|Full Name||Tarun J Tejpal
|Profession||Journalist, Writer, Entrepreneur|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in feet inches- 5’ 11”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Date of Birth||15 March 1963|
|Age (as of 2023)||60 Years|
|Birth Place||Jalandhar, Punjab, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Pisces|
|Hometown||Jalandhar, Punjab, India|
|College||DAV College, Chandigarh
Panjab University, Chandigarh
|Educational Qualification||Graduate in Economics|
|Family||Father- Late Inderjit Tejpal (Army Personnel)
Mother- Late Shakuntala Tejpal
Brother- Kunwar Tejpal aka Minty (Writer, Director)
Sister- Neena T Sharma
|Address||A bungalow in Jangpura, South Delhi
A villa in Moira, North Goa
|Controversy||On 20 November 2013, he stepped down as editor-in-chief of 'Tehelka Magazine' for 6 months, after his female colleague alleged that she had been sexually assaulted by him at Hotel Hyatt Goa. The incident took place in Goa, and the Goa Police immediately filed an F.I.R. against Tejpal which lists charges, including rape, against him. A non-bailable warrant was issued against him after which he was arrested by the Goa Police on 30 November 2013. But, after 9 months, on 1 July 2014, Supreme Court granted him bail.
|Favourite Actor||Amitabh Bachchan|
|Favourite Writer||V S Naipaul|
|Girls, Affairs and More|
|Wife/Spouse||Geetan Batra (m.1985-present)
Daughters- Cara Tejpal, Tiya Tejpal
Some Lesser Known Facts About Tarun Tejpal
- Does Tarun Tejpal smoke?: No
- Does Tarun Tejpal drink alcohol?: Yes
- Tejpal was born into a modest Punjabi family with an army background.
- During his childhood, he was very keen to gain knowledge about world history and affairs. He was more interested in sports than studies.
- He used to make friends that were older than him.
- He met his wife during his college days in Chandigarh.
- He never went to his college to get his degree.
- He started his career in the early 1980s, by joining ‘The Indian Express.’
- After getting relocated to New Delhi, he joined a magazine called ‘India 2000.’
- In 1983, in just the second assignment of his life, he clinched an interview with the leader of Khalistan movement and firebrand Sikh preacher, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, which earned him some praise.
- In 1984, he joined ‘India Today’ magazine, and due to his popularity over there he gained the name “the Che Guevara of Indian journalism.”
- In 1994, he left ‘India Today’ and joined ‘The Financial Express.’ The same year, he joined their rival publication, ‘Outlook’, where he worked for many years as managing editor, but got sacked for non-performance.
- In 1998, he founded a publishing company called ‘India Ink.’
- By 2000, he started working on investigative stories with his long time colleague, Aniruddha Bahal. After exposing betting in cricket, they decided to start an online site to continue their work.
- In March 2000, after the emergence of the internet, he founded ‘tehelka.com’, an online independent news and views magazine known for doing ‘sting operations.’
- He was offered a ticket before the 2004 elections, but he refused because of his disinterest in the politics.
- For his gutsy sting operations, a group of contract killers was hired to kill him. Based on his experiences, he wrote his second novel, ‘The Story of My Assassins’ (2009).
- In 2009, popular magazine ‘Business Weekly’ listed him amongst, “India’s 50 Most Powerful People 2009.”