M.V. Kamath, a Journalist at Large

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Jaico Publishing House, Jan 1, 2006 - Foreign correspondents - 256 pages
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M.V. Kamath, with four decades of rich and varied experiences, has traveled the world with an eye for people and a nose for news. He has met an amazingly wide range of characters from all walks of life from royalty to Nobel laureates, from film and theatre personalities to statesmen and politicians. His meetings have resulted in this collection of anecdotes some sad, some outright funny, and some simply staid. His writing in no way borders on gossip, but rather delves into the humanity of each subject. Journalism opened up vast avenues for M.V. Kamath. He lived a life of pleasant surprises, wondering what the next day held for him. The short pieces in this book are a minute collection of material that would probably fill up 10 such books. However, this collection powerfully conveys his experiences of pain and joy that run through all his encounters. He views both these universal experiences as ephemeral. This fleeting aspect of life binds each anecdote to the other, thus elevating story-telling to a fine art, that doesn t sound forced or acquired, and comes straight from the heart.
 

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Contents

Big Bania Gandhi
3
Authoring a Pamphlet 1942 Movement
7
Nehrus Visit to Bombay 1946
9
Breach of Confidence
12
A Brush with Dr Ambedkar
15
Accident Prone Mahatma
18
Sequels to the Stories of Mahatma
22
Lessons from Nobel Laureate Dr C V Raman
24
God Hanuman
135
Getting Over with Stuttering
136
Meeting Boyhood Love Sulochana
137
Kamath the Popular Palmist
139
Out of Breath at La Paz
141
Would Rather Fail Then
142
Death of a Friend
146
End of Lifes Dream
149

Mumbai Darshan for Edgar Snow
26
Indonesias Ali Sastramidjojo
28
Quoting Justice Holmes
30
Col Fitzpatrick the Great Cartoonist
35
Repartee with a Nobel Laureate
37
Henry Cabot Lodge
39
Remembering Hammarskjold
41
Sorry Prof Max Lerner
44
Iceman Kamath
46
Menon was Pleased
47
Rev Martin Luther King
49
First clash with Krishna Menon
52
Last clash with Krishna Menon
54
Kuznestov
56
Seeking blessings of Morarji Desai
58
Khrushchev Master of Press Conference
61
Chagla Cordiality Personified
63
Having Indira for Pot Luck Dinner
65
India will Never Let a Commonwealth Leader Down
70
Brandt the Communicator
72
do not stand on my Head
74
Homage to Homi Bhabha
76
Meeting Lumumba
80
Zulfikar AH Bhutto
82
Encounters with John Weyth
84
Undoubtedly Its Bad Manners
87
Only Coffee for R K Narayan
88
Coming to My Help
89
Nawab Ali Yavar Jung
90
Nixon Kissinger and Indira
93
Secretary of State Cyrus Vance
100
Meeting Nehru Courtesy Canadian P M
109
The Last Supper
110
Life After Death
114
Kamaladevi Chattopadhya
116
Justice Hidayatullah
120
Sweet Revenge with Kissinger
122
Reward from JRD
124
Opening The Crevices of The Heart
127
Learning What Poverty means
129
Still I dont understand
130
The Ultimate Offering
133
Have I Been to Portugal?
152
Deprived of Solitude on Birthday
155
The Way of Our Fates
158
Healing Touch
161
A Painful Farewell
164
At the Point of No Return
167
Meeting My Wife Thirty Years Later
171
Honoured at Hometown Mangalore
173
Meeting Boyhood Hero
174
Astrological Prediction
177
From the Journalists Diary
181
Publishing Article in Mysindia
183
Joining Free Press Journal
187
First Assignment An Exclusive
191
Learn Typewriting or Quit
195
Learning to Write Editorials
197
Lessons in Writing Edits
199
Knighted as Editor
202
At FPJ Be Thick Skinned
204
Dom Moraes A Sports Writer
206
Not Yet Destined to Die
209
Stunned Natarajan Reciting Browning
213
Bharat Darshan
216
Exposing the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
218
A Titan Passes Away
222
Prediction Comes True
223
Invitation to Visit U S A
229
Menons Marathon Speech at the U N
231
Refuse to Reveal Sources
234
am Under Watch
236
Sheikh Mujibur Rehman
238
Story of Sunken Submarine
240
Top Secret Journal Gratis
241
Sensational Report on Pakistan
242
Return to Old Lady of Boribunder
244
Geetas Poems
246
Sharing Mutual Dislike
248
Articles on Indira and Rajiv
250
Brickbats and Bouquets
252
Faceless Editor Recognised
255
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