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|Managing Editor||Maitreyi Kandoi|
|Categories||Analytic Journalism, Politics, Social Issues, Economics, Arts, Science, Culture|
|Publisher||Ink Publications Pvt. Ltd.|
|First Issue||August, 2008|
Kindle Magazine is an English language national journal being published online from Kolkata, India, founded in 2008 by journalist Pritha Kejriwal (formerly of Hindustan Times and NDTV) and Kolkata-based philanthropist and CFA Maitreyi Kandoi. It is a progressive journal with special emphasis on long-form journalism focusing on socio-political and cultural issues.
History and mission
The magazine was launched in 2008, by journalist Pritha Kejriwal and Maitreyi Kandoi, a chartered financial analyst and philanthropist. According to Kejriwal, she and Kandoi decided to launch the magazine because they felt strongly that “a platform was needed to address young Indians through critical socio-political dialogue.” Kandoi has said “I felt that young people were reading trash. And that was if they were reading at all. Under such circumstances, I wanted to start a magazine that would deliver reflective, thought-provoking journalism.”
Kindle is widely acclaimed for its content and quality. Noam Chomsky has said of Kindle:“The magazine has been a welcome regular source of lively and informative commentary and discussion.” Shyam Benegal has praised it as “a refreshing change” in that it offers “perceptive, intelligent and thought provoking articles on subjects ranging from politics to literature to history and humanities in general. The best part of the magazine is that it challenges… the prevailing mainstream culture.” Humanitarian activist Binayak Sen has noted that “During this short period, Kindle has set up a trend of taking up interesting and relevant issues and of dealing with them in a radical and rigorous fashion.” Actor Farooq Sheikh said he has “rarely seen a magazine with a more well deserved and swift upward graph in terms of quality and reader acceptance.”
The special issues typically follow a theme or a cover story around which much of the content is organized, and usually features at least one in-depth interview with a prominent scholar or policy specialist on the cover story subject. The interviews have featured stalwarts like Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Shyam Benegal, Marcus du Sautoy, Shashi Tharoor, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Mona Eltahawy, Paul Roberts, Robert W.McChesney, Ferran Adria, Anthony Bourdain, Jeet Thayil, Zoe Heller, Dibakar Banerjee, Mychael Danna, Edward Smith, Mallika Sarabhai, Shobha De amongst others. Regular issues carry other interviews and opinion pieces, photo essays and reviews of books, music, art or other cultural events. The magazine occasionally publishes poetry and short fiction. It also publishes separate editorial, informational and creative content online, along with articles from its print issues. The bulk of the content tends to be expository and analytic pieces.
Kindle's editorial content puts an emphasis on critical analysis of any topic from multiple angles, as Nandita Das has pointed out: "Kindle tries to highlight an issue in all its nuances and goes beyond the mainstream to focus on stories, voices, people and lives that need to be documented."
Kindle Magazine publishes a number of regular columns, reported from Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Srinagar, Lahore, New York, London, Singapore, Tibet, Bangladesh, Africa and Latin America. Columnists include various noted authors and journalists like Oscar Guardiola Rivera, Azad Essa, Nitasha Kaul, Dibyesh Anand, Amit Sengupta, Saswat Pattanayak, Teresa Rehman, Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal and Neel Adhikari. Other contributors include members of the editorial staff as well as frequent guest feature writers such as Adrian Levy, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Gulzar, Jeet Thayil, K. Satchidanandan, Annie Zaidi, Jose Varghese, Brinda Bose, Poornima Joshi, Tabish Khair, Sharanya Manivannan, Kiran Nagarkar, Prof. Marcus du Sautoy, Sarnath Banerjee, amongst others.
- Dream Catchers- The Kindle Youth Icon List : August 2009
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind- The Science fiction special : November 2009
- 25 Mindset Women : March 2010
- The Future is Graphic- a Kindle special issue showcasing Graphic shorts : July 2010
- 30 South Asian Youth Icons- Kindle 2nd Anniversary Issue : August 2010
- Travelling with Spirits- Travel Special : September 2010
- Kindle Fiction special : February 2011
- Kafkaesque- Tales from here and there :June 2011
- Kindle 50th issue special : September 2012
- Reclaiming MY BODY part by part : March 2013
- Poetry is an occupation- Kindle Poetry special : June 2013
- Learning to Heed Our Senses- 5th Anniversary Special : August & September 2013
- The Food Issue : January 2014
- We are all Queer : February 2014
Events and community involvement
Kindle Magazine has conducted 2 Roundtable conferences in the Kolkata Town Hall on IndoPak peace and Sedition respectively, featuring Mani Shankar Aiyar, Farooq Sheikh, Tarun Tejpal, Aruna Roy, Dr. Binayak Sen, Anand Patwardhan, Abhishek Singhvi, Tarun Vijay, Suhel Seth, Taimur Rahman, and others. The magazine has been associated with the Apeejay Kolkata Literature Festival, The Thinkfest and The Kolkata Literary Meet 2013 as well. It recently launched its first international documentary film festival titled Owlscope: X-rays of the Republic (April 5–April 8, 2013) that showcased documentary screenings from around the world and were screened at theaters, book stores, campuses and lounges across Kolkata. The magazine also conducts regular workshops with noted personalities on various subjects including, creative writing, theatre, debate etc.
- Mohan, Sriram (February 1, 2011). "Maitreyi Kandoi, Managing Editor of Kindle magazine on being a ‘publishing’ entrepreneur". yourstory.com. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "The Winners of the Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity. In 2014, Kindle magazine published a book 'What the Jaguar knows we don't know' which pushes the boundaries to explore the limits of our knowledge. It also features pieces from the archives, penned down by writers like Gulzar, Kiran Nagarkar and Oscar Guardiola Rivera. It also includes conversations with Dipesh Chakrabarty, Noam Chomsky, Shyam Benegal, Sherry Turkle and Marcus Du Sautoy.". docs.google.com. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Laadli awards for gender-sensitive given to 50 media-persons". Business Standard. December 20, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
- "Testimonials". Kindle Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Kindle Magazine Interviews". Kindle Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Poetry". Kindle Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Politics and Society". Kindle Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Arts & Culture". Kindle Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- Official website
- "Owlscope’s “The Indian Republic” Film Contest » IndiEarth – Blog". blog.indiearth.com. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
- "Docu fest in city". telegraphindia.com. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
- Kindle Magazine on Twitter