I Came Upon A Lighthouse: Shantanu Naidu pens memoir about his journey with Ratan Tata
In his book, Shantanu Naidu talks about intergenerational friendship and his light-hearted moments with Mr Ratan Tata.
A handwritten letter once sent to Mr Ratan Tata started a never-ending journey for Shantanu Naidu. The millennial famous for his dog collar drives and candid Q&As almost every Monday on Instagram is now a published author.
Shantanu Naidu had announced a special surprise for the 26th December on his Instagram 6 days ago. The countdown began on the 20th December when Shantanu posted a cryptic message on his Instagram handle. He wrote, “In 6 days, I will be telling you about something that took a lot of time and courage to create and decide to show it to the world. I can’t help but remember the beginning when I stood from afar and looked at the thought of doing this, not knowing what lies ahead. Not knowing the kind of project I had embarked on without even realizing it. SO EXCITEDDDDDD
Illustration by @sanjanadesai.art “
Many people tried to guess what the big news will be. Some of them guessed that the person standing on the lighthouse is Mr Ratan Tata.
Another Hint Dropped On Instagram
Shantanu posted another message on his Instagram 4 days ago. It said,” 4 DAYS TO GO!!!! As time went by and, I kept creating and shaping what I’m about to show you in 4 days, I came face to face with a lot of challenges and blessings in my life. Realizations I feel the world too would be interested in knowing, what you would perhaps be interested in knowing. I took a few steps closer, and let it take form, and I’m so glad I did. Illustration by @sanjanadesai.art“
In the illustration, Shantanu and Winter(Shantanu’s pet) are walking towards the lighthouse.
2 days ago, Shantanu Naidu posted another image on his Instagram, “TWO DAYS TO GO!!! By the time I reached here, I had almost finished doing what I intended to create. In many ways, it was exactly what I wanted to create, and in many ways it was different. I did need the belief and support of so many others who helped me see this project through. Not being able to believe, that I came upon a lighthouse. Illustration by @sanjanadesai.art“
In the illustration, Shantanu and winter have seemingly reached the lighthouse. They meet Mr Ratan Tata at the lighthouse.
Countdown Finally Ended on the 26th December
Earlier today, Shantanu Naidu revealed the big news on his Instagram,” I am SO EXCITED to announce my first book with @harpercollinsin: “I Came Upon A Lighthouse” an illustrated millennial memoir of life with Mr Tata, out for pre-order on Amazon now!! All the proceeds of this book go to Sparsh Trust an upcoming hustling animal welfare organisation doing great work.
The thought behind this book has always been that the privilege of knowing Mr Tata personally should not be limited to me alone. There are shades of him other than a humble businessman which I have tried my best to capture in this light-hearted narration. I also wanted to talk about how genuine and wholesome intergenerational friendships can be, and @sanjanadesai.art emotion-drenched illustrations definitely help with that.
A heartfelt note from Mr Tata inside, something he wrote when he finished reading the manuscript.”
Shantanu Naidu mentions that he wants to share his light-hearted experiences with Mr Ratan Tata, with the world. He wishes to bring to light all that he has lived and felt all this while, in this journey with him. The name of book is ‘I Came Upon A Lighthouse’. In his book, Shantanu Naidu talks about intergenerational friendship and his light-hearted moments with Mr Ratan Tata.
To pre-order the book, visit https://amzn.to/3oaENTy