Face to Face India :
conversations with Karan Thapar
Penguin Books and BBC
New Delhi, 2006. Rs.295/-
Karan Thappar, born in Srinagar in 1955 began his career in journalism with “The Times”. In 1993, he moved to India and worked with a number of Television channelsbefor e setting up his own production house, The Infotainment Television in 2007.Karan Thapar is perhaps India’s best known television commentator and interviewer.
The twenty interviewes that appear in this book were telecast on BBC world between 1999 and 2002 as part of the ‘Face to Face India Series’. The interviews of great personalities from different walks of life like music , cinema,art, litereture,sports, industry,etc.are very interesting. Many of his guests felt so much at ease in the course of their conversation with Karan Thaparthat they reveled intimate details about themselves that they had never made public before.The interviews with A.R. Rahman,Aishwarya Rai, Dev Anand,Pt. Ravishankar, Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar and Ustad Zakir Hussain helped us to know something about their early life and also about different fields they have concentrated and achieved great name and fame such as cinema, music and art.Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Viswanathan Anand opened their minds and revealed us how they could achieve their aims and came in the forefront of sports, ie, the world No.1 in chricket and chess.
The nobel laurette Amartya Sen, writers like Arundhathi Roy and Amitav Ghosh, India’s greatest cartoonist R.K.Laxman, photographer Raghu Rai, Gayatri Devi,Field marshal S.H.F.J.Manekshaw, dancer Sonal mansingh, all these personalities have given a vivid picture about their life and how they earned great names in their respective areas/ profession. Famous industrialists Kumar Mangalam Birla,and Ratan Tata through their interview opened their minds how they succeed in business life. This book , a collection of some of the most memorable mopments of these great personalities is quite interesting and also informative to the readers of any age
Reviewed byB.Surendran Librarian, Shift II