'Hai Bangalore' edited by Ravi Belgagere that had become synonymous with sensational news in Karnataka may soon wind up its issues. The tabloid completed 22 years on September 25 and Ravi Belagere has spoken about closing the issue, reports One India.
In his interview to the portal, the journalist remembered the people who stood with him while he brought out the paper, week after week, since the day one. However, he is not keen to edit the paper in future and wants to wide it up. Not just the paper, Ravi Belagere has reportedly decided to close the Belagere Books and Coffee store in Gandhi Bazar. However, his articles on relationship 'O Manase' would continue.
It may be recalled here that Ravi Belagere was facing the arrest for breach of privilege after his defamatory articles on Assembly Speaker KB Koliwad, MLA BM Nagaraj and BJP MLA SR Vishwanath created quite a stir. While the paper still enjoys its dedicated readers, the journalist has decided to shut it down. These are the five reasons that Belagere gave to the portal for his decision to close down the edition.
"I want to write something that touches heart"
"I will be 60 by next March. How long will I write those articles whatever I have been writing all these while? Time has come for me to write something that carries more weight, qualitative and something that touches the chord with everyone."
"I need another 150 years to read books from my shelf"
"I have so many books that I may need another 150 years to read them. Besides, I love music, and there are a lot of books lying on my desk waiting to be translated. I need to get on to translation. So, it would be difficult for me to divide my energy."
"Need to give time to my favourite topic"
Ravi Belagere's 'O Manase' articles have been a huge hit with college-going students to homemakers. The write-ups delve on relationships. He has published a compilation of his writings on 'O Manase' that used to be a regular column in his newspaper. "I need to write O Manase. My daughter Bhavana has come forward to help me. I need to religiously schedule my time for it," he told One India.
"Time for family"
Ravi Belagere who has always been busy with his work has now decided to spend the rest of his life with his family. "I want to spend time with my grandchildren," he told the portal. The journalist also wants to give his time to Prarthana School, built by him. "The children over there are like my own. It's time I took care of them."
"Want to give something more to readers"
Ravi Belagere has treated his readers with his write-ups for over 25 years. He is the author of 89 books. He has written some of the controversial books. His recent book 'Raj Leela Vinoda' had created quite a controversy, forcing him to withdraw sales. His book on India's most wanted don 'Dawood', on Sino-Indian war 'Himalayan Blunder' and others have been widely appreciated. Through his Bhavana Prakashana, he has brought out many books. "I am happy that my books have served the readers. I can proudly claim that I created a big group of Kannada readers. But this is not the end. I want to give more to the readers. So, I want to dedicate my time to it," said Ravi Belagere.