The Internet is an incredible platform when it comes to interacting with people and Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra Group, makes the best use of Twitter in making generous contributions to the people in need.
Here are 5 times when Anand Mahindra combined his own power with that of the internet to help people achieve their dreams.
1. When he helped a Mangalore woman expand her food truck.
In 2015, when her family was going through an extreme financial crisis, 34-year-old Shilpa took out ₹1 lakh deposit that she had kept for her son’s education and bought a Mahindra Bolero pick-up truck. She converted it into a food-truck and started selling North Kannada delicacies.
This was the time when someone from her locality tweeted the picture of 'Halli Mane Rotties' to Anand Mahindra and the noble businessman offered to help Shilpa expand her business!
A terrific story of entrepreneurship to end the week with.At Mahindra,we call this a Rise story. Am so delighted the Bolero played a small role. Can someone reach her & tell her I will personally invest in her expansion by supplying a Bolero for the second outlet she’s planning? https://t.co/1J4fcLxdUg— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 29, 2017
2. When he gifted a mini truck to the man who had modified his auto into a 'Scorpio'.
A Twitter user had tweeted to Mahindra a photo of an auto, whose rear was modified to look like Mahindra Scorpio.
Anand Mahindra was so impressed by the creativity that he decided to buy that auto for his company's museum.
Iconic. A way to 'Rise.' Thanks for sharing this.Can you help locate him? I'd like to buy it for our museum & give him 4 wheels in return.. https://t.co/uwQ5wYcDpW— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 19, 2017
The business magnate then gifted the man a brand new Supro, Mahindra's small commercial four-wheeler.
Here's Sunil, the proud owner of the 3 wheeler 'Scorpio', now a happy owner of a 4 wheeler. All thanks to you twitterati! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/5nb12j2dnj— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 3, 2017
3. When he helped a cobbler by getting a brand new kiosk designed for him.
Anand Mahindra had received a photograph of a cobbler via WhatsApp who advertised himself as the doctor of 'hurt shoes'.
Mighty impressed with his marketing skills, Mahindra asked if someone could locate him.
This man should be teaching marketing at the Indian Institute of Management... pic.twitter.com/N70F0ZAnLP— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 17, 2018
His team in Haryana finally found the man and he's now going to get his own kiosk!
Recall my tweet about Narseeji,the cobbler?Our team in Harayana met him&asked how we could help.A simple&humble man.Instead of asking for money,he said he needed a good workspace. I asked our Design Studio team from Mumbai to design a kiosk that was functional&yet aesthetic.(1/2) pic.twitter.com/Oefr69yAy1— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 28, 2018
4. When he gifted a Mahindra Thar honouring a Paralympian's achievements.
When Twitterati inundated Anand Mahindra with requests to give a car to Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu who had won a gold medal in the high jump event at Rio Paralympics, he didn't disappoint them and gifted him a Mahindra Thar.
But am adding a gift of ₹10lacs from my personal a/c.His paralympian Gold was achieved against higher odds. His was a #Rise moment (2/2)— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 12, 2016
5. When he reached out to an artist who created art out of potholes.
Protesting against the dismal state of roads, a visual artist had placed a life-sized crocodile in the 12ft-long pothole in north Bengaluru’s Sulthanpalya Main Road.
Anand Mahindra shared this picture on Twitter and even asked people if there's any way he could reach out to the artist.
Yesterday I tweeted how Ukrainians dealt with potholes. Here's how we creative Indians turn our liabilities into--literally--'street art!' pic.twitter.com/Luz2N7l3hz— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) August 1, 2017
With the help of Twitter, the man was identified as a Mysore-based artist, Badal Nanjundaswamy. Soon, the artist got in touch with him and the generous businessman promised to get back to him!
What a humanitarian!