Native Village/Country parent’s background:
I hail from Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
My father Sh. Balvir Nath Joshi Ji migrated from Pakistan during partition in 1947 at the age of 9 and settled at Jalandhar. Dad established Pipe Fitting Industry and also served as the Chief Accountant in private sector.
My mother Smt. Asha Joshi was born and brought up at Adampur, Jalandhar District. She was a house wife and a spiritual lady.
Your Early Education:
I am Bachelors of Law. I did my all education from Jalandhar Educational Institutes.
Your career advancement initiatives, volunteer work and present occupation:
I started as part-time journalist when I was pursuing LLB in early nineties.
Simultaneously, I worked for Environment Protection under the aegis of NGO, Jan Hit Sabha. I filled numerous Public Interest litigation (PIL) writ in Punjab and Haryana High Court with pray for shifting Polluting Industries from Residential areas of various cities of Punjab.
I practiced law at Jalandhar District Courts after completing LLB for a few years before joining Journalism as full-time career.
I worked in the field with various newspapers and news agencies including PTI, The Tribune, The Indian Express, Jansatta, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Uttam Hindu and Aaj Ka Jalandhar.
Presently I am working as Associate Editor with ANI (Asian News International) at New Delhi.
Your Regret in Life:
Pick Any One of the Best Achievements:
I covered various news-items during my three-decade of ongoing Journalistic career> However, I consider one of my stories as my best achievement as this heart touching story as over INR 60 lakhs were collected from the public for treatment of three-year-old Harshita who had a hole in her heart since birth.
Here is the link of that story carried in The Tribune in May, 2010
Any Comments on Modern Culture:
In my view, the new generations should maintain our traditional and rich values while adopting modern culture. Every society offer good as well as bad. Our youth should be persuaded to lead exemplary life instead of treading the path of destruction.
What Brought You Success?
I think success is a continuous process. Constant efforts and hard work are the keys which enabled me to achieve my present professional goals and I still challenge myself for pinnacle.
Are You Willing to Help Upcoming Professionals and How?
Everyday is the learning day and learning is the continuous process. I am available to new entrants in the field of Journalism and offer my three decades of experience so that they can jump start their promising career.
Your Message for Canadians of Asian Origin:
Keep on shining. Distance is not a barrier. Internet has converted the whole World into Global village and any news in any part of Globe is flashed in the split of a second. Our Youth should use Social media judiciously. Focussed approach is need of the hour. International students from Punjab/India should demonstrate high degree of discipline, ethics, honesty and compassion.