Off the Record: Untold Stories from a Reporter's Diary by Ajith Pillai tells you the truth behind some of the most historic events that have occurred in India. The book tells you about the lives of journalists, the dangers that they face, the thrill of being on the tail of a big story and the horrors they witness. This book also talks about the amount of truth that journalists are actually allowed to portray along with the secrets that they unearth.
This book offers you a firsthand view of some of the most shocking, true stories behind classified events. In Off the Record: Untold Stories from a Reporter's Diary, the author talks about the harsh reality that journalists face by discussing the rejections, the threats, the need to follow some principle and how hard it is to cope with all that. The author also talks about his life before entering the journalism field and the chance event of taking up journalism on the suggestion of a friend. From then on the author talks about the groundbreaking changes that journalism has gone through over the years and about some of the important aspects in the life of a journalist.
The author speaks of some of the most prominent events that occurred in the history of Indian journalism, like the Mumbai riots, the Kargil war and the shadows of the Vajpayee era. Some stories, like chasing Silk Smitha, tales from Kashmir and more offer interesting viewpoints that you may not have come across before. Off the Record: Untold Stories from a Reporter's Diary is written in the author's trademark wry style.