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A chat with Manoj Kohli

Sports, for Manoj Kohli is a discipline, music an inspiration and Mahatma Gandhi his idol, reports M Rajendran.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2007, 18:35 IST
M Rajendran
M Rajendran

A weak student till Class IX, he transformed himself to be a bright student by determination and secured a Bachelors degree in Commerce and Law and then Masters in Business Administration from Delhi University. Sports, for Manoj Kohli is a discipline, music an inspiration and Mahatma Gandhi his idol.

Family life means:

My family is precious to me. My parents, wife, daughters and I stay, eat, play and pray together. A happy and contended family adds strength and purpose to my life. My values and positive spirit can be attributed to the support I get from my family that includes 'Simba' our dog.

When not in office can be found at:

I love to spend time with my family at home or eating out and enjoying together during evenings and with my school pals on weekends and holidays.


I was a voracious reader during school and college days and had an appetite for two novels or other interesting books a day. Now I read books on new developments across the world. My favourite authors are Thomas Hardy, Alistair MacLean, PG Wodehouse, Prem Chand and Sarat Chandra Chatterjee.

Ideal holiday means:

My elder daughter and I prefer hills and mountains while the younger one and my wife like the beaches. So, our holidays are alternated between the two — Love to drive through small towns across various countries while learning about different societies.

Sports is:

It is a discipline, as I walk and jog everyday and also practice yoga. I still continue to play Squash.

What's your passion?

To help the under privileged children in acquiring a better future.

Music is:

An inspiration to enjoy life and also a means to bring a calming effect on me.

Turning point in life:

Class IX. When I turned over from being a weak student to a bright one and realised that I can change things with sheer grit and dedication. And birth of my first daughter transformed me to become a person with a higher degree of responsibility towards my family.


Mahatma Gandhi, who ventured always against the tide and still stood firm on his values and Nelson Mandela, who demonstrated the powers of his teachings.

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