Thursday, 23 July 2015

सूरज की धूप

My first attempt in poetry writing. I would like to mention one of my blogger friend and highly skilled - Shweta Dave, who very recently written one of the masterpiece निशब्ध-प्यार in her blog. Though, I never ever thought of writing a poem, but that post from Shweta prompted me to write one of my own poem. Hope you will like this content piece. Since this is my first trial in poem writing, I will be looking forward to your reactions.



सूरज की धूप पौधों के लिए जीवन है!
वही धूप जो सर्दियों में वरदान है,
तो गर्मियों में तेज समान है!

वास्तव में ये धूप जीवों में ऊर्जा है!
जीवन का संचार है ये धूप,
प्रकृति का हमारे लिए अमूल्य उपहार है ये धूप!

सूरज की धूप में है दीप्ति विनय की,
ये एक संदेश है प्रकृति का,
जिसमें है शक्ति विजय की!

इस संदेश को यदि सच मायने में पहचानें हम,
हर रात की एक सुबह है,
हर अंधकार के बाद प्रकाश है,
बात असल में मानें हम,
तो जीवन सरल होगा,
गिरकर उठना और उठकर चलना ना इतना कठिन होगा!

अपने साथ संजोये कर्म पथ का निरंतर आयाम,
हे सूरज की धूप, स्वीकार करें मेरा प्रणाम!!

© विशाल ग्रोवर


Friday, 10 July 2015

Talking Tours (7) - Sakar Aneja

I realize ‘Talking Tour’ has become my comeback post after I take break from blogging. This series is very special for me as it gives me the opportunity to interact with different people and understand their thought process - what they think on various topics, what keeps them ticking. May be there is a learning for us somewhere in these thoughts. Each one of us has some attributes which are unique some times and common most often.

So here we are back again with 7th Installment of Talking Tours. This time – I met Sakar Aneja who works as Director in Marketing. Sakar is extremely humble & soft spoken person. When asked for this interview, he instantly gave his nod. It was short candid chat. Hope you will like it.


Let's start it.....

Tell our readers something about yourself  Sakar.
I was born in Kenya, raised in Delhi, worked in Mumbai for some time and went on to complete my higher education in London. A marketer by profession, a traveler at heart and a dreamer during the day, I’m always ready to challenge the unexceptional. I guess that’s how Gemini’s are; instinctive, spontaneous and carefree! I’m one of those guys who may ask you to tag along on a Monday morning for a short trip to the hills or a bike ride around Aravalli or even a day out to the shopping plaza for movies etc. Other things that I love are technology, food, cooking, short walks, swimming and dance music.

Cool introduction....seems to me - you like following your heart. Let's discuss more..

What is in your personality which you like the most?
Spontaneity and my attitude, just bring it on! :)


What is in your personality which you dislike?
I give in to fakes easily and tend to trust everyone.


What are the qualities in a man which you like?
Be a man of your word, owe up to the situation and stay honest.


What are the qualities in a woman which you like?
Passion for their goals, ambitious and not afraid to venture out.


What places you have traveled so far? What is your favorite place & why?
Of all the places I've traveled across Eastern Africa, UK & India, Goa remains my all time favorite simply for my love for the ocean. Other reasons include the spicy Goan cuisine, honesty and hospitality of the locals, beach parties and the overall ease of accomplishing things that one wants to do in Goa. Be it fishing, diving, water sports, restaurants, shopping, riding or driving around etc.


Which place you have traveled recently and how was the experience?
Goes without saying, I just came back from Goa again and it was awesome as it’s always been!


What about sharing some photographs of your Goa trip with our readers?
Yes, sure. Here you go.

Perfect place to relax

Resort where we stayed


Is there any better place for eating out than this one?


Thanks for sharing these photographs Sakar.

Can you name some of your favorite hangout places in the city you live in?
Chandani Chowk (in Delhi) for its lip smacking food & charm. Also, Mochas Vasant Kunj for its ambiance & liveliness.


Are you a foody? Which food you like the most?
Proudly yes! Mughlai, Kashmiri, Goan, Chinese & Italian. Sorry can’t choose one! 


Tell us something about your hobbies?
Traveling, EDM & Pop in music, Swimming and Technology is what I survive on.


If not in your current role, what would you want to be?
If given a chance I’d love to switch to mixing music or give swimming lessons.


How you cope up pressure situation?
I tend to detach myself from everything and go for a walk, clear my head and think afresh.


What is your mantra of life?
Very simple - Live and let live! (this seems to be very simple statement, but it's very effective)


How you start your day?
I’m not a coffee or a tea person; I simply wake up and thank almighty for everything. Do random things that make me happy. Play with my dog, take a walk around the garden, read something, wish everyone around and discuss plans for the day. Look at emails and my calendar etc.


Who is your reel life hero/heroines?
I’m a Jason Statham fan and love his work.


Which character in history (or current life) inspire you the most?
Chanakya for his wisdom (Chanakya Niti) and war heroes from the Indian army are my source of inspiration.


Your favorite movies/shows?
Top Gear, Big Bang Theory, Wheeler Dealer, Jo Jita Wohi Sikandar, Malgudi Days, Byomkesh Bakshi & all of the Jason Statham movies.


What do you think are the biggest areas for improvement in our country?
Food, Shelter & Education for everyone. It’s as basic as it can get!


Do you cast your vote every time?
I did this time and make it a point to cast my vote every time I’m in the country.


Anything which you want to share with readers who read this interview?
I’m high on life and nobody’s stopping you!

Thank you Sakar for sparing time for this interview. We wish you all the best in your life.