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Lucknow Boy: A Memoir is the autobiography of the esteemed Indian journalist, Vinod Mehta. It charts his journey from the streets of Lucknow to the elite strata of India’s most famous media names.
Summary of the Book
Vinod Mehta presents his life story in this candid and controversial account. It begins with his childhood in Lucknow and talks about his growth as a celebrity, who now belongs to the higher echelons of Indian media. His acquaintances belong to different circles like politics, cinema, business and media. The book also contains crisp anecdotes on other renowned figures like Salman Rushdie, Sonia Gandhi, and Shobhaa De. The autobiography talks about the days he spent at The New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, and as the Editor of Debonair. Mehta explains his efforts in establishing Outlook and The Sunday Observer in the initial stages. Based on his vast experience, this autobiography holds a treasure chest of inspiring and interesting instances from his life.
About Vinod Mehta
Vinod Mehta is a veteran Indian journalist. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Outlook India. He graduated from Lucknow University and worked with a series of popular publications including The Sunday Observer, The Independent and The Pioneer. He is now an advisor to Outlook India magazine, and is a frequent panellist on debates on various Indian news channels. Some of his other works are: Bombay: A Private View, The Sanjay Story, Mr Editor, How Close are You to the PM? and Lucknow Boy: A Memoir.
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Mar 15, 2015
Lucknow lovers must read
Feb 9, 2015
Jul 10, 2014
Reflects the editor's personality. Very interesting and pacy.
Feb 25, 2014
Read it, if you are a Vinod Mehta Fan
Jan 14, 2014
Uncovers Life of a Challenger
Nov 11, 2011
SHED HYPOCRISY - FEEL LIGHTERAfter 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.
Dr. Jitendra Sharma, IMT, Nagpur
Nov 14, 2011
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.
Feb 1, 2012
InspirationalWhen 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.
Jun 19, 2012
Entertaining...but not enlighteningVinod 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
Jan 29, 2012
CaptivatingI 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.
Jan 12, 2012
Meeting the Lucknow BoyAll in all, I am really glad to have met the Boy from Lucknow. He confirms my view of the world that random good things happen even to random people who have a conviction, a faith in their heart. A faith that guides all their actions focused towards attaining a fulfilling life. I once read a joke which went:
Dec 6, 2011
Lucknow Boy: MemoirAmazing! You can never start learning and learning to be honest is the toughest of them. This memoir teaches you a lesson or two on this fundamental aspect of life. If being honest means taking pot shots on others and geting loads of them on your face, then one does need to watch out. Mr. Mehta's book can help us understand what superficiality means. Just love the disoriented start of the book and thats where the strength of the book lies. A whole bunch of people out there can relate to how unfocused starts do not mean an unfocused end. Yes one does need to keep the mind open and carry on fro… (Expand)
B ANAND SHETTY
Nov 26, 2011
UNDOUBTEDLY RACY,RELISHING MEMOIR!YES,I STAND BY THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY MY FRIEND MANJU..THE INTRODUCTION PART ITSELF IS ENOUGH TO WEIGH THE QUALITY OF VINOD MEHTA'S WRITING (NO DOUBT HE IS AN EXCELLENT WRITER)..THE BOOK ENSURES AN ENTHRALLED READING..IT ALSO UNRAVELS FEW UNKNOWN N UNEARTHED FACTS N INCIDENTS OF CELEBRITIES..REMARKABLY A CANDID MEMOIR BY AN EXTRAORDINARY EDITOR OF RECENT TIMES... EXCELLENTLY CRAFTED N PRESENTED BY VM...KUDOS...
Nov 25, 2011
Fourth Estate ExplainedWhen I ordered the book, i didn't know what to expect...
Mar 15, 2015
Lucknow lovers must readI liked his candid attitude of Auther, Chractrars , specialy all Character- friend mentioned are very interesting,