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Dileep Padgaonkar
, former Editor of The Gulf Today and currently, the Director of The Times of India, in an exclusive interview with GoDubai.

Padgaonkar brings to his latest assignment, 30 years of experience in journalism.

About me : Born and brought up in Poona, India, I have trained as a filmmaker and philosopher. Journalism has been a passion since childhood. It probably speaks for my boundless curiosity about human folly.

Journalism ishistory's exhilarating mistress.
My favourite interview was:V. S. Naipaul
Best time of the day: Dawn
Worst Time of the day: Dusk
Highpoint in my career : Renouncing a job when the going was good
An editor's nightmare: A crashing computer
I enjoy :to be left alone in the kitchen
I dislike:Sloth
My favourite news beat :Crime
My favourite author:Octavio Paz
My idol :Jawaharlal Nehru
What makes Dubai tick:focused on the future
My last words:Have I met my deadline?

More about Dileep Padgaonkar :

A degree in Political Science and German, a diploma in Cinematography, and to top it all a doctorate in humanities from the University of Paris- The perfect spring board for a career in journalism.

Mr. Padgaonkar covered Europe for The Times of India for five years.

From 1978 to 1986, he served Unesco in senior capacities.

He was appointed Editor of The Times of India in December 1988.

In 1994, Padgaonkar, together with three of his senior colleagues, set up Asia- Pacific Communication Associates (APCA), India's first multi-media organisation run exclusively by media professionals. He is the chairperson of APCA.

He has been an active participant in several international seminars on politics, culture and the media and is also one of the founder- editors of Biblio, a monthly journal devoted to books and ideas.

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