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Vinod Mehta was until February 1, 2012, the editor-in-chief of Outlook India. He is at present an advisor to the magazine.
Mehta was born in Rawalpindi, in Pakistan. His family fled to India when he was three. He grew up as an army brat from a Punjabi refugee family in the syncretic culture of Lucknow of the 1950s—an experience that turned him into an unflagging 'secularist'. He attended La Martinere school in Lucknow and the university there. Leaving home with a BA third class degree, he experimented with a string of jobs, including that of a factory hand in suburban Britain, before accepting an offer to edit Debonair in 1974, a journal best known for featuring naked women. With the eclecticism and flair that were to become his hallmark, he turned it into a lively magazine while managing to keep the fans of its center spreads happy.
The next three decades saw him become one of India's most influential editors as he launched a number of successful publications such as the Sunday Observer, the now defunct Bombay daily, The Independent, and the founder-editor of The Pioneer (Delhi edition). Currently, he is editorial chairman of the Outlook Group.
Vinod Mehta has authored a biography of Meena Kurnari and Sanjay Gandhi, and published (in 2001) a collection of his articles under the title Mr Editor, How Close Are You to the PM? His much acclaimed memoir, Lucknow Boy, was published in 2011.
Mehta lives in New Delhi. He is married to Sumita Paul, a journalist who has worked for the Pioneer and the Sunday Times of India. He also has a daughter from an old affair from this younger days. He said nobody, other than his wife, knew about his daughter until he wrote about it in his book. He said he spoke to his wife and she encouraged him to write about it.
He has a dog, Editor, and lives in New Delhi with his wife. 
Major works 
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- Bombay: A Private View
- The Sanjay Story
- Meena Kumari (1972)
- Mr Editor, how close are you to the PM?
- Lucknow Boy: A Memoir
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