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The Week (Indian magazine)

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Editor  Philip Mathew
Frequency  Weekly
Publisher  Jacob Mathew
Categories  News magazine
Circulation  204,429
Founder  K. M. Mathew
The Week (Indian magazine)

The Week is an Indian newsmagazine published by The Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd. The magazine is published from Kochi and is currently printed in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kottayam. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, it is the largest circulated English newsmagazine in India.


Chief Editors

The Week was launched by The Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd in December, 1982, and has had two chief editors, before the designation was discontinued.

  • K. M. Mathew (Padma Bhushan,1998), the founder chief editor, remained in office until 25 December 1988. Popularly known as Mathukuttychayan, he was chairman of the Press Trust of India, president of the Indian Newspaper Society and chairman of the Audit Bureau of Circulations. He died on 1 August 2010. The obit which appeared in The Times of India said, "The highly acclaimed English news magazine-The Week-was his brainchild."
  • K. M. Mathew's eldest son, Mammen Mathew, (Padma Shri, 2005), took over on 1 January 1989, and continued until 9 December 2007. He is currently chief editor of the Malayala Manorama daily, the group's flagship publication.
  • Currently, The Week does not have a chief editor. K. M. Mathew's second son, Philip Mathew, managing editor since 1 January 1989, is the highest-ranked editor.


  • Philip Mathew, the first publisher of the magazine, held the post until December 1988.
  • Jacob Mathew: 1 January 1989 till date. K.M. Mathew's third son, he is currently president of WAN-IFRA. He is the second Asian and the first Indian to hold the post.
  • Editors

    The magazine has had two editors, after which the designation was discontinued.

  • V. K. B. Nair: 26 December 1982 to 3 June 1984.
  • T. V. R. Shenoy (Padma Bhushan, 2003): 10 June 1984 to 11 December 1988.
  • Editor-in-Charge

    Currently, the editor-in-charge is responsible for selection of news under The Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867. The present editor-in-charge, T R Gopaalakrishnan, took over on 18 December 1988.

    Design and style

    The magazine was initially designed in-house, and was periodically redesigned. A major content overhaul was led by Peter Lim, author and former editor-in-chief of The Straits Times/Singapore Press Holdings. He authored the book Chronicle of Singapore: Fifty Years of Headline News.

    The two major redesigns were led by:

  • Peter Ong on 8 November 1998.
  • Dr Mario Garcia on 20 February 2005.
  • Based in Sydney, Australia, Ong was formerly Picture & Graphics Editor of The Straits Times. He is principal consultant at Checkout Australia, and was regional director for the Society of News Design. Garcia owns the premier newspaper design firm, Garcia Media. Both of them also helped redesign the Malayala Manorama.

    In the early years, cartoonist Mario Miranda designed many covers for The Week. He also had a regular pocket cartoon in the magazine.

    The Week does not have published stylebook, but generally follows the down style for capitalisation. Its dateline carries the pull date, not the date of issue.


    The Week has these regular guest columns:

  • General's Jottings by General Bikram Singh (retd)
  • DeTour by Shobhaa De.
  • Forthwrite by Meenakshi Lekhi.
  • Art to Heart, an art and culture column, by Amjad Ali Khan and Sanjana Kapoor.
  • Last Word by Shashi Tharoor, Saurav Ganguly, Sanjaya Baru, Mallika Sarabhai, Nandita Das and, Ilina and Binayak Sen.
  • Schizo-Nation by Anuja Chauhan.
  • Strange Encounters by Jerry Pinto.
  • Chef's Choice by Hemant Oberoi.
  • Sound Bite by Anita Pratap.
  • Sen-sibility by Geeti Sen.
  • Mystic Eye by Jaggi Vasudev.
  • Mindscape by Vandana Kohli.
  • In addition to the guests, there are two staff columns.

  • Power Point by K. S. Sachidananda Murthy, resident editor in New Delhi.
  • PMO Beat by R. Prasannan, chief of bureau, New Delhi.
  • Former Columnists

    Former columnists of the magazine include Priyanka Chopra, Khushwant Singh, P. C. Alexander, R. N. Malhotra, former foreign secretary A. P. Venkateswaran, Harsha Bhogle, NDTV 24x7 managing editor Sreenivasan Jain, Manjula Padmanabhan, Santosh Desai and Antara Dev Sen, among others.

    Supplements and Standalones

    Two supplements go free with The Week:

  • Health, a fortnightly on health and fitness.
  • The Wallet, a monthly guide to personal finance and investment.
  • The standalone magazines are:

  • The Man: A monthly lifestyle magazine, THE MAN is published from New Delhi and is edited by K. Sunil Thomas.
  • WatchTime India: A quarterly magazine on luxury watches, it is published from New Delhi and is edited by Neha S. Bajpai.
  • Smartlife: A monthly magazine on wellness and lifestyle
  • Hay Kerala 2010

    The Week was the title sponsor, of the inaugural Hay Festival in India. Held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, from 12 to 14 November 2010, the festival was held at Kanakakunnu Palace, the former summer retreat of the Travancore royal family.

    Writers and speakers for the event included Mani Shankar Aiyar, Rosie Boycott, Gillian Clarke, William Dalrymple, Tishani Doshi, Sonia Faleiro, Sebastian Faulks, Nik Gowing, Manu Joseph, N. S. Madhavan, Jaishree Misra, Vivek Narayanan, Michelle Paver, Basharat Peer, Hannah Rothschild, K. Satchidanandan, Marcus du Sautoy, Simon Schama, Vikram Seth, C. P. Surendran, Miguel Syjuco, Shashi Tharoor, Amrita Tripathi, Pavan Varma and Paul Zacharia.

    The event closed with a concert by Bob Geldof, where Sting made a surprise appearance.


    In 2001, Special Cover Designer Ajay Pingle entered the Limca Book of Records for designing the most number of covers for an Indian newsmagazine.

    Man of the year

  • 2009 – Brother Christudas, for Little Flower Leprosy Welfare Association
  • 2010 – Satinath Sarangi, for voicing Bhopal disaster victims
  • 2011 – Ajeet Singh, for Guria
  • References

    The Week (Indian magazine) Wikipedia