I don’t really hate Outlook; it’s just that it’s so thin you can’t even swat a fly with it! But jokes aside, while I confess that I am not what you would call a ‘regular reader’, I feel the magazine could do with a bit of humour. After all, I haven’t really seen any articles in it that are written at least slightly tongue-in-cheek. I understand that politics is a pretty big part of the magazine. Therefore, there is all the more reason for humour! Sometimes the antics of our netas are way funnier that what I could do on stage! Though the weekly does offer a wide perspective on politics and current affairs through its reportage, it could provide an even wider perspective by perhaps adding quotes from popular twitter handles on a given topic. It’s a great way to share what the public pulse is. There are a lot of stand-up acts that address politics and its players, so I would even venture so far as to say that perhaps you should introduce a regular humour column/section that talks about a burning topic in a way that doesn’t depress people with the whole kya hoga iss desh ka sentiment. But this finds little play in your pages. Seriously, all of us could really use a laugh. No hard feelings though, your magazine is an important part of my life…its high quality glossy pages line the shelves of my cupboard very nicely!
Neeti Palta, stand-up comedian, ex-senior creative director, JWT, ex-head writer, Galli Galli Sim Sim
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