A question on Quora recently turned into TOI bashing and apparently, for sound reasons.
I have been reading TOI since I was small. I have loved their hold on the English language. To me, they once personified good journalism: the last time I read a copy, they would report *and* they actively initiate campaigns to mobilise the society in response to developments in the country and local initiatives, a recent one being the iLead campaign. There are countless instances where I would read of action being taken on local matters on account of it having been reported on the front page of the national daily.
The editorials have been interesting: Swaminathan Aiyer’s Swaminomics, Jug Suraiya’s Jugular Vein, Bachi Karkaria’s articles which always ended in an incomprehensible Smart Alec joke, the inimitable Gurcharan Das and MJ Akbar were always a pleasure to read. I love reading while I eat and while I am home, I pore over every page of the paper, invariably the longest on the editorial.
The view/counter view section picks current debatable situations and presents two sides to the coins/ One side would be endorsed by the Times called the Times View. An individual would give the counter view. This section would allow me to reflect on both banks of the river and pick the greener one (note to self: improve on metaphors)
Times View was a familiar sight on every other page. In matters where decisions would disappoint the public, the newspaper would add a Times View with suggested steps and/or their take on the issue.
While I was interning at a firm this summer, a fellow intern was telling me how boring The Hindu could get.
Why read it, then? I asked.
That’s because my teacher at <insert MBA prep class’ name> asked me to read it everyday.
I gave it a try and while there was content, the paper seemed like an insipid, monotonous drone.
Moreover, Times’ supplements were one thing about weekends I would look forward too, especially Times Life. Did I while away my time reading about the Kardashians? You bet I did. I even sang Miley Cyrus songs while I read that stuff and twerked religiously because that is what the Times of India has taught me. That I have been writing since I was small and am becoming increasingly conscious of what titles I spend my time reading, it makes sense I pick the trashiest newspaper in town.
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This article stopped me in the tracks. Before I read this guy’s account, TOI was unassailable to my eyes. Does the Times really indulge in Continue reading