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Three books by renowned journalists launched
Recently three books, written by renowned journalists - Tarun Tajpal, Madhu Trehan and Raza Elahi - were launched in Delhi. All three books have received good reviews from the critics. The books throw light on journalism as an art and as a living.
IN A quick span of one month, three books from three different Delhi-based journalists have been released, a fact connoisseurs of books loved to relish. Editor-in-chief of Tehelka Tarun Tajpal’s second book ’The Story of My Assassins’ was released at a function in the Capital on Monday. The book, which is published by HarperCollins and priced Rs 495, tracks the story of a journalist.

Senior journalist Madhu Trehan’s much awaited book, ’Prism Me A Lie Tell Me A Truth: Tehelka As Metaphor’ is published by Roli Books and is priced Rs 595.

Atlantic Publishers and Distributors recently came out with ’How to Become A Good Journalist’, written by Raza Elahi, a journalist working with The Economic Times. Elahi is a familiar face in the Capital’s Fleet Street (Press Area, ITO) and is actively involved in the field of print journalism.

According to Elahi, who has worked with Khaleej Times (Dubai), The Financial Express and The Pioneer (Delhi) in various capacities, ’How to Become A Good Journalist’ is immensely helpful for budding journalists in enhancing their editing, reporting and writing skills. It also refreshes the skill-set of those already in the profession. The book tells a lot about news selection, common errors, feature writing and freelance journalism. It is priced Rs 250 (hard bind) and Rs 75 (paperback).

’Prism Me A Lie Tell Me A Truth: Tehelka As Metaphor’ is a meticulously researched and authentic account of Operation West End, the biggest undercover news story by Tehelka. It includes 40 personal interviews with the heroes and villains of the story. Describing about the book, its publisher Pramod Kapoor said, “When Tehelka first broke the scandal Operation West End in 2001, we discussed the idea with Madhu to put this episode together. The time period of nine months stretched to six years, as Madhu uncovered layers of truth and lies. The initial draft ran into 1,800 pages.”

Recollecting the circumstances of writing ’The Story of My Assassins’, Tejpal said at the book launch function, “In 2003, after the scam, my colleague and I were informed of the fact that somebody had taken out a contract in Pakistan to kill us both, hoping to create a nationwide outrage that could have been effective in toppling the then BJP government.”

But the fact soon metamorphosed into fiction, and he found himself making times to write a book that promises to change the way we look at the world around us. A muscular, incisive and deeply sardonic comment on 21st century India, ’The Story of My Assassins’ is a multi-layered novel that skillfully slashes through the subcontinent’s dubious spiritual serenity to lay bare every crippling divide of language, wealth and class.

Like many others, Dr Syed Aijazuddin, ex-JNUite and an avid book lover, is looking forward to read all these recent launches. “I have read ’How to Become A Good Journalist’ and will soon read the other books,” he said.

“Based on content, style and insight by redefining and expanding journalistic expertise, ’How to Become A Good Journalist’ merits appreciation from a layman to uninitiated to acclaimed journalists. The writer’s expression on the nitty-gritty of desk job and journalistic ethos reflect his unequivocal understanding of the art of journalism, besides, his magnanimity of sharing experience and knowledge for the benefit of one and all without any malice or egoistic extrapolation,” added Dr Aijazuddin.

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