Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yeh Hai AAP Ki Dilli

Yeh Hai AAP Ki Dilli
Following heavy rains in the national capital, waterlogging and traffic snarl for hours brought Dilli to a stadstill on most part of Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Second Edition of How to Become A Good Journalist Hits Market

After the overwhelming response to the first edition of How to Become A Good Journalist, Atlantic Publishers has released the second revised and enlarged edition of the book.

The author of the book Raza Elahi, a senior journalist having spent two decades in media industry, has added four new chapters viz, Broadcast Journalism, Digital Age Journalism, Online Journalism and Tips for Writing for the Web. Catering the requirements of young journalists and media students, How to Become A Good Journalist covers all aspects of Print, Online and Broadcast Journalism.

The book discusses the making of a newspaper/magazine by devoting chapters on news selection, news writing, reporting, editing, page-making and headlines etc. Besides discussing art of interviewing, nuances of feature writing and importance of 5Ws and IH of a news copy, Raza Elahi has selected around 200 words/expressions and listed their correct usages. The author has also picked up raw copies of reporters and edited them in the chapter ABC of Editing. The chapter Headline Hunter takes the readers through interesting aspects of headlines. The book also describes the finer points of writing for TV and radio as well as for the Web. Keeping in mind of the latest technological advancement, the writer briefs the readers how social media and digital technology help journalists.

According to Raza Elahi, this book will be immensely helpful to the students in their editing, reporting and writing skills in all the three formats of journalism. It will also refresh the skill-set of those already in the profession. The book is equally beneficial to aspiring journalism and mass communication students. Sanjay Kumar, Editor, MSN India, says the addition of new chapters on broadcast and online journalism has made the book more worthy for freshers. The inclusions of topics on technological components and web journalism will definitely give the readers an added advantage.

P Ramesh Kumar, Assistant Editor, Times of India, describes How to Become A Good Journalist a perfect guide to young journalists, Interns and media students. How to Become A Good Journalist is priced Rs 395 (hard bound) and Rs 250 (paperback) and is available online at,,, as well as at leading bookstores across the country. The book can also be ordered at

KJ Bennychan, Mumbai bureau chief of PTI, says all the important features of journalism, including freelance journalism, have been included to make this book a complete package on the subject. The best aspect is that the book is written in a simple language and cogent style.

Khaja Hashmi, a marcomm professional with GE India involves in training and strategy planning, likes the example-based approach of this book. He finds that How to Become A Good Journalist will also interest general readers as it will help them in effective communication in English language.

Chandra Vardhan, a senior journalist working with DNA, Ahmedabad, says this book is a useful companion to budding journalists as it offers useful tips on journalistic writing, editing, reporting and social media.

The first edition of the book was launched in 2009. It is in the reference books' list of many leading media institutes of the country.

Raza Elahi has worked in various capacities with leading national and international newspapers and media houses like Khaleej Times (Dubai), The Economic Times, The Pioneer, The Financial Express and exchange4media etc.























How to order the book

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How to Become A Good Journalist

Price: Rs 395 (hard bound) ; Rs 250 (paperback)

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 Edition of Journalism & Advertising Entrance Exam Guides Launched

Students appearing for Journalism, Mass Communication, Advertising and PR courses at AJKMCRC, IIMC, IP University, Xaviers, Symbiosis, Asian College of Journalism, MICA, Manipal, TSJ, IP College,AMU, Mumbai University, Kolkata Univ and other universities and media institutes in 2016 can find Media Hive's e-Guides very useful.

Media Hive's Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Exam Guide and Media Hive's Advertising & PR Entrance Exam Guide (PDF; Jan 2016 edition) are priced Rs 400 each. Students preparing for these courses' entrance test can get good help from these guides.

These guides are marketed by . To buy these guides e-mail at or visit

CHAPTERS OF THE e-GUIDES Media Hive's Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Exam Guide: Preface; Introduction; Media Awareness; General Knowledge; Current Affairs; Short Notes and Q&A; English Language Skills; News Writing & Editing; Critical Analysis of TV Shows/Films; Expected Descriptive Questions; Famous Media Institutes; Reference Books for Entrance Test; Group Discussion Tips; Author’s Profile

Media Hive's Advertising & PR Entrance Exam Guide: Preface; Introduction to Advertising & PR, Media Awareness; Brand Awareness; Reasoning/Psychometric Test, Objective Q&A, Short Notes and Q&A; English Language Skills; General Knowledge; Current Affairs; Expected Descriptive Questions; Ad & PR Courses and Institutes; Reference Books for Entrance Test; Group Discussion Tips; Expected GD Topics and Interview Questions, Author’s Profile

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

e-Guide for Advertising & PR Entrance Exam Launched

After the success of Journalism and Mass Communication e-guide (2013), my second e-Guide to crack Advertising and PR entrance tests of institutes like IIMC, Xaviers, Symbiosis, MICA, YMCA, SMU and other media institutes has come out on January 1, 2014. I have also revised Journalism and Mass Communication e-guide for 2014. Both the guides are marketed by Media Hive.

