08 March 2015 :: Veteran Journalist & Outlook Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Vinod Mehta died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Sunday.
Mehta, had worked with several publications including Debonair, Sunday Observer, Pioneer and Indian Post.
Born in Rawalpindi, Mehta has authored a biography of Meena Kumari and Sanjay Gandhi. His much-talked-about memoir, Lucknow Boy, was published in 2011.
#PrimeMinister Narendra Modi offered condolences on Mehta’s demise. In his tweet he wrote, “Frank & direct in his opinions, Vinod Mehta will be remembered as a fine journalist & writer. Condolences to his family on his demise”.
Vinod Mehta was born in Rawalpindi, in West-Punjab of undivided India. His family migrated to India when he was three. He grew up as an army brat from a Punjabi refugee family in the syncretic culture of Lucknow of the 1950s—an experience that turned him into an unflagging ‘secularist’. He attended La Martinere school in Lucknow and the university there. Leaving home with a BA third class degree, he experimented with a string of jobs, including that of a factory hand in suburban Britain, before accepting an offer to edit Debonair in 1974, a men’s magazine.
Mehta lived in New Delhi. He was married to Sumita Paul, a journalist who has worked for the Pioneer and the Sunday Times of India.