Vir Sanghvi is probably the best-known Indian journalist of his generation. He became editor of Bombay magazine at twenty-two, making him the youngest editor in the history of Indian journalism. He went on to edit Imprint, and Sunday, which was then India's largest-selling weekly news magazine. From 1999 to 2004, he was the editor of Hindustan Times before being promoted to editorial director, a post he held till 2007, after which he continued at the paper as a columnist. His television career has included several award-winning shows on the Star TV network, NDTV, Discovery and other channels. His weekly political show Virtuosity on CNN-News18 is one of the channel's top-rated programmes.
He has a parallel career as India's leading food and travel writer. His many books include the bestselling Mandate: Will of the People, Men of Steel, Rude Food (which won the Cointreau Award for Best Food Literature Book in the world) and Madhavrao Scindia: A Life.