I have been reading Outlook for the last five years or so and it’s my favourite magazine. Different people like Outlook for different reasons, I love it for its unwavering impartiality when even well-known magazines and newspapers have an axe to grind. The razor-sharp efficiency with which important news is presented proves conclusively the quality and fearlessness of Outlook’s editorial team. I love this grit towards projecting truth. Here I am reminded of a daring exclusive cover story captioned That House in Burdwan (December 8, 2014) where the high-profile National Investigation Agency’s shoddy sleuth work was succinctly presented and a question mark thrown over the government narrative on the Burdwan blast. The article was an eye-opener to many, a refreshing take that allowed an alternative narrative to emerge on a burning issue.
One cannot help but admire Outlook’s photojournalism. It is undoubtedly your forte. It’s a treat to view the photographs, so professionally taken. But one photograph which will remain etched in my memory for a very long time is the cover photograph of a Nepalese boy in an Indian army helicopter after being rescued from Lapu in Gorkha (Nepal, An Everest to Climb, May 11, 2015). For this photograph, I wish to quote the famous award-winning American photographer Norman Mauskopf, who says, “What makes a good photo a great photo is persistence, showing up again and again”. Outstanding photography!
Shyamal Kumar Dutta, Calcutta
I’ve been an ardent reader of Outlook and it has been an exciting experience. The well-researched set of facts and the plainspeaking make the articles enjoyable. The coverage of the 2014 elections and its aftermath, leading up to the first anniversary of the NDA government, was impressive. However, I feel Outlook has to look beyond politics and focus more on literature/culture/entertainment; besides of course the world of technology—the idea being to give readers something more, and something different to read. The whole books and movie reviews section should be revamped. The book reviews aren’t enticing enough. Other than that the magazine is on the right path. Keep it up!
Neeraj V. Murali, New Delhi
At the outset I would like to convey my congratulations to the team of Outlook, for its 20th anniversary. You’re affordable, simple to read, and for these times, a magazine renaissance that has taken the nation by storm. The eye-catching covers, colour demarcation of glossy pages, snippets and tit-bits of news are a breather. But, when there are heavy readings like book extracts, survey ratings, or lengthy articles it can be vexing, as reading itelf has become an endangered practice. This is one magazine that criticises the present government rather than being a sycophant. I call it the people’s magazine, as it not only publishes readers’ praises but has the spunk to publish the brickbats. Bouquets to that! Kudos to your team, who are open, unique, trustworthy, lively, optimistic, outstanding and keen. (Outlook), may your tribe increase.
Praveen Thimmaiah, Bengaluru
Because it is essentially a Congressi mouthpiece.
RSM, New Delhi
Outlook invites readers to take part in its 20th anniversary celebrations. Send us your bouquets and, more importantly, your brickbats. E-mail your entry to editor [AT] outlookindia [DOT] com