Resolution – 2017

Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t and start loving yourself for everything you already do ….

Time goes by pretty fast, doesn’t it? The dusk of 2016 has settled and we look forward to the dawn of 2017 and hope we will have a great year ahead with lots of promises for everyone. January feels like just yesterday, where has the year gone? Like every year, on this day (I get old by a year and this year I turned 57), I introspect how the year has been and what I wish to do next year.

I always set personal goals for myself, the family and my work place (at present Amity School of Communication, Amity University).

2016 has been highly satisfying for one reason to me. For 35 years of my professional career, I never asked any of my friends for personal favours but I made promises to help poor families to the extent I could. These people have been an integral part of my life; my successes & failures and they made sure to keep me and my family happy by virtue of their loyalty. I always thought I have to pay them back as they struggled for their Roti, Kapda & Makan and always looked up to me.

2016 brought cheers for each one of them and I will always remain indebted to my friends who helped me in my efforts. The poor people had been deprived of some basic amenities and comforts of life and I am happy I could bring smiles on their faces by doing my bit.

For past three years we have been thinking of raising a Girl Child and giving her best education and finally we succeeded in getting her admitted in one of the best schools. Am happy that she is doing well in her studies and we take pride we have adopted her.

To work for a social cause is something which brings lot of satisfaction and pride and such issues are always on top of my agenda. I am indebted to the almighty god for sending this opportunity to us and we are happy as each one in the family had this desire to contribute.

On family front Tanushree & Abhishek (Daughter & Son-in-Law) moved from Canada to London to explore Europe on their respective assignments while Son Deepanshu continued to strengthen himself in Economics and International Affairs as a Professor and proved he is a prolific writer too. He has made deep inroads in academics and gained strength in his current assignment with Jindal University. Sadhna moved to Engender Health as Counselling Specialist and once again she proved her worth in the organisation.

The year 2016 was an amalgamation of both happy and sad memories as Chachiji, the last one in the older generation in the family left us for her heavenly abode. She struggled in the last three months of her hospitalisation as she lost her speech completely. We left no stone unturned to give her best care but couldn’t fight the destiny. May her soul rest in peace.

I continue to struggle with my diabetes, Hypertension, pain in knee joints & tail bone as a result of fractures and eyes due to Glaucoma but I have learnt how to live with all these pains. There is no point complaining because I am satisfied with all the blessings that I already have.

Professionally I find myself stronger as I took up regular teaching and happy that my mentoring to a group of students helped them grow as professionals. That is what a teacher always aspire to be. New events were brought to the institute to give hands on experience to our students.

I celebrate completing eight years in Amity University. The journey has been tough but indeed a great learning experience. I don’t know whether Amity is my last destination or another change before I call it a day. I still have eight years to take up another assignment but I go by the saying Samay Se Pehle Aur Muqadar Se zyada na mila hai aur na milga? I will wait to see what is in store for me.

Now about My Resolution-2017! One should actually avoid disclosing on resolutions because you should give time to yourself to see how firm you are in your plans. But all I desire is to be able to complete the book I have been wanting to, add more value to the institution that I head and give my best to the students who are the ultimate beneficiary to grow stronger and emerge as SMJ’s Mentees.

May I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year 2017! As we move on to the New Year, make resolutions and fulfil your dreams.


Sanjay M Johri

My Journey – till 2016

Everyone has one or the other complaint about life. While for some it could be a life full of troubles, while for others it could be a balance between good times and hardships. However, no one can claim there have been no hardships along the way.

I often think about My Journey and the dangerous turns my life has often taken. When I travel down memory lane I find my life has been quite eventful with innumerable ups and downs. Surely more downs than ups but then, they have made me what I am today. I haven’t done anything too awful or regretful, but at the same time my life has been intriguingly interesting.

At times I topped in one examination but at another time, I literally failed because I was very poor in mathematics. Even today I hate numerals and accounts.

I also used to envy people who spoke good English. I thought I would never ever be able to write or speak English. I lacked confidence but today whatever I am I owe everything to my Late Professor Dr. Satendra Khera and my mentor Dr. K.S. Jayaraman. These two stalwarts have been a great source of inspiration. They are two mentors who always matter to me in every stage of my life and I never fail to salute them.

On the career front, I also did not know which profession I would finally choose. I was a trained scientist but it seems journalism was in my blood because I had the inquisitiveness to delve deep into an issue and question people. That made me a natural Reporter and I am glad I had the training in India’s best Journalism School, the Press Trust of India (PTI).

I prodded myself into teaching and became a good teacher not because of any outstanding quality within me but because I got some very good students who made me read, write and share with them. Today, they hold big positions. This gives me great satisfaction because they are only translating my dreams.

As for my health, life has spared no effort to give me pains of every kind. You name a disease, I have it but I have tried to conquer, if not live with each one of them. From a bone tumour, albeit benign (which threatened me with imminent amputation) to Glaucoma to fractures in both knees and bone grafts, I courted disease with the regularity of a top-draw sportsperson. And if there was something that was not left out, I finally ended up with a Tail Bone dislocation. For 35 long years, I have never enjoyed a single day of a pain-free life.

With a balanced and mature spouse and two wonderful children, my journey continues. I am thankful to God that despite all the ups and downs, life he has given me the strength to soldier on. Till such time that God decides that it is time for me to call it a day.

A journalist’s pen should never run dry, so I decided to launch a profile website and My Journey will highlight some of the important events which I think have proved a milestone in my life. It can be in the form of an episode, an incident, people, places or even turning points. So folks, take out your precious time to read my regular updates, and don’t forget to critique my pieces and give me the feedback to improve my reporting skills. After all, a journalist is only as good as his last news story.