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.

Biography[edit]

Ramesh Menon, is an author, journalist, documentary film maker and corporate trainer. He was born in Bangalore on 18 October 1955. He studied at Nowrosjee Wadia College for his B.A. (English Lit.) and completed his B.J. (Bachelor of Journalism) from the University of Poona. He has also done his Masters in Mass Communication apart from a Certificate course in Film Appreciation, Film and Television Institute, Pune, Certificate Course in Development Communication,BHU, Varanasi. He is the son of T. Madhavan Menon and Janaki Menon. He is married to Geeta Menon and lives in Noida.

Career[edit]

He has 37 years of 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 for The Energy and Resources Institute. He is presently freelancing for numerous newspapers, magazines and websites and regularly writes on development issues for www.indiatogether.org, Boloji.com, DNA, Reader’s Digest http://www.rdasia.com/arvind_kejriwal, Tehelka, http://tehelka.com/tag/hiware-bazar/, Prevention, Marie Claire and many other publications.

He is an Adjunct Faculty, Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.He also teaches at AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and head faculty and creative writing short-term course at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, New Delhi.

He has conducted corporate training for numerous organisations and companies on soft skills. 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. He was the co-ordinator for CEC-UGC produced educational programmes on mass communication.

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. 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 selected 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 get into our food cycle.

• 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 also done script writing for various 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? On 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.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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]

And currently working on Lighthouses of India a coffee table book on lighthouses for the Ministry of Shipping.

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