Radioandmusic.com interview

Radioandmusic.com interview

“Do you think the contribution a lyricist makes often gets overshadowed? Sadly, yes. We are the backroom boys whose names will not be read out on the FM stations, who will barely get any royalties, Most people don’t even know who wrote a certain song because unlike earlier, radio stations don’t feel the need to(…)

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Time magazine on changing Bollywood

Time magazine on changing Bollywood

“Neelesh Misra, a journalist and lyricist, whose story based on a young, ailing professor who helps his students mend their lives has been bought by a leading production house, says, “Ten years back if you told a producer you had a story starting with a dying professor, they’d show you the door. Now, they are(…)

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Mission Kashmir Diary-3

Mission Kashmir Diary-3

The nomad has bought a mobile phone. He now wants a house. Fazal Hussain, the Bakarwal tribe elder with the kohl-laced eyes and henna-dyed beard, clutched the handset like a walkie-talkie in front of him as he told his address to a relative coming by to visit. “Come to a clearing on a hill between(…)

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Mission Kashmir continued

Friends, I am getting back to my blog after several weeks, and I apologise. I am firstly publishing here some of what I wrote, and some pictures I took, on the road trip through Kashmir. Neelesh

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Mission Kashmir Diary-2

Mission Kashmir Diary-2

The 65-year-old doctor did not have a pen. But he carried his own paper — a blank letterhead with his name and qualifications — as he stepped out of his clinic to kill himself. Outside Balwant Khajuria’s clinic in Jammu region’s border town, a war was being prepared. Hundreds of people crunched together, shouting furious(…)

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Mission Kashmir Diary-1

Mission Kashmir Diary-1

I am an outsider in Kashmir. I have been travelling there for much of my career as a journalist, I am married into a Kashmiri Pandit family, and some of my closest friends are Kashmiris. I love the voices of Kashmir’s celebrated singers Rashid Hafiz and Kailash Mehra. I have written a few of my(…)

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Mission Kashmir

Mission Kashmir

Hi all, I have vanished from sight — I am in Jammu and Kashmir on a three week journey across the state aclong with two colleagues, a Kashmiri Muslim and a Kashmiri Pandit. I shall post my stores and blogs here as well, but you can also read it hereon the special website created for the(…)

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Letter from Anonymous

An anonymous person wrote a scathing comment on my blog aboutsomething I wrote recently, and I reproduce it here. I wish he/she had revealed his/her name. Though I will respond to the comments, but I think more than attacking me personally it raises an important question: Do we, as journalists, make any contribution to the(…)

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दो बेवकूफ औरतें

दो बेवकूफ औरतें

मेरे दोस्त कहते हैं मैं अक्सर महिलाओं के ख्याल में रहता हूँ. सच कहते हैं. देखो ना — हफ्तों बीत गए. जाने कब फूटा था अहमदाबाद में बम. जाने कब आयी थी बिहार में बाढ़. फिर भी दो औरतों को अपने साथ लिए घूम रहा हूँ. पीछा ही नहीं छोड़तीं कमबख्त. एक तो मर भी(…)

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Let this picture do the talking

Let this picture do the talking

The rescuer had one last food packet in his hands, and the entire village was hungry. As Commandant Daniel Adhikari watched, a desperate woman leaped into the waters to grab it. But another man jumped in as well, the two fighting over the bag as rescuers watched helplessly in Lakhipur village in Bihar’s Madhepura district.(…)

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