all hear inspiring stories and all that remains of it is that its a story of some other.Its a rare breed that makes these stories thier own and create their own inspiring stories.
    Kudos to you my friend.Its inspiring to know you.

    • badrirag said,

      November 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm


      Thanks for your kind words. Actually when i was about to give up on the guy I remembered this event and changed my intention to quit. I wrote this post primarily to share my experience and i am happy I did.

      • Niveditha said,

        November 25, 2011 at 4:25 am

        Badri,being courageous is not action in the absence of fear,but its action inspite of fear.It is critical that we keep this distinction in existence.:)

      • badrirag said,

        November 25, 2011 at 4:35 am


        Got it and also gotten by it

      • Niveditha said,

        November 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

        Badri,The words “GOt It”brings a smile to my face.

  7. Pradeep said,

    November 24, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Ohhh.. really inspiring story. I must learn to implement it in real life. Giving up is not an option, keep walking consistently and thats how we reach there.

    • badrirag said,

      November 24, 2011 at 1:50 pm


      As human beings we are not wired to carry on regardless of the situation. It needs that extra push from within or an external inspiration to keep going despite all odds.

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