The Morning After, Outlook’s headquarters in Delhi’s Safdarjung Enclave resembles a morgue. The only indication of some (any) work achieved in the preceding week is a poster depicting the latest cover on the first floor. Copies of the magazine will only arrive around noon.
Detailed post-mortems have never been encouraged—a tradition that has endured from the editorship of the late Vinod Mehta. But a quick look-see is recommended, nay necessary, to ensure changes are made online.
Features and business editors meet their teams and discuss stories. By afternoon, the competition lands on everyone’s desk. By 4 pm, the Friday edit meeting begins.
The participants: The editor, and senior editors overseeing political, national, business, features, international, investigations, design, photo departments. Typically nine editors attend this meeting.