Over the last two decades, the exploits of one man, an IIT-Bombay alumnus, changed the way mainstream India looked at Goa and the political goings-on in the country’s smallest state. An Extraordinary Life traces the life and times of Manohar Parrikar through the informed voices of his relatives, friends, foes, bureaucrats and IIT contemporaries. The daily battles of a gifted individual are brought to the fore as he encounters love and vices. But more importantly, it showcases his rise in politics from the son of a grocery store owner in a nondescript town, a sanghachalak in Mapusa town, an Opposition MLA and leader, to a chief minister (on multiple occasions) and, finally, to a defence minister.
“An indefatigable and spirted politician, he chose to work until his last days, and left a mark wherever he went. ‘An Extraordinary Life’ by Sadguru Patil and Mayabhushan Nagvenkar chronicles the life and impact of Manohar Parrikar in Indian politics.”
Milee Ashwarya, Publisher, Ebury Publishing and Vintage Publishing, Penguin Random House India.
About the authors
A popular byline in the Goa media, Sadguru Patil has been working for leading Marathi newspapers since 1995. He was chief reporter with Dainik Gomantak and is now the Bureau Chief with the Goa edition of Lokmat. He has extensively covered politics and all major political developments in Goa. For ten years now, Sadguru’s incisive weekly political column ‘Saripaat’ has had an avid following. Sadguru has interviewed Manohar Parrikar on at least 20 occasions in different roles as an Opposition MLA, Opposition Leader, Chief Minister and Defence Minister. Sadguru lives in Panaji.
Known for his irreverence and occasional spells of unemployment, Mayabhushan Nagvenkar has been a journalist for nearly 22 years working out of Mumbai, Delhi and Goa. His bylines have appeared in Tehelka, Hindustan Times, The Asian Age, Associated Press, BBC, Firstpost, The Guardian, Daily Pioneer, Deccan Herald, Himal, Scroll, etc. He ran a popular blog, Penpricks, which critiqued media reportage in Goa. Currently, he is the Goa correspondent for the Indo-Asian News Service. He has covered politics in Goa and Parrikar extensively for 11 years. He lives in Anjuna.
Title: An Extraordinary Life: A Biography
Author: Sadguru Patil and Sadguru Patil
Publisher: Penguin eBury Press