Overview for Counting My Blessings
For eighteen years, B.K. Karanjia held the most glamorous job in India. The job: Editor of Filmfare, a magazine devoted to the starry world of Indian cinema, a distractingly beautiful, irresistibly beguiling setting to millions of people. In Counting My Blessings, Karanjia takes us behind the dancing images onscreen to this world, part fantasy, part heartbreaking reality. But first, there is an equally fascinating story that precedes this one, his own. His father was a doctor, his mother a music lover and ardent Napoleon fan. Bright as a student, he entered into a fairy tale romance with Abad, who would become his wife, cleared the ICS examinations and seemed all set for a life lived happily ever after. Instead he decided the job of a bureaucrat was not for him, and chose, in a somewhat Napoleonic vein, the harder one of film journalism, publishing a magazine that left him moneyless. The magazine closed down, but the association with the film world continued with other magazines, and with film bodies such as the Film Finance Corporation, and he provides an incisive analysis of a host of issues connected with the industry in the memoir. He also recounts his efforts to encourage the new cinema movement, which brought stature to an industry known for size more than quality. Enlivening the narrative are his warm portraits of his family itself and mentors, friends and colleagues, including a smattering of the famous, Sohrab Modi, Motilal, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala among them. Sometimes provocative, always honest, Counting My Blessings is an entertaining account of a memorable life.
B.K. Karanjia (Author)
B.K. Karanjia, journalist and author, edited Filmfare, a Times of India publication (1961-77), and Screen, of the Indian Express group (1978-88). He was chairman of the Film Finance Corporation (1969-76) and also of the National Film Development Corporation (1988-91). For several years he was a member of the advisory committee of the Film and Television Institute of India and the National Film Archives of India. He has served on various national and international film juries. Among his published books are Portrait of a Citizen, a biography of Rustom Masani; A Many-Splendoured Cinema, a compilation of editorials from Screen; More of an Indian, a novel; Masks and Faces, a collection of short stories; Blundering in Wonderland, a partial memoir; Godrej: A Hundred Years, a history of the Godrej group in two volumes; Give Me a Bombay Merchantâ€”Anytime!, the life of Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy; Final Victory: The Lifeâ€”and Deathâ€”of Naval Pirojsha Godrej; Sohrab Godrejâ€™s memoirs, entitled Abundant Living, Restless Striving; and Vijitatma, a monograph on Ardeshir Godrej, the pioneer-founder of the Godrej corporation.