Meet Shantanu Naidu, Ratan Tata's assistant who calls him 'Millennial Dumbledore'

Shantanu Naidu, Ratan Tata's 28-year-old aide, shot to fame after a video of the Tata Group Chairman cutting his birthday cake went viral.

Here is Shantanu’s journey to becoming Tata’s young assistant

1. Love for stray dogs

Shantanu Naidu graduated in 2014 and started working at the Tata Group. He is fond of dogs and strays. One day he saw the dead body of a dog lying in the middle of the road

2. Designed special collar

Horrified at the scene. Naidu, along with a few friends, designed a collar which had reflectors on it, so that drivers can see the dog from afar.

3. Featured in TATA's newsletter

According to Naidu, the word spread like wild fire and his noble endeavour got covered by the Tata Group's newsletter. He wanted some funding initially.

4. A letter to Ratan Tata

Naidu's father urged him to write a letter to Ratan Tata. He wrote him a handwritten letter . Two months later, Naidu received a letter from Ratan Tata himself

5. A Beginning of friendship

A few days later he met Tata in Mumbai, Ratan Tata expressed his admiration for Naidu's work and said that he was deeply touched and funded the venture

6. Naidu's Promise

Tata funded his venture and Naidu left for his masters abroad, promising Tata that one day he would dedicate his life working for Tata Trust.

7. Offer to assist

On returning back to India, Naidu received a call from Tata and he said "I have a lot of work to be done in my office. Would you like to be my assistant?"

8. Accepted the offer

Naidu accepted the offer and now it’s been 18 months since he has been working with Ratan Tata.

Source : Humans of Bombay