Media Hive's Advertising & PR Entrance Exam Guide (Price: Rs 150) and the second edition of Media Hive's Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Exam Guide (Price: Rs 150) will help students preparing for Advertising & PR and Journalism & Mass Communication entrance exams respectively in 2014.

The guides are written after meticulously going through the question patterns of media institutes. While Advertising and PR guide is written for those preparing for this course from IIMC, Xaviers, Symbiosis, MICA, NID, Apeejay, YMCA etc, Journalism & Mass Communication guide is for those preparing for Jamia Mass Comm, IIMC, ACJ, Xaviers, Symbiosis, AMU, DU, Manipal, Apeejay, YMCA, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan and other colleges/universities of the country

Both the guides have solved questions -- both objective and descriptive -- sample questions as well as expected descriptive questions. The guide has covered current topics, GK, Media and Brand Awareness, English Lanuage Skills, Short Notes and much more. They will also guide you about media institutes with their brief details and give students group discussion and interview tips. To buy these e-guides, e-mail at (or call at + 91 9891038913)

Monday, March 25, 2013

e-Guide for Aspiring Media Students

By Raza Elahi

Recently, i have authored an e-Guide for journalism and mass communication entrance exam. The e-Guide, which is titled, Media Hive's Journalism & Mass Communication Entrance Exam Guide, is priced Rs 100 and is marketed by Media Hive.

I have written this guide after going through the Question Pattern of IIMC, Symbiosis, Xaviers and AJKMCRC. This book has solved questions, sample questions, expected descriptive and objective questions and answers. It also has many essays and short notes under various chapters.

The book covers current topics, General and Media Awareness, History, English Lanuage Skills and much more. Many media institutes conduct Group Discussion for those who qualify in written exam. This book has a chapter on Group Discussion Tips and expected topic for the GD.

It is a very helpful guide to students who sit for the entrance of Jamia Millia's Mass Communication Centre, Indian Institutes of Mass Communication, Asian College of Journalism, Symbiosis, Xaviers and other media institutes. Students who wish to take admission in mass media courses in Graduation in Delhi University's college or in any other private institute must also read this guide. To order this guide, e-mail at


Preface; Introduction; Media Awareness; General Knowledge; Current Affairs; Short Notes and Essays; English Language Skills; News Writing & Editing; Critical Analysis of TV Shows/Films; Expected Descriptive Questions; Famous Media Institutes; Reference Books for Entrance Test; Group Discussion Tips; Author’s Profile

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Book 'Nuances of Journalistic Writings' Launched

Writing English clearly is an important goal for all English learners, particularly those in the business of communication. To help them achieve this, i have authored my second book book titled Nuances of Journalistic Writings.

This book is very helpful for students, particularly those who are pursuing journalism and mass communication courses.

The book, which is published by Applied Books and marketed by Media Hive, is available at a special discount price of Rs 126. (Click Here)

Further, this book can also be read with profit by general readers as it has several interesting and topical write-ups in the chapters like Leisure Writing, Author’s Pick and Page 3 Journalism etc.

I am thankful to my friends P Ramesh Kumar (Assistant Editor, The Times of India), KJ Bennychan (Chief of Bureau, PTI), Sanjay Kumar (News Editor, Times of India), Amitabh Jha (Dy News Editor, Doha Tribune), Chandra Vardhan (Sr Journalist, Hindustan Times) for writing Testimonials, and Prof Equebal Hussain (HOD, English) for going through the manuscript and giving valuable inputs.

Nuances of Journalistic Writings can be ordered at or on 09891038913 or Click Here

Nuances of Journalistic Writings is presently available at following places:

Maktaba Jamia, Bhopal Ground, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Book Vook, Ist Floor, Living Style Mall, Jasola, New Delhi

Gaura Books, Sarai Julena, New Delhi

Urdu Book Review, New Kohinoor Hotel (Basement), Pataudi House, Darya Ganj, Delhi

Raunak Book Stall, in front of BARISTA, Community Centre, New Friends Colony, New Delhi


Education Times (Times of India) carried the book review on March 11, 2013.







