Interviewed By Mihir Jha
“I believe that people who are opinion leaders in some way or the other like Film Actors or Religious Gurus have this responsibility to send some messages and I don’t find them doing that a lot. For example, if a religious guru says tomorrow that people should not litter up on streets, I am pretty sure that it shall have a very good impact because their followers are often more than politicians. My life’s focus is now good story telling in whatever forms it comes whether it’s on radio or writing in books or lyrics or through music but I want to straggle to space between the real India and the larger mass. For example in my radio show also I want to touch on social issues such as caste and corruption(referring to themes of some of the latest stories on Yaad Sheher, a first of its kind story telling show on radio on 92.7 FM)”, speaks Neelesh Misra who happens to be the lyricist of more than 30 songs in bollywood including the likes of Jadu Hai Nasha Hai, Maine Dil Se Kaha, Abhi Kuchh Dino Se in the recently released Bollywood movie Dil To Bachha Hai Jee, author of several bestsellers like The Absent State, End of The Line: The Story of the killing of Royals in Nepal, Inspired India: Ideas to transform A Nation, the distinguished award winning journalist who covered wide range of issues as sensitive as Kargil, Tsunami, Maoist Rebel of Nepal, Kashmir Insurgence, Gujarat Earthquake, Bihar Flood and the former Deputy Executive Editor of Hindustan Times.
Excerpts from an exclusive telephonic interview with RQ: