I was on vacation in the South Canara and Hassan districts for the past one week (and visited Shravanabelegola once more — a place that one can visit every year and feel the awe and peace every single time!). So, missed the news of the passing away of B G Verghese. Here is Ram Guha’s obituary in The Telegraph:
On coming down from Cambridge, Verghese joined the Times of India. He worked in that paper in the first, heady decades of Independence, covering the first elections, the conflicts with Pakistan, and the construction of high prestige projects such as the Bhakra-Nangal dam. This was a time of hope and idealism, when the politicians and bureaucrats were honest and committed to building a new India, a time Verghese describes with empathy and zest in his immensely readable memoir, First Draft.
I am yet to read First Draft but will get to it sometime.