DNA Review: This book is a film crying to be made

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Ranjona Banerji

TEN pages into Beyond The Newsroom and a huge cinematic screen takes over your mind. The pages fade and you see Ram Gopal Varma’s name bursting on to a screen. Varma only because he has a little gangster film oeuvre. This book is a film crying to be made. Beyond The Newsroom, then, reasserts itself as a book quite quickly. In fact, it’s a racy read. It is also a roman à clef of sorts that lifts the lid on the murky goings-on in the world of newspapers, the police, the underworld and politics. The writer is a journalist, a former crime reporter, and this book has several thinly disguised characters who once ruled the cityscape. The police commissioner, the reporters and editors mentioned, and the underworld don himself are all familiars. Narayan Swamy, Oswald Pereira’s don, is of course, the famous Matunga godfather Vardarajan Mudaliar.

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The Times of India Review


May 5, 2007


“A fast-paced, no nonsense novel.”

TO use a journalists’ cliché, this book is a ’scoop’; the ‘real’ deal about the unholy nexus between the underworld, the government and the Fourth Estate.  A fast-paced, no nonsense novel, it explains in surprising detail, the intertwined fellowship between the system and the ‘unsystematic’ underworld. It comes as no surprise that the novel is by an accomplished crime reporter himself. The crisp chapters captivate your attention without trying to glorify characters.
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Oswald Pereira

Oswald Pereira, whose novel Beyond the Newsroom was published in January 2007, has more than 25 years’ experience in journalism and communications. He has worked as an editor, a reporter, a special correspondent, as well as a communication specialist. He has been a manager and an entrepreneur, credited with setting up a research division for a top PR agency, an infrastructure website, and a technology-specific PR consultancy.