Tarun Tejpal – India

Linked with our presentation of Tehelka – the people’s paper – India.

And linked with our presentation of For whom the bell tolls.

He said in an interview about his book ‘the alchemy of desire’: (excerpt) ” … yes, the book’s strongest characters are female, and the book is decidedly very pro-female. Personally, I just think women are far, far more interesting than men. It has to do with their immense layering, an emotional ‘nuancing’ that is the creation of millennia of facing up to difficult odds. In comparison, men are almost two dimensional, emotionally and sexually lesser beings. Yes, most of the important people in my life are female — mother, sister, wife, daughters, colleagues, friends. Yes, they are changing — no options: The future belongs to women, but they are changing at too slow a pace. The north, of course, could certainly do with a dramatic behaviour reorientation. Mostly very badly behaved, I have to say … ” (Read the whole interview on this rediff.com page).

Tarun Tejpal – India

TARUN TEJPAL is CEO and editor-in-chief of tehelka, an Web-only news and literary site based in New Delhi — and one of India’s most well-known editors. Since its founding in March 2000, two of the site’s stories have brought it international attention: its investigation of a cricket match-fixing scandal and its sting operation that exposed corruption in the Indian defense establishment.

Till March 1, 2000, Tarun was the managing editor of Outlook, India’s premier weekly newsmagazine. In an 18-year career, he has reported for The Indian Express and The Telegraph, and been an editor with the India Today and The Indian Express groups. He is a co-founder of the publishing house IndiaInk, which first published Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. (Read more on SAJA.org).

Exerpt of an interview – Q : Your book has been called a complex chemistry between sex, ambition and love . What else is there in it? A: I think there is a lot of India in there. There is a lot about illusion and history, all of which are part of the story and the book. (Read the whole interviw on channel news Asia).

Bio: Tarun J Tejpal is a journalist and publisher. In a 22-year career, he has been an editor with the India Today and The Indian Express groups, and the managing editor of Outlook, one of India’s premier newsmagazines. He has also written for several international publications, including The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Financial Times and Prospect. In March 2000, he left Outlook to start Tehelka.com—a news-and-views magazine on the net that has broken ground with its sting investigations. In 2001, Asiaweek listed Tejpal as one of Asia’s 50 most powerful communicators, and Businessweek declared him among 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia. (Read more on his bio site). He says: I grew up all over India in Army Cantonments because my father was in the Indian Army. Among the places I grew up are Mumbai, Assam, Bangalore, Bareilly, Babina and Chandigarh. (See Interview on rediff.com).

See also the whole of his official website.

“Tehelka’s philosophy remains crusading and investigative journalism” … (Excerpt) Started with a corpus fund cobbled together from generous donations from 200-odd Indians, who still think a non-aligned and investigative media could keep the vibrancy alive in the country, Tehelka the newspaper has managed it till now after making a debut a few months back. But can it pull along? Indiantelevision.com’s Anjan Mitra tries to find the answer(s) and read the mind of Tarun Tejpal in this interview done at Tehelka’s head office, located in an up market commercial area of Delhi. (Read the following Interview in the NEWS ROOM of Indian Television.com).

He said during a press conference – sachin: Mr tejpal sir, do u think ur exposing of the corruption in defense deals have brought about any change in the system ? Answer: I hope that it does end up bringing some constructive changes. My position from the very beginning has been that this story is not about individuals or political parties. It is about systemic corruption and it needs to be addressed accordingly. (Read the whole on rediff.com).

What other medias tell about Tarun Tejpal: Businessweek declared him among 50 leaders at the forefront of change in Asia; Asiaweek listed him as one of Asia’s 50 most powerful communicators. He has written for several international publications, including The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Financial Times and Prospect. He was editor of India Today and The Indian Express groups, Outlook, India’s premier news magazine. He has a 20-year career as a senior journalist and publisher. (Read more on PRAJAnet).

links:

about a Tarun Tejpal’s book launch;

about ‘Alchemy of Desire’, the book review;

Indian Stings;

Amazon.co.uk.

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