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In this memoir, narrated in Karan Thapar's trademark incisive style, the author relates different stories from his life, from personal anecdotes about his childhood, college days and marriage to his encounters with various well-known personalities in the course of anchoring his TV shows. 

Find out about Karan Thapar's friendship in university and later with Benazir Bhutto; his short-lived yet memorable stint as a foreign correspondent with The Times under the tutelage of Charles Douglas-Home; his entry into news television; and why no one from the BJP agrees to appear on his shows any more.

©2018 Karan Thapar (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Insightful

Interesting book, gives you an idea how journalists play a role in the corridors of power. Seems very disarming and truthful of the author.

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  • 05-11-20

A part reflection of self & circumstances

Would not say that I am an ardent admirer of Karan Thapar but still loved it. The book uncovers many unknown aspects & characteristics of the person he talks about, who happened to live, rule and affect lives of us , their contemporary 'Aam Aadmi'. But his own true character he has deliberately kept hidden in shadows, which some how is not apt for biographies. This tends to hint that the writer can't be believed thoroughly and his depictions may be colored.

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interesting read

Typical Karan Thapar Style. Gives an insight about some of the great personalities he interviewed

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great share behind the scence by karan

absolutely loved his show and pointed questions asked in his interview thanks for sharing inside stories with us

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  • 28-07-20

Thank you Karan!

While we see videos in YouTube, iT is good to read your book as it complements the story itself with what happened in the studio. Thank you once again.

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a weekend read

its an autobiography of a journalist and not a courtroom drama as the title might suggest you. the book has maintained a flow. chapters are divided in stories that follow the author's experience and exchange of words with a particular person. In initial chapters he describes his childhood, his wife and his career. He has revealed the background stories of interviews he has done. there are chapters on Narendra Modi, Jayalalitha, Benazir Bhutto, story of Amitabh Bachchan and so on. the narrator has used more of a British accent, his voice modulation makes the book fun to listen to, it was enjoyable he has done it in a proper way by taking the pauses wherever necessary and using the punctuation expressions. But Hindi was not so admirable. who should buy this book- if you have some interest in journalism or politics (certainly you might have watched some videos of interviews of Narendra Modi, Jayalalitha amithab bachchan with Karan Thapar).

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Leading English journalist exeriences

Enjoyed all the nuggets of the journey of Karan Thapar and is engagement with the leading lights of india . Fascinating story on how LK Advani and the Pakistan ambassodar has parleys to reinvigorate india Pakistan relationship.

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Insightful, Bold and refreshingly Honest

If you have enjoyed Karan’s interview style on TV over the years, this book takes that up several notches. True to his style, the words and descriptive anecdotes thru the book are unbiased, honest and bold , which is refreshing specially during current times of journalism. I liked the fact that he doesn’t shy away from acknowledging his own flaws or pointing out those of eminente personalities whom he has had the privilege of interviewing. Strongly recommended if you’d like an inner glimpse of Indian politicians and their demeanours. The chapters on Benazir and Advani were particularly fascinating .

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Excellent book

Liked this book, more of an autobiography. Last chapters should have also talked about the writer and his life.