Untimely demise of Atulji (as he was popularly known) came as a great shock and I am yet not being able to recover from the shock, even though almost 24 hours has lapsed. In my brief stint of working with Amar Ujala
as GM – Marketing, I got opportunity to be close to Atul Maheshwari, a man with gentle voice and who always wore a soft smile on his face (and of course who loved his smoking) . I knew him as a cool operator, who knew how to handle different people in complex culture of newspaper industry and manage people. Surely it is a great loss for Amar Ujala family and Amar Ujala will never be the same without him and his presence would be felt forever.
I owe a lot him for being what I am today, as he was the person who gave me first opportunity in a national role, which changed my life forever.
My sincere condolences to the nearest kin and family members.
May departed soul rest in peace. Amen.
Sanjeev Singhai: 04/01/2011.