By Vinod Mehta

An expert within the media circles, Vinod Mehta, journalist and Editor of Outlook journal, provides his lifestyles via a candid and scandalous account in his autobiography, Lucknow Boy: A Memoir.

The booklet includes a number of attention-grabbing bills, ranging from incidents in his more youthful days to his interactions with celebrities from varied spheres like company, politics, the leisure and the media. It has a number of fascinating anecdotes and crisp be aware sketches of celebrities like Shobha De, Sonia Gandhi and Salman Rushdie.

The tale begins within the urban of Lucknow, the place Mehta grew up together with his relatives, who have been refugees from Pakistan. The booklet offers an engaging account of his time in Britain, while Mehta’s journalistic pursuits have been fueled through English newspapers just like the New Statesman, The mum or dad and The day-by-day Telegraph.

It then charts his go back to Bombay, and his stint because the editor of Debonair, an Indian model of Playboy. Mehta additionally explains his early efforts in setting up The Sunday Observer and Outlook, whereas slowly changing into probably the most influential personalities in journalistic circles.

Thanks to his many years of expertise within the journalistic box, his autobiography holds a treasure chest of fascinating cases that upload spice to the booklet. He additionally stocks his worthy insights and adventure, delivering guidance for aspiring editors and journalists.

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When we had warmed ourselves up well both inside and outside, we hurried back to the boats and pushed off. Our paddlers were clever in avoiding the treacherous sandbanks which lay in ambush below the surface and betrayed their presence by a yellowish tinge in the water. Just now and again we went aground, but quickly got off again. Sometimes we glided past whole poplar trunks which had been plunged into the river by the undermining power of erosion and had stuck in some shallow in midstream. Other debris, such as dry reeds and tamarisk boughs, had clung to the stranded poplar and its branches, and gradually a little island had been formed, beside which the stream babbled melodiously.

The river was at its highest in September and October and at its lowest at the end of the summer. On April 10we woke to find a sarik-baran or. " yellow storm "-in other words, a pretty high wind, though not to be compared with a bra-bwan or " black storm ". That day, too, the swift wind came from the eastward. We defied it and set out. It was a rather rough, noisy and exciting trip. The waves thumped against the boats' sides and came on board, and I was soon sitting in a foot-bath. Everything was drenched with spray.

On April 16 we measured two more tributaries, the Gurgur and Ak-bash, carrying respectively 54 and I 34 cubic feet of water ; they came from the Inchike-daria, whose water originates in the Tien-shan and runs past Shah-yar and south of Kucha. The Gurgur arm forms a roaring waterfall 2 feet j inches high. Below it a pictur1 See page 22. D 34 THE WANDERING LAKE Waterfall on the Gurgur. esque wooden bridge crosses the tributary, which is a good 3 feet higher in autumn. All these little arms are said to come, in their last stage, from a lake or marsh, the Chongkol.

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