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  • 9 Indian Failures Who Became Inspirational Success Stories(http://www.indiatimes.com/author/rutu-ladage)Rutu Ladage (http://www.indiatimes.com/author/rutu-ladage)

    October 15, 2014


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    Failures are nothing but stepping stones to success. And no one has proved this saying better thanthese amazingly inspirational people.

    1. Mahatma Gandhi



  • 2. Amitabh Bachchan

    3. Dhirubhai Ambani

    His is perhaps the most inspirational tale. Originally a barrister in India by profession, he was not astrong lawyer as he was unable to cross-question his witnesses. After spending sometime draftinglitigation letters, he went to South Africa where he developed his political skills. It was not a cake-walk for him even there and his Satyagraha movement was fraught with difficulties even in India.Perhaps his biggest failure of all times was the partition of India and Pakistan.


    A blockbuster performer at the Bollywood box-office, Amitabh Bachchan's career tanked along withhis production house, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL). His meteoric rise and quickdownfall is a true Bollywood tale within Bollywood. He was bankrupt but did not give up andcontinued to fight. It was at this crucial juncture when his career took at 360 degree turn with thearrival of KBC series in India and slowly, he once again rose to the top. Big B truly proved thatnothing, not even a simple desi hairoil advert is "beneath" you but in any profession respect isearned by your skills and your attitude.

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  • 4. Ratan Tata


    Who doesn't know the name Reliance today? But do you know, that Dhirubhai Ambani, the founderof Reliance was perhaps controversy's favourite child? Ambani had a humble beginning and hewas not from an affluent background. He moved to Yemen at 16 years of age where he worked asa simple clerk. However, he knew he had to follow his calling and risking everything, he returned toIndia to set up his business with his close friend. Though Champaklal Damani differed from Ambaniin his views and decided to split, Ambani did not give up hope and continued his trade, deciding toeven enter the stock market. His stock market dealings and success have often been questionedbut the man rose to power through sheer grit and determination.


    Ratan Tata

    What do you do when you have a role model to look up to and then, you are asked to fill the rolemodel's shoes? When Ratan Tata became the chairman in 1991, he had a mammoth task setbefore him. His futuristic views and liberal attitude did not go well with some of the top honchos atTata which resulted in a tussle at the management level. At the very start of his career as chairman,two companies under him faced bankruptcy and his employees faith in him dwindled as he broughtdown the retirement age from 70 to 65, leading to an ouster of some of the oldest employees of theorganisation. Despite the many failures he has seen, Tata Nano being the latest, Ratan Tata did notgive up and continues to be a global figure even today.



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  • 5. Narendra Modi

    6. Shiv Khera

    7. Smriti Irani

    give up and continues to be a global figure even today.


    Narendra Modi

    A humble chai-vendor, embroiled in one of the most blood-bathed controversies in the country istoday the Prime Minister. Does success need any other definition? When Modi took on the reignsof Gujarat as the Chief Minister from Keshubhai Patel, his rise was met with opposition from manywithin the party. Modi's lack of experience was one of the major concerns. However, Modi stood hisground and became Gujarat's CM. As the CM, he veered from RSS's ideologies and supportedprivatisation and small government. But perhaps, his true test came in the form of the Godhraviolence. While many still blame him for the riots, his name was cleared and he went to becomeone of the most powerful men in the country.


    Shiv Khera

    A writer of motivational books, he perhaps needed his words the most when he was accused ofplagiarism. Post the launch of one of his books, 'Freedom is Not Free', Shiv Khera was accused bya retired civil servant Amrit Lal of plagiarism. While Shiv Khera was dragged to court, he did notgive up and continued his writings. He even defended his writings saying he read a lot of booksand researched before writing. Some of that research stayed with him. A pretty lame excuse butdespite the court case and the out-of-court settlement, he bounced back and his books continuebeing motivational best-sellers.


    Smriti irani

    Not exactly a failure, but Smriti Irani's tale is definitely a rags to riches with WTF interspersed inbetween. She got her dream break while waitressing at McDonalds and became one of the bestknown faces on the small screen playing the role of Tulsi in Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. However,

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    after a fallout with the small screen queen Ekta Kapoor, her career seemed like it would end. ButSmriti Irani decided to enter the world of Politics and is today the HRD minister. With no education(or atleast a few fudged degrees) mind you!


    Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

    A cricketer relies on not just his strong reflexes but one of the most important asset is his power tosee. A cricketer since childhood, Mansoor Ali Khan pataudi permanently damaged one of his eyesin a road accident. This led to him seeing doubled image. Though he could no longer see clearly,pataudi did not give up. He feared his cricket career was over but he returned to the field to playwith just one eye. He is today regarded as one of the greatest captains India has ever had!


    Nawazuddin Siddiqui

    Born to humble farmers in UP, Nawazuddin first worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company.Wanting something more interesting, he moved to Delhi to only be a watchman. He developed aninterest in theatre in Delhi and moved to Mumbai to try his luck in movies. However, like everystruggler, he did not get any good job or any meaty role and kept appearing in small roles. Heresorted to conducting acting work shops to earn some money. However, he got his break when hegot noticed as a reporter in Peepli Live and there has been no looking back for him since then!

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