K B Ganapathy

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KB Ganapathy, born in December 1939, has been a journalist for 31 years, having worked in The Indian Express and The Fress Journal, to name two. IN between he was also an advocate in Bombay and an advertising executive in Poona. In 1978 he started his own publications: Star of Mysore, an evening English daily, and Kannada morning daily Mysooru Mithra in Mysoor city, Karnataka. He has endeared himself to his readers through his personal columns on men and matters- Abracadabra and Hocus- Pocus - written in an inimitable style with wit, wisdom and sarcasm. His personal column Choomantra in Mysooru Mithra Kannada daily too is very popular. He published his first novel in Kannada, Adarshavadi, in 19992. The novel is an effort in exposing some of the socalled wildlife researchers. He also brough out the travelogue, America: An Area of Light in 1993. His English novel Cross and the colgs(1994) deals with a Christian missionary's attempts in Kodagu to convert weaker sections of the society to Christianity. A collection of A bracadabra (2003) was also published. He has received many prestigious awards in recognition of his contributions to journalism, which include the Karnataka Patrika Akademi Award (2001) and the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award (2008), the latter on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the unification of Karnataka State.

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