Magazine article Geographical

Scoop-Wallah; Life on a Delhi Daily

Magazine article Geographical

Scoop-Wallah; Life on a Delhi Daily

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SCOOP-WALLAH; LIFE ON A DELHI DAILY By Justine Hardy (John Murray, 1 6.99[pounds sterling] hb)

Inspired by the patriotic rantings of her loquacious local greengrocer, Mr Singh of South Kensington, Justine Hardy, journalist, author and lover of India, decides to go and work for an Indian newspaper. While there she believes she will be able to experience India and her people from the inside and later enlighten--Western civilisation with her knowledge.

Having chosen the Indian Express in New Delhi as the newspaper with the most controversial outlook, Hardy determines to follow in the footsteps of Rudyard Kipling as a journalist in a country where newspapers are stuck in a time warp. Here, the language used is that of the English prep school and the print spends more time on people's hands than on the paper. Even so, the art of the punning headline is taken to dizzy heights.

Keen to explore the truth around her and aided by a colourful cast of characters who add to me humour of every situation, Hardy produces a number of articles which portray India's many faces. She investigates the violence in Assam with terrorist groups warring amidst the tea gardens; the religious aspect of the gurus and the preaching of the Dalai Lama at the Spiti festival. …

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