Circa 1980, mainstream newspapers weren’t partial to Bollywood reportage. Neither was the legendary chief reporter, B. Seshagiri Rao, of the Mumbai edition of the Times of India.
At 50, when most people’s thoughts veer towards retirement, Dr Prathap Chandra Reddy decided it was time for revolution.
At 50, when most people’s thoughts veer towards retirement, Dr Prathap Chandra Reddy decided it was time for revolution. The trajectory of that revolutionary fervour is deftly captured by well-known journalist and author, Pranay Gupte, in Healer: Dr Prathap Chandra Reddy and the Transformation of India, which traces in almost 600 pages the story of the renowned cardiologist who pioneered India’s professionally run private sector hospital system in 1983.
It belches and grunts. Is moody and makes offensive sounds when it dislikes its passengers. It also holds many secrets in its bonnet — mostly from the badlands of Uttar Pradesh where people still brandish kattas and can kill for a bottle of tharra.