By Monica Tata
Monday, 01 Feb 2016
Humility, thy name is Ramesh Narayan
Getting me to write about Mr Ramesh Narayan is like getting a rookie in Apple Co. to write about Steve Jobs!
However, will attempt to share some insights about a man who the advertising industry absolutely loves and respects .
I have known Ramesh sir ( just can’t take his name without adding that) only for the last few years. Whilst I had heard of him when I was indeed a rookie in the industry, I got the privilege to meet and interact with him only when I joined IAA. That's when I came to know a man who we read about in old folk tales!
A man who gives without expecting anything in return, a man who contributes for the larger good of the industry, a man who brings cheer to the underprivileged, a man who lights up a billion lives, a man who makes you aware for the need of doing more for the environment, a man who questions the status quo on gender diversity, a man who inspires you to be a better human being. Yes he is not a fictional character from an old folk tale where you would doubt that such a man can actually exist..he is real..he is RAMESH sir.
From being an active advertising professional when he ran Canco advertising to holding leadership positions of all leading industry bodies, be it AAAI, Adclub, IAA, he has contributed immensely to the growth of the advertising industry. In the recent past some of the marquee IAA events were his ideas which he mentored many in the IAA mancom to make them as hugely successful initiatives..namely , IAA leadership awards, IAA olive crown awards, VOW - seminar on gender diversity, indIAA awards to name a few.
I have had the honor to be mentored by him on a few initiatives and it is amazing how he is able to get multi perspectives to every challenge and arrive at a solution with such calmness and élan!
When you say you are from the world of advertising, there is a certain image you conjure..Ramesh sir is a complete anti thesis of that image! Which is why it's always such a pleasure to spend time with a man who knows more than A-Z of advertising but believes he is still learning!
And just when you are settling to be in awe of this man, one finds out he is, a philanthropist ,a philosopher and a photographer! I have had the privilege to get a glimpse of all these avatars.
In everyone's life, one comes across people who influence you, mentor you and inspire you. Ramesh sir would have been that person to many am sure and I am one of the privileged ones too. It is my wish that many of you get to be one of the privileged ones as well, as it will not only make you better advertising professionals but better human beings!
In the world history King Alfred of Wessex is known to be a perfect man in history. This is how he has been described…
" I desired to live worthily as long as I live, and to leave after my life, to the men who should come after me, the memory of me in good works"
To me, these words encapsulate Ramesh sir in entirety.