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Book Review of “The Newsroom Mafia” by Oswald Periera

It’s true…and proven time and again – men opt for a “crime-thriller-suspense” novel when it comes to writing. And rightly so. They have a knack to capture and portray the precise feelings associated with the genre. And Oswald Periera does complete justice to his debut novel- The Newsroom Mafia that offers more than just the thrill of being a media-related-crime story.

The story is about how the Mumbai police commissioner Donald Fernandez puts all his efforts in nabbing the don, Narayan Swamy, with the help of Oscar Pinto, a young crime reporter with “The Newsroom”, one of India’s most venerable newspapers. But we see how Swamy’s ties in the media are stronger, and more effective than Fernandez can think of. How some of the “exclusive” stories were planted and how most police officials, reporters and politicians were mere pawns controlled by the don, is scripted quite brilliantly by the author.
The battle of power, and wits, played with dirty tactics by both, the law breakers and the law abiders raises a lot many questions in the mind of the reader, regarding the authenticity and the truthfulness of the media and the people attached to it.
Rightfully the book description says, “The Newsroom Mafia captures the unholy alliance between the fourth estate, the underworld and the government”.
The narrative is riveting. The language is simple and lucid; the pace perfect to keep you turning page-after-page without a break; and the description of places/situations/events and the people so meticulous and faithful that it breathes life in to the words.
The story is more of an eye-opener about things that happen in the media industry and how people (read: cops, politicians, the underworld and media) work their ways around situations and their counter-parts. What happens behind the curtains and the camera is only known to the insiders. Oswald bares the truth, and how!
Who says money can’t buy everything. In today’s world, the media is offered a more-than-handsome-amount to not print/publish/uncover stories that are critical and important for the public.

To say that not everyone is as corrupt or dishonest is true. But the number (or percentage) of such honest folks is minuscule.

The author’s background as a crime reporter gives him the leverage to churn out such a fantastic piece of crime-thriller. With such in depth research and insight, the book feels more real than just “a piece of fiction”.



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Book Review of “Stilettos in the Newsroom” by Rashmi Kumar

Stilettos in the Newsroom

By Rashmi Kumar

The story depicts the journey of a young journalist (Radhika) as she moves up her career ladder, sometimes by “kissing ass” and sometimes by putting her foot down with meeting deadlines and targets.

The book has relatable instances (esp. for budding journalists and for the ones who’ve acquired a position in their publication.) Office politics, bitching and a free flow of verbal venting seems/is real. The way she balances life and career is also well portrayed, though some sections of the story could have been more tightly written.

Cleverly written, the book would’ve captured more attention and fame had the editing been a bit more stringent. (Some places have a mix up of tenses.)

Connecting the past and the present can be dicey, if not presented well. Rashni’s attempt has been good, but can be honed further.

As a reader and a journalist, I’d say the book has scored a well deserved position on the stands.

It opens up the inside world of a publication but with a few (acceptable) loopholes.

After all, such attempts are building blocks.

Overall, a good attempt by Rashmi Kumar.


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