When The Tables Were Turned…

So Dear Book Lovers.. We have been putting a lot of authors lately in our Hot seat and been quizzing them on different things. (We aren’t seeing any comments from the geek s sad face)

But today we had this fantastic opportunity to talk to a Journalist slash Editor turned author Mr Naresh Fernandes.

Well we got to play Journalist this time with him & Interviewing somebody who does this for a living day in and day out left us stumbled, confusing and restless..

I think the Crossword blog team here had tough time deciding what to ask him.

Before we showcase what he had to say..

A little More about Naresh..

He comes across as a Wanderer to us.. Always searching for something interesting and new..Loves Mumbai to the core. He always has the most interesting stories to tell about the City. A complete Mumbaite to the core. He Might have a puzzled look at times but he is a true gem of a person. He is super grounded.

Apart from being an editor of a leading magazine he has also written a Book Title ‘Taj Mahal Foxtrot’ – Is A Story told through the lives of a menagerie of geniuses, strivers and eccentrics, both Indian and American, who helped jazz find a home in the sweaty subcontinent.

Well Here’s what Naresh had to say..


Given a Chance for which magazine would like to be an editor for one day?

In my wildest imagination, the New Yorker.

Love for Jazz music when and where did it all start?

I’ve been listening to jazz since I was about 15. I love its improvised quality, how musicians play the same tune differently each time they perform it.

As journalist do you tend to criticize stories written by your peers?

All the time, unfortunately. But to compensate for that, I also make it a point to call people or send them notes when I see something I really like.

Favourite Mumbai street Food?

Kombdi-vade at Raju Malavni Corner, near Sena Bhavan.

Current read…

Adam Hochschild’s To End All Wars, an excellent book about pacificists who resisted the First World War.

Favourite time in the city?

 Strolling through the older neighborhoods, especially Dongri.

Anything on the pipeline for your next book…

It’s a short book for Aleph on the death of the idea of Bombay.

Take on the Current Literature scenario in India? 

I wish there was much more narrative non-fiction being written. There are stories unfolding all around us. I wish more people would tell them.

Signing off for now..

Untill Next Time..

Happy Reading

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