Gentleman (magazine)

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Cover dated October 1999. Essential Listening -A Collector's issue.
Editor Sambit Bal
Categories Indian magazines
Frequency Monthly
Circulation Not too big
Publisher Express Publications (Madurai) Ltd
First issue 1980
Company Indian Express Group
Country India
Language English

Gentleman was an English language literary magazine published in India from 1980 to 2001.[1][2] Its founder-editor was Minhaz Merchant[1] of the Stirling Group of Magazines, which sold this and other magazines to the Indian Express Group in 1987. It was edited and published by Sambit Bal and Rajib Sarkar .

Although, the name of the magazine suggested a male-oriented magazine, Gentleman was anything but. They had to stick to the name due to corporate red-tape, and as a relief, used the tagline "Gentleman: Mindspace for Men".


The magazine featured a lot of hardcore intellectual content, and was the only such magazine in its genre in India at that time. It went beyond its ambit of being a men's' magazine and published stories on current affairs, social issues, indepth journalism, crime, politics, food, music, movies, poetry, arts, fiction (including Comics) and personalities. Cover stories were highly acclaimed by the intellectual readers of the magazine. Most of their issues had a cover theme, for instance: "36 Most Under-rated Movies", and "Nine tomorrows" (a science fiction issue) and included articles from guest contributors. It was not just a magazine,but was kind of thinking pot-a plotfarm for intellectuals. Once a reader always a reader was its force. It is sad to note that a magazine of its depth stopped its publication.


It groomed a set of journalists and writers who found an outlet and an audience for stories that might have otherwise been considered offbeat or 'alternative' by the Indian Mainstream media. Some names associated with Gentleman magazine were:



  1. ^ Gita Piramal. Business Maharajas. Penguin Books India. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-14-341583-1. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Jaideep Varma's Blog, with his Great Songwriters and other music series published in Gentleman in 1999.[5]

Amit Verma's blog, India Uncut [6]