Francois Gautier was born in Paris in 1959. In the early eighties, he began freelancing in India for different publications and finally ended-up being the correspondent in South Asia, for the Geneva-based “Journal de Geneve”, then one of the best international newspapers in Europe. In 1993, he switched to Figaro, one of France’s leading newspapers for which he worked exclusively for eight years. He also started writing regular columns for Indian newspapers, first in Blitz Bombay, then in the Hindustan Times, later came the ‘Ferengi’s column” in the Indian Express, then the “French Connection” column in the Pioneer, as well as regular contributions for Outlook, Rediff, New Indian Express, Dainik Bhaskar, etc.
Francois has written several books: “Un autre Regard sur l’Inde” (Editions du Tricorne, Geneva-Paris), which has been reprinted thrice and for which he was invited in May 2000 to ‘Bouillon de Culture’, France’s most prestigious TV literary programme; “Arise O India” (Har Anand, 1999), “A Western journalist on India” (Har Anand, 2001), “India’s Self Denial” (Editions Auroville Press, 2001), “Swami, moine hindou et PDG” (Editions Delville, Paris, 2003, 8000 copies sold), “Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a Guru of Joy” (India Today Book Club, 2003; 11 reprints, 30,000 copies sold). “La Caravane IntÈrieure” (Les Belles Lettres, Paris, 2005), “A New History of India” (Har Anand, 2008)
Francois is now the editor in chief of the Paris-based La Revue de l’Inde and a director of a book collection on India with the same publisher. Francois is married to an Indian from Delhi, Namrita and shuttles between Pondichery, Bangalore and Delhi.
Francois, along with his wife Namrita, is also the trustee founder of FACT – India, which does exhibitions and commissions films documenting Human Rights abuse in South Asia. Amongst them: an exhibition on the persecuted minorities of Bangladesh, another one on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits (which was shown to the US Congress in 2005), a film on the trauma of 1947 and another one on the testimonies of the Mumbai train bombings of 2006.
A New History Of India by Francois Gautier
ISBN: 9788124114308 Format: Hardcover, 248p., Bibliography; Index; 23cm. Pub. Date: Jul 2008 , 1st ed. Publisher: Har Anand Publications Pvt. Ltd. Language: English Bagchee ID: 48648 Avg. [Rediff Books] Firstandsecond.com
Rewriting Indian History by Francois Gautier,
Publisher: India Research Press
This book endeavors; not only to show that India was great in all respects, spiritually, socially, culturally and even politically, but also that this greatness is still there today, waiting for India to awaken to Her true destiny.
The Guru of Joy by Francois Gautier
Hardcover - 184 Pages (Year: 2001) Har-Anand ~ ISBN: 8124105189
This is the authorized biography of one of the most magnetic men in the would today. A man who has an ever growing following of millions across the globe. From Bangalore to Bosnia, Surinam to South Africa, Tamil Nadu to Trinidad, his presence, grace and techniques has touched and transformed lives.
Arise O India by Francois Gautier
Pages: 184A book exhorting Arise O India, thy time has come again! As the West is beginning to realize that China is not the economic goldmine it thought, its eyes are turning more and more towards India and slowly, the imagers which clung to the land of Bharat for hundreds of years: poverty, Calcutta, the ubiquitous caste system, or Mother Teresa, are beginning to fade away.
A Western Journalist in India - The Ferengi's Columns
by Francois Gautier (Har-Anand, Rs 295)
This collection of articles represent the story of author's awakening to what feels is the true India, beyond the clichÃ©s and prejudices the West seems to have inherited from colonial times.