Daily Archives: 29 May 2007

VINOD MEHTA on what to read, how to write

Vinod Mehta is India’s Last Great Editor. As puppy publishers, egged on by tobacco peddlers, softdrinks salesmen, and milkpowder accountants with calculators, strip Indian journalism of its relevance and conscience with a vengeance, the editor-in-chief of Outlook holds a mirror to what could have been. And as puppet editors sway with the wind and sidle…

A pro is one who doesn’t get bogged down

Admit it. There are times when you are struck by a writer’s block, and stuck for ideas, stuck for motivation. How do you get around it? Either you can sit around moaning hoping for things to improve, or you can click your mouse and pursue your muse. A group writing project came up with 37…

The New York Times has left the building

Chronicling history—and chronicling history in the making—is a vital function of the media. But it is not adequately done in Indian media, where the accent, partly dictated by manpower, partly by finances, and mostly by lack of vision, is on the here and now. The New York Times is soon to decamp from its Times…