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Have been a journalist working in Uttar Pradesh for the last 30 years. Have worked with the best publications including India Today, The Times of India, Dainik Jagran

Background Information

I ventured into journalism quite by chance. During my first year in graduation, a stage when one prepares for all kinds of competitions; I saw this small advertisement in THE PIONEER, one of the oldest English dailies for a two-year training in journalism. When I appeared in the written test, my only interest was to get some kind of a certificate, which might come in handy for my career elsewhere. The profession always fascinated me but I never really fancied my chances in this field. But after the first taste of this profession decided the course of my career. Journalism has now become an inseparable part of my personality. I was just 20 when I started my apprenticeship with THE PIONEER in September 1978. THE PIONEER absorbed me in its staff in May 1979; much before my apprenticeship was over, acknowledging my abilities to handle anything and everything thoroughly and professionally. This is my 26th year in journalism. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the top editors of the country like Aroon Purie, Girilal Jain, Inder Malhotra, Suman Dubey, T.N. Ninan, Inderjit Badhwar, SN Ghosh to name a few. As I look back now, I believe that I could have never stepped on a better option as my career. Now I have worked for all kinds of vehicles in this profession - print and television, newspapers, magazines and Internet news. I am one of the few journalists who is bilingual and has worked for English and Hindi publications/channels of repute. I am expert on Uttar Pradesh affairs on the panels of most of the popular TV news networks. Currently I am working as the News Editor with The Times of India's Lucknow edition. I strongly believe in reaching out to the commen man and try to talk his language with my writings. Always creating a reader connect and telling a story in as simple a format as possible are the crafts I have carefully developed in all these years.

Birth Place
Jalandhar,  India

Have covered the top politicians of the country including Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, VP Singh, Chandrashekhar, Atal Behari Vajpai, Narayan Datt Tiwari, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kanshi Ram, Mayawati, Kalyan Singh. Have reported the Ayodhya tangle since it started in 1984 and covered the demolition of the Babri mosque in 1992 for India Today magazine. I have also covered journalistic assignments in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Mauritius, China, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Have two books under my belt - one on journalism titled "The Special Correspondent", another a collection of satires in Hindi called "Kyunki Ye Dil Hai Hindustani".

Contact Information
The Times of India
M 1/55 Sector-B Aliganj Scheme Opp. old RTO office
Lucknow  226020   India
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