Robert Clements is a newspaper columnist and writes a daily column, which has graced the pages of over 60 newspapers and magazines, from a daily column in the Khaleej Times, Dubai, the Morning Star, London, and in nearly every state in India, from The Statesman in Kolkata, to the Kashmir Times in Kashmir to the Trinity Mirror in Chennai. Mumbaikars have read his column in the Times of India, Asian Age, Free Press Journal, Lok Sakta, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Nashik, Sakal Times, Pune, Andaman Chronicle, and in The Afternoon Despatch and Courier when his column, Bob’s Banter took over Busybee’s daily column after the death of Behram Contractor. He also has a column in The Examiner, Indian Currents and Teenager magazine
Bob, as he is popularly known is the only Indian columnist whose articles appear daily in Bangladesh’s most popular newspaper, The Independent and in the Daily News, Sri Lanka. His column is also translated into Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi everyday, and published in the Punjab Kesri, Punjab. The Hindsamachar, into Urdu and the Jagbhani, into Punjabi. He has an estimated readership of over six million!
Robert Clements, also built his own business in the city of Mumbai from scratch, rising from a lad of 22 landing in the city with one set of clothes and a borrowed 500/- (to buy his train tickets) to buying his own 4 bedroom home in Andheri, and four cars by the age of 29. With a passion for writing, he gave up his business 15 years ago and is now a full time Newspaper Columnist.
He was a President of the Rotary, is on the English Board of the Nagindas Khandwala College, Malad and is a Vice President of the Bible Society of India
He is a widely respected motivational speaker, and has been on the list of speakers, called by Rotarians to speak at their meetings, for the last ten years or more. He is also called to speak at Businessmen’s meets, where his emphasis is on character building. The subjects he loves talking on are about doing Business and also the art of Writing. Talks he has given include, ‘Building a Business Using the Trust Formula’, ‘Why I write, how I write!’ ‘The Art of Public Speaking’ ‘Fake News versus Breaking News,’ etc. etc. He was also instrumental in teaching public speaking free to school children and homemakers, as a means of speaking up and being heard. His first thrusts into writing were radio plays for Radio Addis Ababa, he has written more than eighty such plays. He was also the Emcee for the Navy Week in 2010, and the one who sang the theme song for Big Boss 5.
Robert Clements has a Masters in English Literature from MCC, Madras after completing his BA in the same subject from Loyola. Most of his schooling was from Clarence, Bangalore.
What he has learnt from life, is what he’d like to share with you through his columns!