Sajeev Sharma

Sajeev Sharma is a flamboyant 34 year old artist who’s been married to his wife Sangeeta for more than nine years. His flashy style is the bane of her existence. He’s outgoing, and loves the spotlight, but his wife Sangeeta often gets left in the shadows. Can Sajeev become a considerate gentleman in time for their tenth anniversary?


Sajeev sharma is a gregarious artist and bon vivant who loves to celebrate his anniversary in a loud and lavish manner but his wife, Sangeeta, is the absolute opposite and wants their tenth anniversary to be different. But is Sajeev capable of change?


Sajeev and Sangeeta met in a traditional, arranged marriage in their native India and their marriage has lasted despite their differences. One year ago, Sajeev and Sangeeta decided to move to North America to provide a better life for their four year old son Sammy…


Sajeev is a true artist with a flare for colour and pageantry…on previous anniversaries, Sajeev’s gestures have been more about expressing his extravagance and less about showing love for his wife…

Sangeeta’s taste in presents tends to go towards simple, natural beauty…while Sajeev isn’t interested in anything that doesn’t shine or sparkle.

Sajeev certainly does love a party…while Sangeeta would be happy to have a quiet romantic dinner.

Sajeev also goes way over the top with his wardrobe choices…


Sangeeta has been a good wife to Sajeev and he knows that she deserves an anniversary celebration that will truly reflect her personality. Sajeev is finally coming to realize he’s got to tone it all down. He knows this tenth anniversary is an opportunity to finally get it right from Sangeeta’s point of view…but any plan he comes up with will need to take Sangeeta’s taste into consideration for a change…

If i’m to change this gregarious, self-regarding peacock into an attentive, considerate gentleman, it will take all of my skills and all of the resources at the Gentleman’s Academy.

We have three days to fine tune Sajeev’s elaborate style to one befitting a true gentleman. Mostly, we need to turn his attention from himself to his loyal and loving wife to give Sangeeta that intimate moment she wants for their tenth anniversary…

Is three days enough time to turn a man child like Sajeev into a mature, thoughtful husband? Only time will tell.



Day One: Gentleman’s Academy
Here at the academy, as I get late riser Sajeev out of bed, my colleague and romantic fact finder Asha Daniere is on her way to speak with Sangeeta to get her take on the situation…


The results are disconcerting. Sajeev has not only ignored Sangeeta’s needs, he’s never given any thought to how he behaves in public…We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us here.

I’ve brought Sajeev to the Gentleman’s Academy dining room for a lesson in something he’s never done a day in his life…proper table setting.

I’ve asked sajeev to set the table on his own, just to get an idea of how much finessing he actually requires.


And it looks like it’s going to take quite a bit to get Sajeev up to gentleman standard.

A break from all the hard work, it’s time for Asha to sit down with Sajeev for a cocktail and share what she’s learned from Sangeeta…

Asha’s report is as expected, Sajeev needs to pare down his elaborate instincts and learn how to be intimate with his wife. I’ve brought in a friend -- Rajat Naik, intimacy coach, to help Sajeev with the task…


Rajat proposes that Sajeev needs to come in touch with his inner self through meditation. He has asked Sajeev to repeat a mantra, a word or phrase that will help him focus while he meditates…

Day Two: Gentleman’s Academy
In part two of my dinner etiquette lesson, I’ve enlisted the help of Asha, who’ll be sitting in for Sangeeta at the upcoming anniversary dinner…


Okay, maybe we’ll have more luck if we shift the focus to wardrobe. Sajeev and I are on our way to visit Lee Romberg of ‘Off The Cuff Resale Designer Menswear’ where we’ll be selecting a suit that will be a departure for him…


So much for dressing the man, now for more practice dressing the table…But this, Sajeev is on his own.



Day Three: Gentleman’s Academy
Here at the Gentleman’s Academy, Sajeev Sharma is attempting to organize an intimate, thoughtful tenth anniversary dinner for his loving wife Sangeeta.

Today’s task: toning his extravagant spending way down… and his spiritual energy way up…

I’ve sent Asha to take Sajeev to buy an anniversary gift for Sangeeta… the trick being to focus not on himself, but what she would like…

Will Sajeev be able to buy a meaningful gift with very little money – but very big thoughtfulness…


Well, the gift buying challenge wasn’t a huge success. I’m extremely worried that Sajeev isn’t quite getting it yet. I’ve called back intimacy coach Rajat for a house call at the Gentleman’s Academy…

Sajeev has lost a lot of his normal bravado but is still having a great deal of frustration building his intimacy skills. For the first time in his life, Sajeev is trying to put down on paper his romantic feelings for Sangeeta. Will he be able to uncover his innermost emotions in time for the crucial tenth anniversary dinner?



Day Three: Gentleman’s Academy
It’s Sajeev Sharma’s final day here at the Gentleman’s Academy, and it’s the moment of truth for this flashy artist and his ten year marriage.

We’ve been getting him to focus on understanding the dining table, finding intimacy, and working on his thoughtfulness, all of which need to be ready in time for his tenth anniversary dinner…

Asha is escorting Sangeeta to the mysterious intimate anniversary setting… we’ve chosen St. Anne’s Resort and Spa, a historical country, inn which should be the ideal location for a truly intimate occasion.


After agonizing about our twenty dollar gift challenge, Sajeev has finally settled on something simple that Sangeeta should love – dried wildflowers…

As Sangeeta gets out of the GROOMED limousine, she’s getting anxious about what she’ll see. Will Sangeeta be pleased with her husband’s transformation?


From Sangeeta’s reaction, it looks like Sajeev has really hit the mark. Now let’s see how hedoes with his inexpensive but meaningful gift.


Sangeeta looks thrilled. Sajeev seems to be making all the right moves… but will he be able to say all the right things?

Dinner is a hit and Sangeeta looks appreciative to be able to spend some intimate time with her husband. Now is the moment of truth. Can Sajeev express his feelings for his wife, in words, for the first time in their marriage?


Well done Sajeev! In only three days we’ve managed to turn Sajeev into a true gentleman. And we’ve turned the lovely Sangeeta into a truly happy wife.

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