Dr Rajesh Khanna spoke with our editor PRASHANT TEWARI on wide ranging issues, including his personal life. He touched the basic instinct of a professional with tremendous marketing skills
Q. “Do your Duty and Enjoy Life”, Dr. Rajesh Khanna is a dedicated professional with an inbuilt showman traits. How do you explain this rare synergy?
A.Believing in the dictum that we have control on our efforts but not the result.And believing in karma- do good unto others and good shall come back to you.Therefore whatever project I undertake I give my 100 %. I don’t get depressed if a particular project does not succeed. For it is better to have fought like a tiger and lost than to have run away from a battle.
Q. You enjoy your work because you are happy in doing it but there are many people who cannot fulfill their desired dreams hence seeking tips of art of living from successful person like yourself, suggest road map to them.
A.There is no substitute for hard work. A balanced life with time devoted to work,family, sports and creativity or hobbies. It is for sure that having a written schedule which one follows helps tremendously.Avoid binge eating or drinking.Q. What pioneering and innovative work is done in your Khanna Instiute of Lasik and Refractive Surgery ?Our main focus is on patient safety and excellent results. So we keep absorbing the latest technology and skills. A few years ago we introduced PRELEX surgery,where a person above 50 years can see far and near in each eye. Our goal is to make Khanna vision synonymous with quality of visual surgery. We also offer the latest surgical treatment for Keratoconus, where cornea is weak.
Q. It is said that eyes are the window to world, Dr. Rajesh Khanna is touching the most crucial part of the man’s imagination hence do you feel super hero in you?
A.I don’t know about feeling a superhero,but I do feel utmost happiness when a certified blind person can see again. That reward is so satisfying that all the hard work feels worthwhile.
Q. Dr Khanna is obsessed with glamour or it comes naturally to you?
A.I don’t run after glamour. I am proud of who I am, my roots and background. I am not pretentious. I think that is why Hollywood celebrities feel comfortable with me. Happiness and glamour are like a butterfly. The more you run after it the more it runs away from you. If you be patient they come and sit on your shoulders.
Q. Living in west and earning name and fame must have given tremendous satisfaction to you, do you harbor any plan to take your skills to deprived people in Asia and Africa for larger satisfaction?
A.That is the ultimate lofty goal. I have realized no one individual can do it alone.We would need the help of philanthropic businessman to support the infrastructure and execute the operations.Governmental and ophthalmic Industry help would be needed too. In this environment the best surgeons in the world can come and help the needy.
Q. Now that India is growing and west is in grip of severe recession, you have any commercial plans to touch base India in near future?
A.I think the recession in the US will end in a few years. India is special. The middle class in India is the largest in the world. And now we have some of the richest people in the world. The society and politicians are maturing too. I feel any commercial plan will have to be linked with a charitable component.
Q. What is the fundamental work difference between west and east in medical profession?
A.The emphasis laid on evidence based medicine in the west is the significant difference.Quality of surgery and the outcomes are stressed and appreciated in the Unites States.