Aditya Magal

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Aditya Magal (born 1985) is a writer and blogger from India who runs the popular Secret Journal of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala blog. He has also been a columnist for HT Brunch magazine, the Sunday supplement of the Hindustan Times.[1] and has written for Hindustan Times,[2] The Economic Times,[3] Outlook Magazine[4] and JAM among others.His first novel titled 'How to become a billionaire by selling Nothing' was released by Random House in May 2014.


Magal has gained popularity primarily as a Humorist and satirist though he has written non-humorous material also which have been less popular.He blogs under the pseudonym Fake Jhunjhunwala and runs the parody blog The Secret Journal of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala based on Legendary Indian Investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.He also runs an associated Twitter handle @jhunjhunwala.Most of his posts and tweets are funny outtakes on Indian politics and business. His sharp and incisive humour has attracted laughter and criticism for being outrageous and bold at the same time.

In 2009,a still anonymous Magal gave his first interview to after nearly two years of blogging anonymously.

In 2010, Forbes Magazine[5] did a feature on him in their March issue which asked who Magal was.He was also featured on MoneyControl[6]

He has also been featured and mentioned in publications such as Mint,[7] Outlook Magazine,[8]Mid-day,[9] JAM Magazine,[10] Hindustan Times,[11][12]OPEN Magazine,[13] Pune Mirror,[14] DNA[15] and Business Standard.[16]

His Twitter handle is immensely popular and is followed by more than 60,000 followers comprising people of all ages and professions.

In 2012,after nearly four years of blogging anonymously his identity was revealed in a front page feature in the June 7th edition of The Economic Times where he was reported to have had a wonderful meeting with the real Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.[17]

In 2013,he was once again featured in the edition of 23 October of the Hindustan Times Business section.[18]

In April 2014,Magal announced that his first book titled 'How to become a billionaire by selling Nothing' will be released in May 2014.


He was mistaken to be the real Rakesh Jhunjhunwala by Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta in an article for The Indian Express on 24 December. Gupta who quoted Magal's tweets as the real Jhunjhunwala's was later forced to apologise and withdraw his statements pertaining to Jhunjhunwala.The incident was chronicled in Churumuri.[19]


  1. ^ "The literal dialogue". Hindustan Times. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "A note to offenders from the offended". Hindustan Times. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Budget 2013: This budget will create new problems, says the law of Jhunjhunomics". The Economic Times. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mind Over Money | Fake Rakesh Jhunjhunwala". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Forbes India Magazine – Will the Cyber Rakesh Jhunjhunwala Please Stand Up?". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Will the cyber Rakesh Jhunjhunwala please stand up?". 22 February 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Nesil Staney (11 May 2009). "Stocks take a beating, cult status still intact". Livemint. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Status Update? Bad | Debarshi Dasgupta". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blogs go faux". 5 September 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "FAKE THIS! | Jam Magazine". 23 April 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Fake Twitter profiles make for a great laugh". Hindustan Times. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Make them laugh in 140 characters". Hindustan Times. 14 November 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jhunjhunwala's Real Bull Run". OPEN Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "ePaper Lite – Times of India Publications". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Twitter: When the fakes beat the originals – Lifestyle – DNA". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Devangshu Datta:". Business Standard. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "How parody blogger Aditya Magal impressed Rakesh Jhunjhunwala". The Economic Times. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Meet Aditya Magal, the fake Rakesh Jhunjhunwala on Twitter – Hindustan Times". 23 October 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "'Fake' Jhunjhunwala takes on real Shekhar Gupta | sans serif". 24 December 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2013.