Yesterday, KP, as he is popularly known, blogged about a remembrance ad in The Indian Express for a reporter who was killed in a blast in Uttar Pradesh two years ago. In the same post, KP has also provided links to obituaries of well-known journalists, many of whom were legends in their lifetime and whose careers we would do well to emulate. (The only person on the list who is not a media professional is T.N. Shanbag, the founder-proprietor of Strand Book Stall in Mumbai, who is hailed by KP as "the man who educated Bombay journalists".)
Here is the list in its entirety:
Alfred D’Cruz: ToI’s first Indian sub-editor
Tarun Sehrwat, 22 and killed in the line of duty
Chari, a lens legend at The Hindu
Harishchandra Lachke: A pioneering cartoonist
T.N. Shanbag: Man who educated Bombay journos
Rajan Bala: cricket writer of cricket writers
- I knew Rajan Bala as both journalist and friend. I first met him in Dubai in 1991 — I was working with the Khaleej Times then and he had come over to cover the Sharjah cricket tournament for an Indian newspaper (I think it was The Indian Express). I accompanied him to a couple of games and I have to say it was a great privilege to sit in the press box alongside Rajan as he pronounced judgment on some of the greatest cricketers the subcontinent has produced. Waqar Younis was a rookie then, but I remember Rajan telling me after watching him bowl to Sachin and Co. that Waqar would soon be hailed as one of the world's best pacemen. We spent a lot of time together in Bangalore afterwards talking about cricket, books, and the English language. Rajan was a character and a phenomenon and the tributes to him are richly deserved.
- Jyoti Sanyal's book, Indlish: The Book for Every English-Speaking Indian, is one I recommend to all my students. Read about it here: "The book you must read to rid your English of Indlish. In other words, read this book to learn to write plain English."
Sabina Sehgal Saikia: The resident food writer
M.G. Moinuddin: The self-taught newspaper designer
Naresh Chandra Rajkhowa: Journo who broke Dalai Lama story
J. Dey: When eagles are silent, parrots jabber
E. Raghavan: Ex-ET, TOI, Vijaya Karnataka editor
Prakash Kardaley: When god cries when the best arrive
Pratima Puri: India’s first TV news reader passes away
Tejeshwar Singh: A baritone falls silent watching the cacophony
N.S. Jagannathan: Ex-editor of Indian Express
K.M. Mathew: chief of editor of Malayala Manorama
Amita Malik: the ‘first lady of Indian media’
K.R. Prahlad: In the end, death becomes a one-liner
M.R. Shivanna: A 24×7 journalist is no more
C.P. Chinnappa: A song for an unsung hero
V.N. Subba Rao: a ‘shishya’ remembers his Guru
Dicky Rutnagur, an ekdum first-class dikra
- ALSO READ: "Remembering Behram Contractor".
- ADDITIONAL READING: Krishna Prasad's recommendations — "WHAT TO READ" if you want to become a journalist or want to know more about journalism or if you simply want to become a better writer.