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Nothing Novel About It

A flimsily masked autobiographical take on the sins of the Indian media

Nothing Novel About It
Nothing Novel About It
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Hers is a familiar face on the idiot box. She has headed newspapers and magazines. Married to the chief of a public sector giant with two grown-up daughters, she continues to write extensively alongside her career as a television newscaster and anchor. She, as the blurb on her fictionalised autobiography - presented as a novel - puts it, found herself at a disadvantage on two counts: because she was not a man and, more importantly, chose to be a Hindi-language journalist.

But Mrinal Pande overcame these limitations to rise to the pinnacle of her profession. Now she wants to tell the world that those who insist on communicating in Hindi are second-class citizens in the big, bad world of Indian media. Worse, the great pillar of the country's democracy is dominated by a petty, English-speaking elite who are often out of sync with the reality that is Bharatvarsha.

Is there something unique about a fictionalised autobiography? Or do most authors invariably draw on their personal experiences to attract the...

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