Manjula Lal has been a journalist for over three decades and been associated with Economic Times, Pioneer, Times Of India and The Indian Express. Currently the Deputy Editor with Tehelka, Manjula has found time to write her debut book the story of a newswallah appropriately titled That’s News To Me.
The back cover of her book reads- Dogs can be trained to fetch newspapers for their masters. Should a journalist be treated as a retriever of news by his masters? Lal tells the story of Manush, an idealistic journalist who tries to survive in the jungle of publishing. Manush enjoys the adrenaline rush of chasing scoops and solving mysteries but finds the office politics and demanding bosses difficult to cope. There is equal focus on the personal life of Manush at home – his marriage and his disappointments.
Divided in three sections the book travels from a magazine in Noida to a newspaper office in Delhi and finally a website in Gurgaon.
The book is earnest and frank and has a lot of spice for those chasing the same profession, I would say That’s News To Me is as much about ambitions as about relationships and balancing the two for harmony and survival. It is not the story of Manush and his wife but about all urban nuclear couples struggling to survive a job and marriage.
That’s News To Me is witty, gutsy, reflective and insightful, a must read for all who belong to journalism and particularly those who don’t to understand that getting news is not an easy job.