India honour for veteran PMB journalist

2010-12-27 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG journalist and Witness photographer Shan Pillay is among 26 journalists and editors from all over the world invited to attend the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2011 (Indian Diaspora convention ) in New Delhi from January 7 to 9, for non-resident Indians living abroad.

He was nominated for the trip by the consul-general of India, Anil Kumar Sharan.

Pillay has recently returned from his 24th trip to India.

“To live and learn the simplicity of life, and to see the wonders of architecture and the temples is something that I love,” he said.

Pillay started his journalistic career in 1957, writing for the weekly Golden City Post owned by J.R.A. Bailey. It was later taken over by the Argus Group, and more recently the Independent Newspaper Group.

“In 1979, the Argus Group offered me a full-time job which I turned down as I enjoyed working on a part-time basis, after hours and weekends,” said Pillay, who managed a large shoe factory in the city.

In the 1960s Pillay wrote a column for the The Natal Witness under the editorship of the late Stan Elridge, gathering news from Indian, African and coloured communities. He also wrote for Sunday newspapers.

As a freelance photographer he contributes to many daily and weekly newspapers.

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