Behram Contractor

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Behram Contractor (1930 – 9 April 2001), also known as Busybee, was a figure in Indian journalism.

He worked at The Free Press Journal, Times of India (Bombay), and Mid Day before founding his own newspaper The Afternoon Despatch and Courier (better known as Afternoon) in 1985. Contractor continued to write articles for the Times of India and the Midday under the pen name Busybee even while serving as editor of his own paper, and his column Round and About was one of the most loved editorials in the city.

Contractor also wrote "Eating Out" which featured one of the best Mumbai restaurants giving a glimpse of many Indian and international cuisines.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1990,[1] and the Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 1996. In 1998, Contractor published From Bombay to Mumbai, a collection of the best of Busybee's columns from 1996 and 1997.

Behram Contractor died in 2001 from a heart attack.


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015.