Neelesh Misra

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Neelesh Misra
Neelesh Misra
Neelesh Misra during a recording of his poems Purane Khat written by a member of his mandli Abhinav Saxena also known by Abhi nigam.
Born (1973-05-05) 5 May 1973 (age 44)[1]
Nainital, India
Residence Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater St Joseph's College, Nainital, Mahanagar Boys' Inter College Lucknow, DSB Government Degree College, Nainital, Indian Institute of Mass Communication
Occupation Writer, lyricist (Bollywood), Script-writer (Bollywood), Storyteller, photographer, journalist, entrepreneur
Known for Yaadon Ka IdiotBox,
Gaon Connection
Spouse(s) Yamini Misra (Present)
Nidhi Razdan (Divorced)
Children Vaidehi Misra
Awards Ram Nath Goenka Award, K. C. Kulish Memorial Award

Neelesh Misra (Hindi: नीलेश मिश्रा) (born 1973) is an Indian journalist, author, radio storyteller, Bollywood director, scriptwriter, lyricist and photographer.[2] He is most known for his radio show, Yaadon Ka IdiotBox with Neelesh Misra on BIG FM 92.7.[3] He is co-founder-editor of Gaon Connection, India's rural newspaper. He has also founded a content creation company called Content Project Pvt. Ltd.[4]He is currently working on his new radio show,"The Neelesh Misra Show"on Red FM 93.5.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Lucknow and brought up in Nainital,[5][6] His father belonged to a village, Kunaura 160 km from Lucknow.[7]

Neelesh Misra did his schooling from boarding school, St. Joseph's College, Nainital (1988) and Mahanagar Boys' Inter College, Lucknow (1990). He did his graduation from DSB Government Degree College, Nainital (1993),[8] and later studied at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi.


As a journalist, he has covered conflict and insurgency over the past two decades in South Asia, travelling deep into the hinterland. His travels have taken him from the rebel heartlands of Kashmir to Naxalite-dominated areas of central and eastern India, to the faraway north-east which is home to some of the world's longest running insurgencies. He has closely studied the Maoist insurgency in Nepal. For his reportage from India's insurgency lands, he received the Ramnath Goenka Award For Excellence in Journalism[9] and the K.C. Kulish Memorial Award in the year 2009. Presently he is the Editorial Director of his rural newspaper Gaon Connection.

He has written five books, including the well received The Absent State (2010), which he co-wrote with Rahul Pandita[10]

Neelesh started his career as a Bollywood lyricist, when while researching for a book in Mumbai, he met director Mahesh Bhatt, which led to his debut song Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai for Jism (2003),[5] this was followed by hit songs like Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai for Woh Lamhe (2006), and went on write over 20 songs in over 15 films.[11][12][13] In 2012, he co-wrote the screenplay for Salman Khan starrer, Ek Tha Tiger, along with film's director Kabir Khan.[6]

He was the creative director, singer and songwriter in the India's first writer-led band, Band Called Nine, with singer Shilpa Rao and composer Amartya Rahut, working with traditional Indian craft of Qissa Goi (storytelling).[14][15] The band was launched in 2010, at the launched at the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai.[11] In 2011, the band released its debut album, Rewind, consisting of songs and storytelling, put together with narrative recited by Misra.[6][15]

He is also a blogger.,.[16] His blog contains his experiences during his days as senior roving editor, his thoughts on various issues, and the poems he has written. He hosts a radio show, Yadoon Ka Idiotbox on BIG FM 92.7, set in fictitious small town, Yaad Sheher, and which started its second season in 2012. He also hosts " The Neelash Mishra" show on 93.5 RED FM.[3][6] In late 2012, he along with Karan Dalal, started a rural newspaper, Goan Connection, based in Kunaura, a village near Lucknow.[7][17]




As Editor[edit]

  • India Yatra (Harper Collins, 2009, with a foreword by Nandan Nilekani)[24]
  • Inspired India: Ideas to Transform a Nation, Harper Collins, 2010, with a foreword by APJ Abdul Kalam. ISBN 978-81-7223-782-0
  • Dream Chasing ,One Man's Remarkable True Life Story, a book by his father, Dr. S.B.Misra.(Roli Books, 2011,with a foreword by Sam Pitroda. ISBN 8174368191.[25]


  • Ram Nath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (under the category "Covering India Invisible", for a nine-part series on insurgency, titled "India Besieged")[citation needed]
  • K. C. Kulish Memorial Award (jointly with Pakistan's Dawn newspaper, for the series "The New Muslim")
  • K. C. Kulish Memorial Merit Award (for a nine-part series on insurgency, titled "India Besieged")

Personal life[edit]

Misra married Nidhi Razdan, a news anchor and editor, in 2005.[26][27] The couple divorced in 2007. Misra is currently married to Yamini Misra.[28]




  1. ^ Neelesh Misra: Info
  2. ^ Neelesh Misra | LinkedIn
  3. ^ a b "Neelesh Misra: The journalist, lyricist and author on reinventing the art of storytelling". Outlook. 24 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Misra's post about Content Project Pvt. Ltd. on Facebook
  5. ^ a b "Next Big Thing: Meet Neelesh Misra". IBN LIVE. 2 June 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Neelesh Misra: Reviving the traditional storytelling". CNN-IBN (IBN LIVE). 18 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Tapping the rural news space". The Hindu. 10 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Info:Official page
  9. ^ Express, Indian. "Ram Nath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism he has been editor of hindustan news paper". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Sudhir Mishra (17 September 2010). "Book Review: The art of losing a war". Hindustan Times. 
  11. ^ a b "Nine times lucky". Hindustan Times. 20 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "I was offered to script film on Benazir Bhutto: Neelesh Misra". The Hindu. 7 February 2009. 
  13. ^ "Zindagi Reprise lyrics". Times Post. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Shilpa Rao to sing for webcert online". Hindustan Times. 19 December 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Band Called Nine releases its debut album". The Indian Express. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  16. ^ India. "User Profile: Writer At Large". Blogger. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Goan Connection website
  18. ^ - The Absent State
  19. ^ - 173 Hours in Captivity
  20. ^ - End of the Line: The Story of the Killing of the Royals in Nepal
  21. ^ - Once Upon a Timezone
  22. ^ - Neelesh Misra ka Yaad Sheher Volume-I
  23. ^ - Neelesh Misra ka Yaad Sheher Volume-II
  24. ^ HarperCollins Publishers India Ltd.
  25. ^ - Dream Chasing ,One Man's Remarkable True Life Story
  26. ^ "Actual romance blooms in small towns: Neelesh Misra". 29 November 2005. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  27. ^ "Nidhi Razdan". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  28. ^ "Gaon Connection: Going beyond the village". 2 July 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  29. ^ About - Writer At Large

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