(The Essential Style appeared in the Oct-Dec 2002 issue of the Journal Of Communication Studies, Bhopal.)

Though Sir Ernest Gowers called his book The Complete Plain Words, no stylebook is ever complete. The Reuters Handbook For Journalists, The Economist Style Guide and The Times Guide To English Style And Usage are some good stylebooks which discuss many points of style. The present compilation has been undertaken by the author to include the essential points culled mainly from these books and also from his journalistic experience of over a decade. The Essential Style is chiefly intended for editors. It may also serve as a guide for writers who are in the process of developing a style of their own.

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