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    Pritish Nandy, was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar on 15th January 1951. He was educated at La Martiniere School, where his mother was a teacher. He is also said to have studied for a breif period of time at Presidency College, Kolkata.

    He has donned many caps in his career, those of a poet, journalist, politician, television personality and a film producer. He is also a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. He has several published books of his own poetry to his credit. He has also translated poems by others from Bengali into English.

    Nandy's first book of poems Of gods and olives was published in 1967. Three further volumes followed in the 1960s and a further 14 volumes were published in the 1970s.

    In July 1981 Nandy was nominated as a Poet Laureate by the World Academy of Arts and Culture at the Fifth World Congress of Poets in San Francisco.

    Thereafter, Nandy turned to journalism as a profession. He was the publishing director of The Times of India in the 1980s, and also the editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India from 1983 to 1991. He has also served as the editor of The Independent and Filmfare, and as the publisher of The Illustrated Weekly of India, The Independent, Filmfare, Femina, Science Today, Dharmayug and Madhuri. He currently writes as a columnist for The Times of India and over thirty other leading Indian newspapers.

    Nandy was elected to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament, in July 1998. He is on a number of committees including the National Committee to Celebrate 50 years of Independence, the Parliamentary Committee for Defence, the Parliamentary Committee for Information and Broadcasting, and the Telephone Advisory Committee.

    Pritish Nandy started his production company Pritish Nandy Communications in 1995. The first programme produced by the company was was a chat show entitled the Pritish Nandy Show. The World This Week was also produced under the same. This was followed by Fiscal Fitness, India's first weekly business show, on Zee TV, and The Pritish Nandy Business Show. Nandy has presented over 500 news and current affairs shows on Doordarshan, Zee TV and Sony TV.