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LUCKNOW BOY : A MEMOIR (English)

Author: MEHTA VINOD
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Lucknow Boy: A Memoir is an autobiography of the journalist and Editor of Outlook magazine, Vinod Mehta. It charts his journey from the streets of Lucknow to the higher echelons of India’s major media agencies.

Summary of the Book

An authority in the media circles, Vinod Mehta, journalist and Editor of Outlook magazine, presents his life through a candid and scandalous account in his autobiography, Lucknow Boy: A Memoir.  
 
The book contains several interesting accounts, starting from incidents in his younger days to his interactions with celebrities from different spheres like business, politics, the entertainment industry and the media. It has several interesting anecdotes and crisp word sketches of celebrities like Shobha De, Sonia Gandhi and Salman Rushdie.

The story starts in the city of Lucknow, where Mehta grew up with his family members, who were refugees from Pakistan. The book provides an interesting account of his time in Britain, when Mehta’s journalistic interests were fueled by English newspapers like The New Statesman, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

It then charts his return to Bombay, and his stint as the editor of Debonair, an Indian version of Playboy. Mehta also explains his early efforts in establishing The Sunday Observer and Outlook, while slowly turning into one of the most influential personalities in journalistic circles.

Thanks to his decades of experience in the journalistic field, his autobiography holds a treasure chest of interesting instances that add spice to the book. He also shares his valuable insights and experience, providing tips for aspiring editors and journalists.

About Vinod Mehta

Vinod Mehta is best known for being the Editor-in-chief of Outlook Magazine, a position that he maintained till the end of January 2012. He now serves as an advisor to the publication.

Mehta has written some other books, and they include:

Meena Kumari
Mr Editor, How Close Are You to The PM?
Bombay: A Private View
The Sanjay Story

Vinod Mehta’s style of writing is informal and very direct, true to his journalistic roots. In this book, his style is anecdotal and irreverent.

Vinod Mehta’s wife, Sumita Paul, is also a journalist. She has worked for The Sunday Times and The Pioneer.

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Author MEHTA VINOD
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Publisher VIKING (PENGUIN)
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9780670085293
ISBN-10 0670085294
Language English
Binding Hardcover
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11 Nov 2011
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SHED HYPOCRISY - FEEL LIGHTER

After reading Lucknow Boy, everyone is certain to feel lighter by shedding a little hypocrisy, except those to whom he has referred in his memoir. Very well narrated. You never realise when you turned all the pages. If few more such memoirs are written, then celebrities will not have anything to celebrate and common people would not regret for being common.

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14 Nov 2011
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Atta Boy !!!

What a memoir, way back I read your book on Sanjay Gandhi - you have come a long way boy. All said and done this one takes the cake, its not only a page turner but is also a breeze. In this age of techno-gimmicks, this book has the old world charm about it. You cannot find too many faults with the man, and even if you find some, in the course of the book you will find he had already owned them up.

Its a must read for -
1. Anyone who has remotely anything to do with journalism (lessons to learn)
2. Anyone who think he/she posses an iota of sense of humour (a la lucknow style)
3. All th...
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What a memoir, way back I read your book on Sanjay Gandhi - you have come a long way boy. All said and done this one takes the cake, its not only a page turner but is also a breeze. In this age of techno-gimmicks, this book has the old world charm about it. You cannot find too many faults with the man, and even if you find some, in the course of the book you will find he had already owned them up.

Its a must read for -
1. Anyone who has remotely anything to do with journalism (lessons to learn)
2. Anyone who think he/she posses an iota of sense of humour (a la lucknow style)
3. All th...
What a memoir, way back I read your book on Sanjay Gandhi - you have come a long way boy. All said and done this one takes the cake, its not only a page turner but is also a breeze. In this age of techno-gimmicks, this book has the old world charm about it. You cannot find too many faults with the man, and even if you find some, in the course of the book you will find he had already owned them up.

Its a must read for -
1. Anyone who has remotely anything to do with journalism (lessons to learn)
2. Anyone who think he/she posses an iota of sense of humour (a la lucknow style)
3. All the new-age editors who played along or for that matter did not play along Raja of 2G

Will wait for the next one from his stable.

4 of 4 users found this review helpful.
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19 Jun 2012
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Entertaining...but not enlightening

Vinod Mehta spares no one in this thoroughly entertaining and delightful book. If you are looking for a light reading material and are interested in gossip and malice, this book is for you. You will not be disappointed as along as you do not expect anything academic or serious

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01 Feb 2012
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Inspirational

When I first read the title of this book, it appealed me becoz I belong to the same city. After reading the book I feel proud of his achievements. His journey from Debonair to Outlook is inspirational. This book is written very simply and captures so well the old world charm of Lucknow. His personal overviews on political situations and various political leaders are a joy to read to. Overall, a great book by a master journalist.

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29 Jan 2012
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Captivating

I was always a fan of Vinod Mehta - whether it is his last page column in 'Outlook' or his views on TV, his unique observations, keen insights and the way he presents it right across you kept you captivated. The moment I knew he had come up with a memoir I wanted to grab a copy. Thanks to Flipkart the book was in my house on the 4th day.
And Vinod Mehta has made me a greater fan after reading 'Lucknow Boy'! His description of the sixties Lucknow, the general psyche of the youth, his life, the twists and turns and above all speaking from the heart. I read through the book in three days.Here...
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I was always a fan of Vinod Mehta - whether it is his last page column in 'Outlook' or his views on TV, his unique observations, keen insights and the way he presents it right across you kept you captivated. The moment I knew he had come up with a memoir I wanted to grab a copy. Thanks to Flipkart the book was in my house on the 4th day.
And Vinod Mehta has made me a greater fan after reading 'Lucknow Boy'! His description of the sixties Lucknow, the general psyche of the youth, his life, the twists and turns and above all speaking from the heart. I read through the book in three days.Here...
I was always a fan of Vinod Mehta - whether it is his last page column in 'Outlook' or his views on TV, his unique observations, keen insights and the way he presents it right across you kept you captivated. The moment I knew he had come up with a memoir I wanted to grab a copy. Thanks to Flipkart the book was in my house on the 4th day.
And Vinod Mehta has made me a greater fan after reading 'Lucknow Boy'! His description of the sixties Lucknow, the general psyche of the youth, his life, the twists and turns and above all speaking from the heart. I read through the book in three days.Here is a man who opens up his life and his thinking. You need guts to write such a memoir - and you also need a beautiful language. There is also his pearls of wisdom in the end for the budding journalists. I would recommend this for all. This also shows there are people who have worked fearlessly, neither fearing failure or the powers around and challenged themselves throughout their life. For me it is a motivator.
Suresh Varma

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Reflects the editor's personality. Very interesting and pacy.

Thumbs up to Vinod Mehta for such a well written work. But I suspect he is a BJP basher and biased towards the Congress. He chose not to change this perception. (View complete review)

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Read it, if you are a Vinod Mehta Fan

If you are a fan of Mr. Mehta, then this book is a must read. Though, personally I would have liked a little more of him in this book, but ultimately, you can't put all your life's event in a book. It's not humanly possible. I specially liked the part where he tells about his life in Lucknow and... (View complete review)

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Uncovers Life of a Challenger

Great Book!!Depicts Life of a person who is never afraid of Challenging established norms.An autobiography straight from the heart!!! (View complete review)

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Nice stuff

Mehta's writing is fluid. His previous book, Mr Editor, how close are you to the PM? didn't disappoint, and this won't disappoint fans either. This isn't recommended for readers looking for the inner workings of the press-political relationship. Mehta is too decent ??? or discreet, depending on y... (View complete review)

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