Hobbies

Hobbies

  • Singing
  • Pets
  • Design Lights & Shoes
  • Nature

At a very young age Rajan discovered his passion and talent for music and singing. He performed at many school & college events. He also went onto to sing on radio and TV. He has performed on several stage shows and inter college competitions and has won many awards in singing. He has an exceptionally powerful voice.

Rajan has been conferred with several national and international awards for photography, including the commonwealth photographic award for environment, the National Wildlife Photographer Award and the National Award on the theme of literacy.

He has held several solo shows including the ones at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai and Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. He was part of the five-member Jury appointed by Government of India to judge the National Art Awards, 2012

CHAI: The Experience of Indian Tea

Launched by Narendra Modi in New Delhi (INDIA) on 21st April, 2014 and in London (UK) on 1st May, 2014. It has won publishers first choice award in India, 1st prize in World Gourmet award conducted by Cordon Bleu.

[CHAI BOOK LAUNCH COVERAGE & Photo Gallery]

A very unique and interesting subject has been beautifully written and converted into a famous coffee table book by Rajan. The book covers different varieties of wonderful tea of India, from the delicate Darjeeling's, deep flavours of Assam, Nilgiri and the fragrance of the Kangras and Dooras. The book is not just about the flavor or taste of the tea but it also covers the step by step technique and timing for picking and processing also covering the origin and development of Indian teas, providing clear insights into nurturing and framing of the tea bush. Comparisons are drawn between the traditionally produced and packaged teas and the mass marketed varieties, between the rot vane orthodox method, the hand methods used for high-grade teas and the now-dominant CTC method. The book also examines the lives of the worker in simple words yet in an extraordinary way in the labor-intensive growing and picking phase. The techniques used in branding and marketing, tea auctions and e-auctions in fact every single aspect of this far-reaching enterprise, from its origins in China to its destination in the teapots of the U.K. and other parts of the world. The authors have even gone so far as to present 24 pages of recipes that use tea-not forgetting the pre-dinner cocktails!!

For more details please visit: www.indianteachai.com

Brahma's Pushkar

A coffee table book was conceptualized by Rajan and the text and design was provided by Historian and co-author of this book Aman Nath.

A small town Pushkar, 12 kms, from Ajmer in Rajasthan, is one of the most cultural & religious centres in India. It is believed that, in seeking an earthly abode, Brahma scattered lotus petals from which three lakes were formed. Identified with his lotus, this site came to be called Pushkar. The Pushkar mela, held around the Kartik Purnima (Full moon night) attracts millions of people from around the world. The fascinating hues, sights, sounds & fragrance of this unique fair attracted Rajan & he decided to share this experience via a Coffee Table book on Pushkar & the envisions.

For more details please visit : www.brahmaspushkar.com

His Passion for Reading

Rajan has taken special interest in studying ancient Indian knowledge & philosophy and tries to practice it in his daily life. He has been fortunate to be closely associated with Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Parthasarathy. He has learnt the intricacies of Vedanta & Bhagwad Geeta from these illustrious orators.

The Vedanta Treatise expounds the ancient philosophy of the Vedas. It presents the eternal principles of life and living. Living is a technisque that needs to be learnt and practised. The technique provides the formula for combining continual action with enduring peace. It further equips one with a clear intellect to meet the challenges of the world.



Rajan also has love and compassion for animals & birds. He had a lot of pets like birds, monkey, cats, pigeons & dogs. At present each unit of GPL group has well trained dogs. He makes sure that they are looked after with proper care, raised and trained in a proper manner.

As a creative person, Rajan has passion for leather and leather products. Shoes & belts obviously take priority. His shoe collection is spread over 40 years & he still proudly wear's a shoe which he got made in the 70's. He gets involved in designing & selection of the materials. He is very particular about the up keep and maintanance of his collection.

Rajan himself has designed lights as well as electrical products for which we have 20 patents.

(Lamp holders, cable blockers).

Following his interest for nature and environment he is closely working with Corbett National Park to improve facilities. He has upgraded the boarding facilities and had also been producing a calendar of the park for several years. He is also actively involved in conservation of bird life sanctuary at Delhi Golf club.