An Extraordinary Life
A Biography of Manohar Parrikar
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.
Sadguru Patil has been working for various Marathi newspapers since 1995. He has worked as chief reporter with Dainik Gomantak and is now the bureau chief with the Goa edition of Lokmat. He has covered politics extensively and all major political developments in Goa in that period.
Known for his irreverence and occasional spells of unemployment, Mayabhushan Nagvenkar has been a journalist for nearly twenty-two years in Mumbai, Delhi and Goa. Currently, he is the state correspondent for the Indo-Asian News Service based in Goa, largely covering politics and reviewing books.