Abhilash Khandekar, an eminent journalist of Madhya Pradesh, began his career as a sports journalist with Free Press Journal in Indore in early 1980s. Born in Mumbai, he studied in Indore and Pune and likes to be called a Madhya Pradeshi. With an MA in Political Science and M.Com, Khandekar has 30 years of experience in English, Hindi and Marathi journalism. He has worked with, among others, The Hindustan Times, and Daily News Analysis. Currently, he is working as editor of Hindi Dainik Bhaskar in Bhopal. He has successfully launched seven Marathi editions of the Dainik Bhaskar Group. He is also the editorial head of Maharashtra's Dainik Divya Marathi, first launched in 2011 from Aurangabad.He has travelled far and wide in India and abroad and has interests ranging from sports to wildlife to classical music. He has co-authored a pictorial book Birds of Sirpur, Indore. He lives in Bhopal .