Seeking Order In Disorder.

Garbage Beat

A dummies guide to become a hot shit tv reporter

Did Laila really say that? Not in her wildest dreams, not till sometime ago...

Laila is on the entertainment beat a world full of vain heroines, egoistic superstars, spirited item girls, prissy stars ... To top it all, life in the newsroom is a series of deadline-driven bloopers. Adding to the mayhem is a sexy Bollywood journo-turned-item girl Latika; Chiki, the reporter who is obsessed with a superstar; award-winning super hack Indumati; and their razor-sharp and hard-to-please editor Bunny.

Caught between her ambition to excel, a live-in boyfriend who feels ignored, and a father who is ashamed of her career choice, Laila realizes that the life of an entertainment reporter is not the glamour ride she had expected ... because, on the Garbage Beat, reporting is a harrowing, ball-crushing, back-breaking affair.


“Lessons learnt: Never wear heels to any red-carpet event even if you are on this side of the divide. Never lose sight of your camera person. Never stand next to a bouncer. It’s the worst possible place to be even if you are a duly invited member of the national press. For them you are nobody. Never make a star, however small, think you don’t want his byte. Trust me, he will never forget the slight, and it’s a small world. Always roll a tape when the big stars are in the frame. Otherwise the big fat stories you miss will bite your arse later. Never leave your spot.”

- Shail Raghuvanshi

“ Garbage Beat by Richa Lakhera has a quintessential setting of the immense lights, action drama, bitching, scandals, hot wars, politics, unheard rumours, one- upmanship and what not of the media world. Richa brings you an opportunity to experience it all in her kick ass action packed book.You will laugh your guts out thats a promise. This book will make your winter balmy. Grab a copy now! ...”

- Chandra Pandey

“ Fantastic Read.....Exlosive and hilariously funny.....must must read.. For all bollywood lovers..A scandalous journey into TV land ...Loved the Item girls and their bizarre antics.....Smacks of truth.. ...”

- Yashpal Khemani

“ Richa’s debut novel Garbage Beat is a captivating tale of a young elegant girl journalist named Laila working in EMTV as an entertainment journalist Richa has employed the very colloquial and garnished language that augments the pleasure of reading. Use of some technical terms of TV journalism like AUX ,OTS and DVC etc. edifies the mechanism of TV journalism to the readers and also makes the novel quit interesting. Precisely it’s a book of grandeur that not only entertains you but also gives you the knowledge of contemporary journalism.”

- Farhan Khan