#DHRecaps | A peek into select 2019 life goals

#DHRecaps | A peek into select 2019 life goals

Actors, politicians, artistes, changemakers — New Year resolutions are for everybody. From drawing up fitness goals to working for a more inclusive society, here is what they plan to do in 2019.

Riya Kodali


Riya Kodali, city-based designer.

"This year I plan to expand; it is going to be the largest design house in Asia with every wall and corner hiding some surprise elements in it. My team and I have been working on it for the last two years now. I also look forward to bringing more value to my brand by adding sustainability to my future collections.
The changes I would like to see in the industry is more original work as it is a creative industry."

Masumi R Mewawalla


Masumi R Mewawalla, Designer

"Working hard and having a challenging attitude towards new ideas is something that I am expecting in the year to come. I am also looking for more stability in my life in all aspects - personal and professional. Breaking away from the stereotypical notions is something I want to see in the industry; this will happen only if more and more designers

insist on the idea."



Arya, actor

“I don’t believe in resolutions. I believe in setting a goal and achieving that. I am working towards Paris–Brest–Paris cycle race of 1,200 km in August; I qualified for the India round and will be registering for it in January. I am also looking forward to the release of five of my movies in the coming year.”

Nikki Galrani


Nikki Galrani, actor

“I stopped making resolutions six years ago because I never stick to them. I want to ensure that I stay focused and motivated throughout the year and do better than what I have been doing in the previous years.”


Priyank M Kharge

Priyank M Kharge, Minister of Social Welfare

“If you have a strong resolve then you don’t need a particular day to fulfil it. We are focused on bringing about massive changes in the current system. We hope to concentrate on educating and empowering the people. Employability, training in entrepreneurship and strengthening infrastructure will be the priority. We will plan to emphasise on standardising the existing procedures.”


Kalavathi Avadooth

Kalavathi Avadooth, Carnatic vocalist.

“I don’t usually make any resolutions as such. But I hope to teach my students some good compositions
this new year.”


Pravin Godkhindi

Pravin Godkhindi

“Every year, I am always in a dilemma about dividing time
between family and concerts. I am hoping to balance it out
this year. Also, I look forward to educating corporates about the importance of classical music and getting them to support the art form.”

Punya Arora

Punya Arora, stand-up comedian

"I think I have just three resolutions for 2019 - not tell people about my resolutions since resolutions are meant to be broken, this seems like a good start already; more biryani; and of course, as a comedian, working on making sure that my every next show is better than my previous one; more laughter to spread and more stages to conquer, onward and upward always!"


Narayan Manepally

Narayan Manepally, CEO of Geist

“My resolution this year is something I have tried to follow for the last decade - to live life according to the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: 'To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded'.”

Manu Chandra


Manu Chandra, chef-partner, Olive group of restaurants

"In 2019, I am hoping to push boundaries, do more exciting things with the restaurants and hopefully groom more talents. On the personal front, I have been trying to keep up with the resolution to stay fit; it just never happened. Maybe I'll get a schedule this time to make sure I don't miss my workouts. Honestly, I try not to make too many resolutions, so that I don't break them."



Randeep D


Randeep D, Additional Commissioner (Administration), BBMP

“The BBMP would be far more responsive and accessible to people in 2019. Citizens will have far more
access to information.”

Rakesh Singh


Rakesh Singh, BDA Commissioner

“BDA as a civic body will be at a better place in 2019, as we work to complete most of the projects we have undertaken. The level of satisfaction for people who approach us for issues will also be much higher. Many of the issues that existed in 2018 are expected to dissolve
by the next year. Around Rs 3,000 crore has been sanctioned to BDA to complete infrastructure works, and we are on the right pace.”


Sandhya Menon

Sandhya Menon, journalist and #MeToo campaigner

"I am looking forward to the discourse continuing in 2019. The sheer number of people who ask about why I didn't go through due process and called out people on social media is shocking. I hope for more conversations in the media on gender parity and safe workspaces. I hope to be working in this field by creating awareness, like reaching out to college students through workshops on workplace harassment etc.
On a personal note, I want to examine everything carefully and not take extreme stands on something, just because I feel something about a certain person or topic."


Sundeep Rao

Sundeep Rao, stand-up comedian

"To evolve as a human being and annoy vegans."







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