|Born||26 February 1949|
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Occupation||Writer, author, publisher, editor|
|Alma mater||Panjab University |
|Notable works||A Grain Of Sand In The Hourglass of Time: An Autobiography|
Ashok Chopra (born 26 February 1949) is a publisher, author, editor, and literary columnist. Author of Memories of Fire: A Novel, A Scrapbook of Memories: My Life with the Rich, the Famous and the Scandalous and Of Love and Other Sorrows, he has co-authored Agnostic Khushwant: There Is No God with the Indian author-columnist Khushwant Singh and A Grain of Sand in the Hourglass of Time with Arjun Singh, which he completed after his death on March 4, 2011, in 2012. He was executive editor with Vikas Publishing House, vice-president Macmillan India, publishing director UBS Publishers, executive director and publisher of the India Today Book Club and Books Today, as well as chief executive and publisher of HarperCollins Publishers India. Presently, he is the chief executive of Hay House Publishers in India.
Early Life and Journalistic career
Ashok Chopra was born in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, to a renowned painter, B. R. Chopra. He did his schooling from St. Edward's School, Shimla and went on to do his undergraduate studies from S. D. Bhargava College later. He joined the diploma course in Mass Communication and Journalism in 1971, of the Panjab University in Chandigarh, and further worked with theatre historian Balwant Gargi, for a year, at the Department of Indian Theatre in Chandigarh. From here he embarked to his career in Journalism, in 1973, as a sub-editor with The Tribune (Chandigarh). Besides contributing articles and features regularly he also acted as the paper's film and theatre critic.
In June 1975, he joined the Indian Express Limited as its Himachal Pradesh correspondent based in Shimla. He left journalism for book publishing in April 1978. Chopra also wrote book reviews, features and opinion pieces regularly for India Today.
- A Grain Of Sand In The Hourglass of Time: An Autobiography Publisher: Hay House (5 July 2012)
- Salam, Ziya Us (2015-02-11). "Journey with the written word". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- "Memories Of Fire - Penguin India". Penguin India. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
- "HarperCollinsPublishers India | A Scrapbook of Memories". harpercollins.co.in. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- "Of Love and Other Sorrows - Penguin India". Penguin India. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- "Agnostic Khushwant: There is No God! : Hay House Publishers India". www.hayhouse.co.in. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- "A GRAIN OF SAND IN THE HOURGLASS OF TIME : Hay House Publishers India". www.hayhouse.co.in. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- Angry Rao blasted suggestion of making Sonia Cong chief: Arjun
- "Ashok Chopra - Penguin India". Penguin India. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
- "PILF :: Speakers". pilf.in. Archived from the original on 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
- Ghai, S. K. One to One: Glimpses of Indian Publishing Industry. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. ISBN 9788120791985.
- IANS (2015-03-22). "Indians would rather spend on shoes, not books: Publisher Ashok Chopra (IANS Interview)". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
- "Tribuneindia... Modern Classics". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
- "The Tribune... Modern Classics". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
- Memories of Fire: Ashok Chopra tells us a story about childhood friends, and history
- "Publishing Today Jan 2008 - Institute of Book Publishing". www.instituteofbookpublishing.com. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
- "Books: Midnight and She". www.india-today.com. Archived from the original on 2000-01-26. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
- "Book review: Kamila Shamsies Salt and Saffron". Retrieved 2017-12-11.
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- Paintaings by Ashok Chopra