VoW 2019 - Speaker
Raj Kanwar: A thumbnail sketch
Raj Kanwar is one of the most well respected senior citizens of Dehra Dun. He has been a journalist and public relations/advertising professional in the early part of his long and eventful career. He also has had the distinction of being the first Public Relations Officer of ONGC.
Other than being a writer, Raj is also a successful entrepreneur; he is the founder-chairman of the SK Oilfield Equipment Co Pvt Ltd – a family owned enterprise that was founded in 1970. He retired as its executive chairman in 2000 to devote his full time to reading and writing. He has since written over 2000 articles, columns, essays, profiles etc on a wide variety of subjects in regional newspapers like Garhwal Post and The Himachal Times as also in the mainstream national newspapers such like The HINDU, the Hindustan Times, The Times of India and the Sunday Midday. His articles have also been published in leading Indian and international magazines and journals.
His first Book was the official history of ONGC that was published in 2006 to synchronize with its Golden Jubilee celebrations. His next Book ONGC: THE UNTOLD STORY published by BLOOMSBURY was launched in December 2018. His upcoming book DATELINE DEHRA DUN is an anthology of his numerous articles and columns on Dehra Dun and its iconic schools such like The Doon, the Welhams, Col Brown Cambridge, and of course the St. Joseph’s Academy.
He lives in Dehra Dun with his wife Amber of 54 years. Two of his three children are based in the USA. The third is the head honcho of the family-owned company based in Mumbai.