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Silver Jubilation

Starting its journey way back in 1995, Outlook has completed 25 years and this issue, marking the momentous occasion, is a milestone.

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December 14, 2020

25th Anniversary Special

Outlook Silver Jubilee

Postcards From The Newsroom

All news are not fake. Some are made by those who have the money.

December 14, 2020 | Robin Jeffrey
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    At Swim, Two Birds Perched...

    Outlook and internet in India drew first breath only a day apart. The former took Indian magazine...

    December 14, 2020 | Sandipan Deb
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    The Bully Wears A Tailored Suit

    An alternate history of Outlook can be written from all the times we were arraigned in court! Our...

    December 14, 2020 | Nisha Bhambhani
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    In The Beginning, There Was...

    What a slender gossamer thread it was at first, and how it trapped us in its radials. A lived history of the...

    December 14, 2020 | Kajal Basu
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    Can Machines Talk?

    And not just like a parrot? This is the ultimate test of AI. Language technology will change our lives...

    December 14, 2020 | Kalika Bali, Indranil Dutta
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    Future Grid

    The Computing Landscape of The 21st Century, All On One Canvas

    December 14, 2020 | Mahadev Satyanarayanan
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    A To Z

    Computer terminology has been part of our vocabulary for years but many of those words and acronyms...

    December 14, 2020 | Ajay Sukumaran
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    ...and Then They Cast The Net

    The internet was supposed to set mankind free. Instead, it has pushed us into corporate slavery.

    December 14, 2020 | Srinivas Kodali
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    gOoD eNgLiSh? WTF is that...

    LMAO, WTF, TIL and TL;DR aren’t just an exasperating farrago of digitalese. Internet patois carries...

    December 14, 2020 | Rega Jha
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    The New Wealth Creators

    Brothers, spouses, and relatives worked together to grow new businesses in the past 25 years...

    December 14, 2020 | Alam Srinivas
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    1995: ЯƎTЯOSPECTIVE | Eve...

    Art, cinema, music, technology, sports, politics…a look at what (and who) passed in 1995 offers us...

    December 14, 2020
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    ‘Ashwathama Hata!’

    The milk-made Ganesha of 1995 offers us a parable for today: when motivated myths, rumours and...

    December 14, 2020 | Pratik Kanjilal
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    Bombay Or Mumbai? Perfectly...

    Being urban is, by definition, being marked by ‘manyness’. When our gods and goddesses carry...

    December 14, 2020 | Ranjit Hoskote
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    A Suicide And The Politics...

    Twenty-five years later, Deleuze has become more of a contemporary for us. He foresaw the new techniques...

    December 14, 2020 | Udaya Kumar
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    Mixed Notes From The Main...

    In 1995, when Mayawati first became CM, the political epoch truly turned. Identity politics was now the norm...

    December 14, 2020 | Gopal Guru
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    25 New Businesses In 25 Years

    A quarter of a century ago, we heard about these businesses. Or possibly not. Today, we cannot do without...

    December 14, 2020 | Debjoy Sengupta
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    Taste The Thunder (Of ...)

    In Oklahoma, a fringe terrorist inaugurates a new hell. In Bangalore, a KFC outlet is under siege. How are...

    December 14, 2020 | Ravinder Kaur
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    Way Through An Old Sieve

    The year 1995 summoned up visions of a spring for Indian writing in English. But charges of elitism, of...

    December 14, 2020 | Annie Zaidi
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    All Aboard With Simran!

    A century before a train pulled into a Swiss station in DDLJ—and 80 years before Sholay’s coal-fired grime...

    December 14, 2020 | Amrit Gangar
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    On The Cover—A Story

    What’s a magazine if not for its cover? Here’s the best 25 of our 25. From the standout first issue that...

    December 14, 2020
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    In Toon With The Times

    The timelessness of Ajit Ninan’s cartoons is uncanny—the Bihar caricature could have been just...

    December 14, 2020 | Ajit Ninan
Outlook 25th Anniversary

Because Every Photo Has A Story To Tell

The best of Outlook: a quarter century worth of visual history. What many, many thousand words will fail to capture.

December 14, 2020
Last Page

Outlook Diary

From one man who had a ringside view of everything: especially the ringmaster, Vinod Mehta, who blended brilliant...

December 14, 2020 | Sashidharan Kollery


State Report

Himachal On The Path Of Development...

‘Jan Manch’— a first-of-its-kind public grievance redressal programme was started. Since June 3, 2018, a total of 200...

December 14, 2020 | Ashwini Sharma

Exporting Air Pollution

The current way we do business exports disease, disabilities and deaths to emerging economies.

December 14, 2020 | Jeffery K. Smith

The News

One-Ring Circus

Qaidi No. 3351 at Hotwar jail is no ordinary prisoner. Phone calls go out to new legislators, and at the other end is a certain...

December 14, 2020 | Giridhar Jha


In Case You Missed It: News And Newsmakers From India Over The Past Week

December 14, 2020


Maradona 1960-2020

Hand Of God, Feet Of Clay

Maradona! An Englishman, still bitter over that blend of magic and sleight of hand at Azteca, offers a tribute to the flawed genius.

December 14, 2020 | Dave Roberts