Veteran journalist and columnist TVR Shenoy passed away at Manipal Hospital in Mangaluru on 17 April 2018. He was 77. Shenoy, hailing from Cherai in Ernakulam, started his career with Indian Express, and had worked with Sunday Mail, Malayala Manorama and The Week. He was awarded the Padmabhushan in 2003.
He was the longest serving journalist in Delhi, equally proficient in English and Malayalam though his mother-tongue was Konkani. He made it a point to write in a humourous style and used imageries from sports such as cricket. He had a huge readership because of his unique insight for news. Shenoy was quite friendly with almost all political leaders in Delhi and Keral.
We were so close and often his relatives thought I was also a Konkani. His memory was phenomenal. A sharp political analyst with a clear perspective of the power politics in Delhi, he had close friends from all political parties, despite his leanings towards the BJP.
Senior journalist Babu Joseph said that Shenoy’s was a household name for Malayalis. As his readers, his narratives were so complete that we all could know about the power centres in Delhi. He was good at following up on stories and his columns were delightful for their insights into the happenings and equations in the capital city.