Kuldip Nayar is one of the most prominent journalists thatIndia has had. He is author several books, most of which are drawn from his experiences as journalist. This is the first and only book that I have read of his and it gives you an impression of someone who has lead an interesting life, having lived through the partition and doing stories around the people who more or less shaped the post independence India and sub-continent. His primary area of interest is politics and politicians. He had been a keen observer of various political personalities and their political behaviors. Being born inSialkot, which is now inPakistan and someone who chose to be inIndia during partition, he has keen interest in bothIndia andPakistan and shared a good friendship with politicians on both sides of the border.

This particular book is about some of the interesting and important stories he did during his long career in journalism. He talks not only about the situation and the people involved in the stories but very interestingly about how he made people give away confidential information to him for his stories or scoops. At times it was because of his long standing relationship that he managed to get the information, at times he provoked people to speak up and at times he collected bits and pieces from various places and then stitched them together to put the whole story together. Having been the information officer of two prime ministers of the country, he was privy to a lot of information, some of which he has shared in this book.

There is a story of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death inTashkentwith all last minute graphic details, there is a story of how he found out about Bhutto’s hanging when no one including Bhutto wanted to believe it. There is story about him finding out the presence of nuclear bomb inPakistanfrom its top scientist when no one knew about it. There is a story about his one article which shifted the scales in favor of Shastri instead of Morarji Desai after Nehru’s death. There is a story about Vajpayee’s bus journey toLahore, where again he was a part of the troupe.

You may already know the outline of most of the stories in the book, but what each story gives you is an insight into the situation, the people involved and Kuldip’s strategic ways to extract information from various people and then weave it into the story. You would enjoy reading most of them.

Thanks Vineeta for gifting me this book.

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