Over the years, I have been privileged to know—and learn from—some of the greatest names in international journalism. I will always be grateful to them for the time they gave me, and their encouragement—and the personal example they set by their integrity and professionalism. Here is the list of journalists (listed alphabetically) I have admired most, personally and professionally.

I read two or three books in a typical week. I collect autographed books. I acquired my love of books from my mother, Prof. Charusheela Gupte, who was a well-known writer in Marathi in Bombay. Our home was always filled with writers and journalists. It is difficult, over a lifetime of continuous reading, to come up with a short list of recommended books. But I would cite the following as being particularly useful for their style and sensibility.

I have been in journalism for four decades. It's been a school of hard knocks, sometimes brutal ones, a lifetime of lessons learned and re-learned. And notwithstanding the many heartaches, it's been a whole lot of fun. Not long ago, I was asked by students at a journalism school to offer counsel about some of the lessons I've picked up during my career as a newspaperman. This is what I told them: the Pranay Principles.

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