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Welcome to Sajjanpur is engaging

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I saw “Welcome to Sajjanpur” yesterday. I thought it was nice. Easy on the mind. The songs were totally unnecessary, otherwise it was pretty engaging.

Shreyas Talpade is brilliant in his portrayal of an educated rural young man who dreams of becoming a fiction writer someday. The character is basically a noble creature at heart, complete with ordinary human weaknesses. He is believable. So is Amrita Rao as a young married rural girl waiting for her husband to return from the city. Not at all glamorous, Amrita still looks beautiful and fresh.

The other cast and crew were OK. Ravi Kishen was at his irritating best. Ila Arun added to the irritation quotient of the film.

Through “Welcome to Sajjanpur” Shyam Benegal shows that you can make a film on an extremely simple story, without too much conflict and yet keep it engaging. Not among his best. But still pretty good.


Written by Manoj Khatri

5 October 2008 at 11:05 am

Posted in Expressions, Reviews

Freedom from second-hand smoke

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India is far behind in the list of countries that have banned smoking in public places. But then, it is better to be late than never, especially when it concerns the health of millions.

I support the ban comprehensively. It is about time we took the dangers of passive smoking seriously. For those who believe that the ban is unfair, this is what I think: smokers can smoke as much as they want to – after all we live in a democracy and we have no right to object to an individual’s choice. But, the same individuals must respect a non-smoker’s choice too. I don’t smoke because I think it’s not for me. I am convinced that smoking harms me. Then why should I be subject to passive smoke? By smoking in public places, you force non-smokers to inhale the smoke. And that, mind you, is definitely unfair.

There are some who think that instead of banning smoking in public, there should be a ban on manufacture and sales of cigarettes – at least there won’t be a moral dilemma among smokers. It’s a democracy thing again – won’t we take away their right to smoke? Yet, we have banned drugs altogether, haven’t we? I reckon that if the government is so sure of smoking being injurious to health, it should ban it altogether.

But at least banning in public places is a good start. Let us enjoy freedom from second-hand smoke.

Written by Manoj Khatri

2 October 2008 at 12:07 pm

Posted in Expressions

New Complete Wellbeing website rolled out.

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We humans are complex creatures! We are always striving to decode the universe we inhabit… but we often forget the basics in the process. We want to conquer the world, but we forget that we must first conquer our minds, then conquer the hearts of others, and then, surprise-surprise, the world will not be needed.

In our upside-down, topsy-turvy scheme of priorities, Complete Wellbeing reminds us of what we tend to forget in our daily lives – that what we intrinsically value is good health, happy relationships, satisfaction at work and a purpose in life.

Recently, we rolled out the new website of Complete Wellbeing. This is just the beginning. We have great plans for making it one of the most useful websites in the world.

To me, Complete Wellbeing is much more than a magazine or a content portal. It’s a philosophy, an attitude, a movement. It’s a way of living, in which we value the gifts nature has bestowed on us.

I am convinced that the new website will promote the philosophy of Complete Wellbeing and spread health, happiness, love and fulfilment to millions of people around the world.

Click the link image below to visit the new website.

Stay well!

Written by Manoj Khatri

13 September 2008 at 10:51 pm

Posted in Expressions

Reality TV and the society

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I am amazed at the sheer number of reality TV shows on Indian TV channels these days. TV channels and their programming departments are not known to be very bright and original. If one show on one channel works, all channels rush to join the bandwagon and produce similar shows. Game shows, dance competitions, singing competitions, and reality shows now comprise most of our programming on TV. Even news channels’ content consists largely of programming that can be classified as reality TV, albeit of a different nature. Since everybody is doing it, I reckon it must be working. I am a firm believer of media being a reflection of the society, the audience, who consume the media.

If you watch any of the reality shows with interest, chances are that you derive a certain kind of pleasure in watching human frailties at show. You like watching real-life conflicts – between contestants, participants, their relatives, judges (who are celebrities in their own right), hosts, and journalists. I’ve heard that some of the anchors of shows on news channels are not even journalists – they are theatre actors who are given a role to play, complete with a script.

In my opinion, reality TV and sensationalism of news on TV is mirroring an emerging disturbing preference in our society….that of voyeurism. In this version of voyeurism, watching people suffer in pain makes one feel good. You like the tears, the sobbing, the drama of elimination, the spectacle of accusations of favouritism, the tragedy (or comedy) of perfectly sensible-looking individuals finger-pointing – and the works.

Any opinions?

Written by Manoj Khatri

6 September 2008 at 12:37 pm

Posted in Expressions

Why is missing you so difficult?

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It wells my eyes up
with floods of tears
fills my heart
with illusionary fears
…that seem so real
Missing you
is such an ordeal

The urge to talk
starts small and slow
but quickly becomes
an uncontrollable flow
of desperation
and frightening frustration

This irrepressible yearning
my heart burning
my stomach churning
…with a longing
that tears me apart
into a thousand bits
and pieces
as my soul releases
a squeal of sadness,
…a sign of madness?

Yes, missing you is an ordeal
…a torment, an agony
that only YOU can heal
with your warm voice,
your quiet caress
your tender touch
that make me feel
you love me so much

© Manoj Khatri

Written by Manoj Khatri

15 June 2008 at 1:59 pm

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Love conquers ego

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Happiness and harmony
are balanced
on delicate scales
that get disrupted
by the slightest stroke,
or a gentle jolt,
giving rise to
tornadoes of emotions
and volcanoes of feelings

But why?

Because, the devil that resides in us
as our EGO
is the enemy of our LOVE

It poses as
false self-importance
and pseudo pride
looking for
a chance to steal
our precious package

whenever there is fervour,
the devil produces frostiness
whenever there is accord,
the devil stimulates discord
whenever there is ecstasy,
the devil perpetuates agony

anger fuses with irritation
and intolerance with impatience,
making a mixture of menacing madness

feeding our foolish fears
and provoking pessimism
…and tears

Until our prayers
rev up
the energy of our LOVE again
to bring back
our precious package of
passion, peace, and pleasure,
…which we treasure.

© Manoj Khatri

Written by Manoj Khatri

10 May 2008 at 1:59 pm

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Praying with you

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Praying with you is
like walking
on the morning grass
with the fickle dewdrops
tickling our bare feet
while our souls meet
and smile to greet
each other

Praying with you is
like drifting
on wispy, white clouds
on a sunny day, as we play
like little kids
a little fine, a little fey
And as our game starts
our love engulfs our hearts

Praying with you is
Like dreaming
a magnificent dream
where we scream
in ecstasy
as a rainbow wraps
you and me
in vibrant colours of glee

Praying with you is
Like weaving
a fairy story
that we fill with
God’s goodness and glory
Each memory we create
is a tale of our sweet love
so memorable, so great

© Manoj Khatri

Written by Manoj Khatri

29 March 2008 at 9:14 pm

Posted in Love Poems, Poetry