A distinguished voice in IndianÂ journalism, LeelaÂ MenonÂ died on Sunday. She was 86. She has been suffering from various ailments for a long time and breathedÂ her last in Signature old age home, Kochi. Her body will be kept for public viewing at the Ernakulam Town Hall from 10 a.m to 12 noon before being cremated at Ravipuram Cemetry.
She was a pioneering womanÂ journalist who drew out her own path as she went. Many of her reports attracted a huge amount of attention and recognition.Â Leela Menon, who was currently theÂ chief editorÂ ofÂ Â Janmabhumi,Â began her journalistic career withÂ The Indian ExpressÂ in Delhi in 1978. After working there for 22 years, she started writing columns forÂ The Hindu, Outlook,Â andÂ Madhyamam.
Leela MenonÂ was born in Vengola, near Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district. She attended Vengola Primary School, Perumbavoor boys School, and Hyderabad Nizam college. She later became the first female telegraphist in India and worked there till 1978.
Leela Menon battled hard with cancer and was able to stage a full recovery. However, in the last two years, she had been suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and breathlessness. Her autobiography is ‘Nilaykatha symphony‘ in which she sharedÂ her experiences and hardships as a journalistÂ and her journey with cancer.