She has created and edited some of The Times of India’s most successful papers. `Erratica’, her satirical column in the ToI, has had an increasingly devoted following since 1994, as does ‘Giving Gyan’, her more recent, straight-talking relationships column in the Mumbai Mirror.
Ms Karkaria was the first journalist seriously to track AIDS in India, and is now an internationally consulted authority on the subject. A game-changer, she is significantly responsible for the city-centric look of the print media. Multi-faceted local reporting and performance enhancement are the key components of her training sessions for journalists in India and abroad. She is a regular panelist on TV news networks. Ms Karkaria is the first Indian on the Board of the Paris-based World Editors Forum.
Her books include Dare to Dream, a best-selling biography of the legendary hotelier MS Oberoi, Mumbai Masti, a richly illustrated book capturing the city’s quirky soul, The Cake That Walked, on Flurys, Calcutta’s iconic tea-room, plus collections of her columns, Erratica, and earlier writing, Your Flip is Showing. She has written the commissioned corporate biographies of the Times of India Group and of Larsen & Toubro, India’s global engineering giant. She has contributed insightful essays to books documenting India’s social transformation