Sonny Mehta, the late husband of Gita Mehta, was an Indian editor and the editor-in-chief of Alfred A. Knopf.
Sonny also served as chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
Sonny and Gita had met at the University of Cambridge. They later got married and had a son, Aditya Singh Mehta.
Sonny died in 2019, after suffering complications from pneumonia. He was aged 77.
About Gita Mehta
Gita Mehta was a famous Indian and American writer and documentary filmmaker.
Mehta grew up in India, schooled at Girton College, and later obtained a degree from Cambridge University.
She was a trained journalist who specialized in covering war and conflict. She had worked briefly as a war correspondent for the NBC in the early 1970s. At the time, she produced the documentary – Dateline Bangladesh – based on the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war.
The documentary had earned critical acclaim in India and across the world.
As an author, Mehta had published five books which are available in over 21 languages, and have become best-sellers in Europe, the US, and India.
Most of her works were focused on India’s history & culture, war and conflict, but targeted at the Western audience.
In 2019, Mehta was honoured with “the Padma Shri”, which is India’s fourth highest civilian award.
Mehta passed away at her residence, in New Delhi, after a brief illness, on September 16, 2023, at the age of 80.