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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Modi's Vibrant Gujarat Story: Propaganda vs Fact

By Raza Elahi

The recent article in a national newspaper by a Columbia University professor about the economic advances of Gujarat under the chief ministership of Narendra Modi has overlooked many hard realities that may not suit the later at a time when he is seeking votes.

Though Modi and his PR exercise have been successful in projecting the positive economic indicators during his tenure since 2001, yet it is also a fact that Gujarat was a much better state before Modi. The state has, in fact, slipped many notches in various economic and social parameters since Modi came to power.

During the period 1960–90, Gujarat had already established itself as a leader in various industrial sectors – textiles, chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, engineering, cement, dairy and gems & jewellery, etc. The Congress’ economic liberalisation policy further boosted the state’s economy. Between 1994-2001, Gujarat's state domestic product grew at 10%-13%, much higher than the all-India average. In manufacturing sector during 2000-01, Gujarat's share at the national level was an impressive 28.71%. All these happened before Modi took the charge of the state.

But Modi’s Gujarat is now ranked sixth among major states in terms of per capita income (PCI). In 2011, its PCI was Rs 63,996, after Haryana (Rs 92,327), Maharashtra (Rs 83,471), Tamil Nadu (Rs 72,993), Uttarakhand (Rs 68,292) and Punjab (Rs 67,473).

In terms of annual rate of growth, Gujarat under Modi regime (2001-10) stands third at 8.68% after Uttarakhand (11.81%) and Haryana (8.95%)during the period.

On industrial growth front, too, Gujarat with 12.65% growth between 2005-09 lagged behind smaller states like Orissa (17.53%) and Chhattisgarh (13.3%) during the period.

There are many more indicators like malnutrition and literacy rate, where ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ story looks hollow. According to latest government data, about half of Gujarat's children under five are short for their age or have stunted growth. Modi, who is aspiring to become prime minister, recently gave a childish and immature reasoning of ‘beauty conscious’ behind this problem. Does anyone know in which part of the world five-year-old girls are known to be figure-conscious?

Further, the argument that Gujarat’s progress in literacy rate, compared to its low literacy level during Independence, looks more impressive than that of even Kerala is another example of good PR skills. The truth, however, remains that in literacy rate, Gujarat today remains below Kerala and Maharashtra.

The Gujarat's growth story as propagated by Modi and his cronies deserve to be countered as it is not the story of all-inclusive. How can one beat the drum of his own success when many sections of the society -- tribals, dalits, Muslims, women and farmers -- suffer due to his government’s indifference?

Despite all the claims, it is a truth nothing but a truth that the 10 most backward talukas in the state are the tribals. Apply any indicators and parameters and you can find that the tribal regions and people there are the most backward in Gujarat.

What Mr Modi’s slate say about the suffering of cotton farmers? The Maharashtra government declared a package of Rs 2,000 crore for the cotton-growing farmers, but the Gujarat government’s silence on helping them deserves to be condemned. Prior to Modi, the state government used to purchase cotton from the farmers through state federations. But Modi government has closed down all the federations.

The conditions of women, too, in the state have deteriorated during the last decade. According to a recent report, the percentage of women suffering from anemia in the state has risen from 46.3% in 1999 to 55.5% in 2004.

While there is not much development in tribal areas of Gujarat, many Muslim pockets in the state lack even basic amenities. The Muslims claim whether it is the state’s biggest Muslim pocket Juhapura in Ahmedabad or Muslim localities in smaller towns of Nadiad and Godhra, all are being denied safe drinking water, street lights, drainage facilities and good roads. Many of them believe that the state government discriminates these pockets in opening up schools and dispensaries.

Post-Godhra riots, Muslims are still struggling to regain some space in the state’s socio-economic fabric. The government’s inability to protect them and their businesses during the riots is still fresh in their mind. Prior to the riots, Muslims dominated the state’s textile, diamond cutting & polishing, pharmaceuticals and processing industries etc. But their share in these manufacturing and organised sectors in the state is now just 13%, compared to all-India level of 21%. The Gujarat figure is much lower than Maharashtra (25%) and West Bengal (21%).

Does Modi not bother about their safety and growth? Is he simply trying to rehash the pages of history to project himself as “Vikas Purush”.

The recent court verdict on Gujarat riots and the accusation from the likes of ex-cop Sanjeev Bhatt about the state government’s role in perpetrating the riots in 2002, have embarrassed Modi on many occasions. Modi is, perhaps, trying to omit that blot from his head.

The best description of Mr Modi’s recent condition comes from an old village man, whom I met recently. He said that the post-Godhra riots had put the pitcher of sins on Modi’s head. The life sentence to his former minister Maya Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya riots case has now smashed the pitcher on his head.