• VPR Revisited: The Life and Times of an Extraordinary Journalist

1940. At a railway station in South India, an 18-year old armed with typewriting and shorthand certificates, climbs aboard a train. What follows is an incredible journey to India’s west and east, to the north and beyond the border- the tale of how an army clerk in Pune stumbled into journalism and scaled in the heights of the Indian press.

In this book, Ankitha Cheerakathil elegantly brings alive the story of V.P. Ramachandran, former editor of the Mathrubhumi and once a senior journalist in Lutyens’ Delhi. Her chronicles of VPR’s rise from a teleprinter operator to the corridors of the Prime Minister’s office reveals a man propelled by ambition and hard work, and undeterred by difficulties at home. In the process, VPR revisited also offers us an underdog’s glimpses of the culture of news agency journalism.

Be it diplomacy or war, party politics or personalities, VPR enjoyed a ringside view. Thus, read here about Nehru’s humanity and Bhutto’s humour, what happened when journalists met soldiers in the 1962 war, news running ahead of events during the Congress split, and how journalism is sometimes about not reporting the big decision.

Pages: 175
Size: Demy 1/8
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 2013 November

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VPR Revisited: The Life and Times of an Extraordinary Journalist

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