About

Oswald Pereira, a senior journalist, writer, an entrepreneur and a yogi, is the author of eight books, including, The Newsroom Mafia and Crime Patrol: The Most Thrilling Stories, both published by Westland. Annup Sonii was the co-author of Crime Patrol. Among Oswald’s other books are Revenge of the Naked PrincessChaddi Buddies, The Krishna-Christ Connexion, Golmaal In Goa, Army Girl Steals Civilian’s Heart and the self-help book, How to Create Miracles in Our Daily Life.

Oswald Pereira

He has worked in mainline newspapers and magazines in senior editorial positions in India and abroad, including The Times of IndiaFinancial ExpressOutlook, and Times of Oman. Oswald has also taught at The Times School of Journalism. In his forays outside journalism, he was Group Vice President of an IT company, and secretary general of the Call Centre Association of India; and owner of an image management consultancy and an editorial services firm. He now runs a spiritual website https://yourspositively.com. Oswald is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, and practises Kriya Yoga.   

Channeling his core competency in media-based solutions, built after decades of experience, Oswald has built a virtual powerhouse of editing, content, training and communication services. Oswald offers customised solutions to corporates, multilateral agencies, NGOs, publishing houses, and rofessionals.  His peerless media practices and rich and varied expertise has won him the trust of a global clientele.

Oswald also worked for four years with the Muscat-based The Times of Oman leading a team of journalists of various nationalities and reporting on the oil industry among other beats. He worked for two years as a special correspondent in New Delhi for the Muscat newspaper, Oman Daily Observer, covering national political affairs for the newspaper.

In the early part of his career in The Times of India, he covered communal riots and crime. In a bid to get first-hand information about the crime scenario, he spent time with Mumbai’s notorious underworld. Oswald wrote a weekly column, Police Lines for Times of India’s The Evening News of India. In The Free Press Journal, Oswald wrote a weekly labour column.

In Outlook magazine, where he held a senior position in the business bureau, he wrote
special stories, including cover stories on the power, telecom and information technology sectors.

He is considered a veteran in journalism. He has also appeared on television as an expert.

After his stint at the Times School of Journalism, his students never tire of crooning, “To Sir With Love.”

Oswald is an alumnus of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, where he studied Economics Honours.

TESTIMONIALS

Oswald Pereira at the launch of his novel, The Newsroom Mafia, at Crossword Bookstore at Kemps Corner, Mumbai, on December 8, 2011

Not only is Oswald Pereira a master of the crime genre but he is also an excellent editor, a patient listener and an extraordinary human being. In Oswald I haven’t found just a fantastic writer but also a lifelong friend and mentor.

  • Kanishka Gupta, Author and Literary Agent

Oswald Pereira I feel has advanced further as a writer in the past five years than in his previous stint as a journalist. His words engage you intellectually and leave you awakened, intrigued and excited. Each moment is flawlessly crafted—the characters are real and lush, the writing is coherent and enjoyable. Loaded with irony and paradox, the story deals sensitively with a plot line that could have been more sensationalistic. The strongest feature perhaps is Oswald’s clarity here and like his characters he portrays he’s serious. In a good way Oswald’s journey as a writer is getting closer and closer to an idea whose time has come.

  • Basheer Ali, Award Winning Cinematographer

I am really happy that from a ‘reporter’ of details Oswald Pereira has graduated to a full-fledged author. This transition is very difficult, as once you are a journalist you cannot move away from facts and remain tied down to reality. But now it seems that Oswald has successfully transited into the world of fiction.

  • Prakash Bal Joshi, Veteran Journalist and Artist

Oswald Pereira is a writer with rare insights and the ability to make words work for him. His creative and social integrity drives him to speak from the heart.

  • Cedric Serpes, Iconic Ad Guru, Songwriter, Singer and Indo-Anglian Poet and Writer

Oswald Pereira has an amazing imagination. I am looking at him a few years hence in the stratosphere of literary greats.

  • Rajan Sinha, CEO, Mantrana Consulting

Ever smiling. Ever patient. Ever persistent. That is Oswald Pereira in a nutshell. It is hard to believe that this jovial person would even know of the existence of the dark underworld, even more so to believe that he had once been a crime reporter. He has an unparalleled ability to turn acquaintance into friend. No wonder then that our interaction with him at the Times School of Journalism turned into a bond that has lasted far beyond his tenure as a teacher for most of us.

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