Devil’s Advocate is Karan Thapar’s auto biography. It’s a quick read with interesting anecdotes that he shares from his frequent rendez vous with celebrities, politicians and sportsmen. There doesn’t seem to be any that he didn’t interview in his long and illustrious career. Many of his interviews are etched in our minds but what makes the book interesting is the behind the scenes details. Like how he made sure that Kapil Dev cried through the interview which was done immediately after the match fixing scandal and Tehelka accusing Kapil Dev of fixing game. The famous interview with Jaya Lalitha, his friendship with Benazir Bhutto, his interview with Amitabh where we get to know of the other side of the Shehanshah of Bollywood, his interactions with former prime ministers; most witty ones were those with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his friendship with L. K. Advani that went sour. All of these make it a riveting read.
Karan Thapar speaks sparingly of his personal life and the loss of his wife Nisha. He speaks at length about his work. He is brutally honest and has no qualms in accepting that he was manipulative, petty and selfish in his professional life. It takes lots of courage to own up to ones flaws especially in an auto biography. The language is lucid and it is after a long time that I was actually referring to a dictionary. I got a few additions to my vocabulary ‘amour proper ‘, ‘sangfroid’ and a few others.
You may love Karan Thapar, you may hate him but you can’t IGNORE him.
So what liberal is Karan, when he has given out the sources which was supposed to be secret. Quoting everyone who talked to him off the record has become this book and mercy me, rather mean only about the BJP ones. Let me not speak about what he wrote on Sanjay Gandhi, as an obit to the man who is resting in peace now. The most indecent mention is about the Bachchans. After having enjoyed their hospitality, sharing the family dynamics is rather inappropriate. As a whole, for everyone who like political gossips it is a whale of a time.
Once I started reading this book I wasn’t able to put it down. Only after a few hours and a shooting pain up my neck did I realise what the time was and how long I’d been reading and decided to finish the book in a second seating.
As is evident from my writing above, the book is rather gripping and simply written. Thapar gives the reader an insight into his childhood, marriage, and an early stint as a foreign correspondent in the first half. The book is interesting because it is is full of hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking anecdotes.
Then the book delves into parts that are well remembered by the Indian public & celebrities for all sorts of reasons, and have been excerpted by the Scroll, Print and Wire.
Would recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys reading about Indian politics/media.
A glimpse into the life of not just one of the senior most journalist of India, but also into a world of privilege, and high society. The remarkable thing about the book is that Karan is brutally honest about leaders who have been his friends. As a journalist, his neutrality comes across clearly - except perhaps in the case of Sanjay Gandhi, but here too he has chosen not to write about Sanjay's political life...
One of the most veteran journalist of Indian Television, Karan Thapar makes the readers go through a journey of his life in the book. As expected , the book is all about his interviews and post,pre experiences with luminaries , the book however doesn’t contain any view point of Mr Karan Thapar on any particular issue . A good read for a lazy Sunday!
Autobiographies should always trickle wit and sarcasm, which this book does amply. Karan Thapar's journalistic oeuvre and capabilities and his political leanings are not known to me, neither was I interested enough to know about these things before I bought the book. I had in mind a light reading, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, solely for it's prose. It is extremely well written.
One of the most well spoken Indian men and a renowned journalist go all out in this autobiography. Karan Thapar reveals some of the most intriguing details of his life and his famous interviewees in this tell-all book.