Book Title: A Taste for Trouble
Author: Aniruddha Bahal
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A Taste for Trouble by Aniruddha Bahal as quoted by him is written during the lockdown. As the lockdown allowed everyone to sneak inside their conscience and cleanse their minds, with many wandering thoughts and memories, traveling back to roots, amid the uncertainties of the time, this book is a reflection of his memory and life.
After the 1992 scam, it was the match-fixing scam that popped after yesteryear cricketer Manoj Prabhakar’s interview. This made a split in the cricket world more wide open. I was a school student, and I was not aware of what a scam is and what a sting operation means. The investigation was done by the Tehelka team.
It was a surprising and shocking phase to all the Indians as Tehelka exposed many other powerful people like political leaders and business people. Tehelka was the most talked about thing back in the early 2000s. The new millennium started with a promising start to clean and bring up a corruption-free country. The Tehelka team also had another strong individual, Aniruddha Bahal, the author of this book – A Taste for Trouble.
In the book A Taste for Trouble, author Aniruddha talks about his childhood and relationships. He says that he left home in Allahabad for Bombay at a very young age without informing his family. It was a student from Iran who helped him go back home.
The book is divided into three parts, and each part has many chapters. It is Part-II which has the most interesting parts of his life. On page 130, the birth and Genesis of Tehelka.com are explained.
“Within a few months of starting up, Tehelka establishes a reputation for excellent reviews of arts and culture, as well as political and social analysis. The attempt is to try and break new ground in every area and to exploit the innate elasticity of the medium to do long-form interviews and stories (as is seldom possible in traditional journalism). Our tagline—‘News. Views.
All the juice.’—sums up the ambition. In no time, a terrific array of Indian writers in English—both established and upcoming—from across the world begin to write regularly for the site. Among the writers regularly contributing to Tehelka are Amitava Kumar, Dom Moraes, Farrukh Dhondy, Kiran Nagarkar, and Manjula Padmanabhan. Dom Moraes becomes a regular visitor to our office along with his wife, Sarayu.”
As soon as I completed reading this book, I visited the Cobrapost website, which is Bahal’s creation. The same zeal and enthusiasm are seen. In one of the news sites after the book’s launch, he quoted that ‘India is hardly now a place where you can be confident of judicial protection after doing a story that exposes corruption, political parties, and leaders.
Courts aren’t as fastidious in protecting journalists, RTI practitioners, and whistleblowers from the prosecution of a state that has become unhinged, he says.’
When I read this and match it with some of the news channels and websites that provide news, in the name of TRP and to lead the press industry, is journalism changing its shape? Will it be again only the news or it will ever be just breaking news and exclusive footage!
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