Life Lessons from a Newsroom
Kalam Faridabad hosted the Executive Editor of Aaj Tak, Sanjeev Paliwal, for tete-a-tete on his debut novel, Naina. The author was in conversation with Shilpa Arora, a lawyer by profession and café owner by passion. Paliwal has been a media person for the past 30 years and currently oversees the international channels of nearly 60 countries. He began his career with IBN7 and has been a part of many popular talk shows. His novel Naina uses the media room as a muse and the narrative revolves around a young anchorwoman and her journey in Life Lessons from a Newsroom the industry. The author shared his struggle to land a job and how he once spent three months walking the roads of Faridabad in search of a job, but had to return empty-handed. Paliwal told the audience that his friend, Jai Prakash Pandey, was the driving force behind his foray into writing. Paliwal described how Pandey would ensure that Paliwal penned down at least 500 words for him to read every day. On being asked what Naina meant to him, the author said that it was a dream that was coming true. He shared that he had begun writing the book long ago and that the words and thoughts had evolved over time. Paliwal said that the newsroom and the news anchor has always been a topic of controversy and curiosity. He disclosed that he had drawn on his own personal experiences while writing and had poured his emotions into the book.