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LUCKNOW BOY : A MEMOIR (English)

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Author: MEHTA VINOD
Language: English
Publisher: PENGUIN VIKING
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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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Book Details
Publisher PENGUIN VIKING
ISBN-10 0670085294
Publication Year 2011
Language English
ISBN-13 9780670085293
Binding Hardcover
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Author MEHTA VINOD
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Reviews of LUCKNOW BOY : A MEMOIR (English) (Hardcover)

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Ashish Jha

Mar 15, 2015

Lucknow lovers must read

I liked his candid attitude of Auther, Chractrars , specialy all Character- friend mentioned are very interesting,
Author was very good TT player, I liked it as I also paly table tenis
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Paddy Nair

Feb 9, 2015

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Fabulous Memoir

A must read ! Both this and its sequel ! Here is an individual who was demonstrably in trouble for espousing "freedom of the press".Throughout his long career,he was never labelled or associated with any other body.Surprisingly frank and unvarnished.Very frank about himself also ! Eminently readable… (View complete review)
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Nitin Nigam

Jul 10, 2014

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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.
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Nayan Basu

Feb 25, 2014

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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 the… (View complete review)
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Harsh Shekhar

Jan 14, 2014

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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!!!

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MANJUNATH MELED

Nov 11, 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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Dr. Jitendra Sharma, IMT, Nagpur

Nov 14, 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 the n
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D Singh

Feb 1, 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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Harsh Goyal

Jun 19, 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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Suresh Varma

Jan 29, 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 is
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Gaurav Kumar

Jan 12, 2012

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Meeting the Lucknow Boy

All 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:

“A writer dies and reaches the portal to God’s kingdom. His sins and good deeds are weighed and by a queer chance they balance out in number. God ponders it over and offers the writer a chance to visit both hell and heaven before deciding where he is to be sent. First off he’s taken to wr
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Sharad Kapoor

Dec 6, 2011

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Lucknow Boy: Memoir

Amazing! 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
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B ANAND SHETTY

Nov 26, 2011

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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...
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Harish Reddy

Nov 25, 2011

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Fourth Estate Explained

When I ordered the book, i didn't know what to expect...
I've thoroughly enjoyed reading it, it's a definite page turner...
Whoever was/is interested in understanding the Fourth Estate ought to read it...
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Ashish Jha

Mar 15, 2015

Lucknow lovers must read

I liked his candid attitude of Auther, Chractrars , specialy all Character- friend mentioned are very interesting,
Author was very good TT player, I liked it as I also paly table tenis
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