Ramesh Menon

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This article is about the Indian author and journalist. For the Malaysian cricketer of the same name, see Ramesh Menon (cricketer).

Ramesh Menon is an Indian author.


Ramesh Menon, is an author, journalist, documentary film maker and corporate trainer. He was born in Bangalore on 18 October 1955. He grew up in Pune. He completed his B.A. (English Lit.) from Nowrosjee Wadia College and completed his B.J. (Bachelor of Journalism) from the University of Poona. He then completed his Masters in Mass Communication. He completed a Certificate Course in Film Appreciation from Film and Television Institute, Pune and another Certificate Course in Development Journalism from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He is the son of T. Madhavan Menon and Janaki Menon. He is married to Geeta Menon and lives in Noida. His son, Vijay Menon, lives in Dubai.


He has 38 years of varied media experience with newspapers, television channels and the new media. He started as a columnist with Poona Herald in 1977. He was a reporter with The Times of India, Associate Editor, India Today, Executive Producer, Business India Television, TV Today, Roving Editor of rediff.com and Advisor at The Energy and Resources Institute.

He is presently the Managing Editor, of two fortnightly magazines, India Legal, a politico-legal magazine www.indialegalonline.com and Views on News, a media magazine www.viewsonnewsonline.com

Earlier, he had freelanced for numerous newspapers, magazines and websites and writes on development issues for www.indiatogether.org, www.boloji.com, DNA, Reader’s Digest http://www.rdasia.com/arvind_kejriwal, Tehelka, http://tehelka.com/tag/hiware-bazar/, Prevention and many other publications.

He lectures frequently at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune, AJKMCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and is the Head Faculty of the Creative Writing short-term course at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, New Delhi. http://www.sac.ac.in/creative-writing-courses.asp

He has conducted corporate training on soft skills for numerous organisations and companies. Some of them are Airtel, Hewitt, Dockendale Ship Management Pvt. Ltd., WABCO, Dr. Oetkars, DS Group, CNN-IBN, NTV, News X and rediff.com among many others.

Documentary Films[edit]

He has directed and scripted numerous documentaries on social and environmental issues.

• Directed, Scripted and Produced: Taj Mahal - Not a Love Story a 30-minute documentary for the World Bank and Business India Television. Was entered in the competitive section of an International film festival in 1997. Was also screened at an environmental film festival in Hyderabad, 1997. Was aired on TVI numerous times.

“Climate Change”, a documentary for the United Nations Environment Programme and the Indian Ministry of Environment. 

Was screened at the international meet, COP-8. (Conference of Parties-8) where climate experts from all over the world attended. • Directed and Scripted “Global Warning” a 24 minute film financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Deals with the challenges of climate change and how it will impact the world. This film was one of the 24 Indian films nominated by Vatavaran, India’s exclusive Environment and Wildlife Film Festival 2003.

• Directed and scripted “Climate Change” a short film that was showcased at COP-8 in New Delhi that was attended by climate change experts from all over the world.

• Directed and Scripted “The Slow Poisoning of India”, a 26 minute film on pesticide poisoning in agriculture and the damage it does as chemicals enter our food cycle. Search for it on www.freedocumentaries.com

• Directed and Scripted “A New Dawn in the Himalayas”, a 24 minute film supported by the United Nations Environment Programme. It talks of how women in Uttaranchal and Himachal are trying to get round their problems of acute water and fuel wood shortage and how micro credit has helped many see a new day.

• Directed and scripted a 24-minute film, “Give us a Life….Please!” It deals with how a degraded environment affects children in India. http://www.worldcat.org/title/give-us-a-life-please/oclc/122933112

He has scripted the following films:

• Learning to Dream Again: on Joint Forest Management •

Daughters of the Soil: on how women have to be seen as farmers and not agricultural labourers in India.

• Taj Mahal-Beyond the Love Story: on Pollution in Agra and how livelihoods of the poor cannot be less important than protecting a monument.

• To their credit… : on how poor women with small loans have changed the fortunes of their families. • Water ignites life and hope: on watershed management. • Where is my dinner?: deals with hunger and poverty in India

• A New Prescription: on the poor state of women’s health in India. • An Area of Darkness: on the lack of electricity in rural India.


  • Caste and Communal Timebomb, Golwala Publications, Ahmedabad, 1986: It dealt with the tragedy of caste and communal violence that had torn Gujarat and was co-authored with late Prof. Pravin Sheth, a political scientist, "[1]
  • Whatever the Odds, Harper Collins India, Published in 2011. Deals with the amazing story of K.P. Singh, real estate magnate and chairman, DLF. Is the story of how he rose from being a captain in the Indian army to one of the richest Indians and how a city like Gurgaon was built by him. " [2]

'Carbon Footprint: Reducing it for a better tomorrow TERI Press, New Delhi, Published in 2013. Environment Chronicles: The best of Terra Green. Published by TERI in 2012. He authored two chapters: Women as Protectors of Biodiversity and Tainted Tales. "[3]

Environment Chronicles: The best of Terra Green. Published by TERI in 2012. He authored two chapters: Women as Protectors of Biodiversity and Tainted Tales. "[3]

• Night Sparkle: Fascinating Stories of Indian Lighthouses, Matrix Publishers, New Delhi, Published in 2013, deals with lighthouses and its lightkeepers all along the Indian coast from Gujarat to West Bengal. http://www.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/contentView.do?tabId=13&programId=10350680&contentId=16304398&contentType=EDITORIAL

• Modi Demystified: The Making of a Prime Minister, Harper Collins India, Published in 2014 deals with the decade long rule of Modi in Gujarat, his rise in the BJP and his journey to New Delhi as the Prime Minister in 2014 in a historic election.

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