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The Week (Indian magazine)

The Week
Masthead design by Mario Garcia[1]
Managing Editor Philip Mathew
Categories Newsmagazine
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 204,429
Publisher Jacob Mathew
Founder K. M. Mathew
Year founded 1982 [2]
First issue 26 December 1982
Company Malayala Manorama
Country India
Based in Kochi
Language English
Website .com.the-weekwww

The Week is an Indian weekly newsmagazine published by The Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd.[3] The magazine is published from Kochi and is currently printed in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kottayam. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations,[4] it is the largest selling English news magazine in India. The Week '​s competitors, India Today and Outlook, have opted out of the ABC audit.


  • History 1
    • Chief Editors 1.1
    • Publishers 1.2
    • Editors 1.3
    • Editor-in-Charge 1.4
  • Design and style 2
  • Columnists 3
    • Former Columnists 3.1
  • Supplements and Standalones 4
  • The Week Hay Festival 5
    • Hay Kerala 2010 5.1
  • Awards 6
  • Man of the year 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Chief Editors

Cover of K. M. Mathew's autobiography Ettamathe Mothiram (The Eighth Ring). He was the founder chief editor of The Week.
V.K.B. Nair

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),[5] 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."[6]
  • K. M. Mathew's eldest son, Mammen Mathew,[7] (Padma Shri, 2005),[8] 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.[9]


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


Currently, the editor-in-charge is responsible for selection of news under The Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867. The incumbent 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.[11]

The two major redesigns were led by:

  • Peter Ong[12] on 8 November 1998.
  • Dr Mario Garcia[1] on 20 February 2005.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Ong[13][14] 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.[15] 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.[16] Its dateline carries the pull date, not the date of issue.


The Week has six regular guest columns:

In addition to the guests, there are two staff columns.

  • Power Point by K. S. Sachidananda Murthy,[17] the resident editor in New Delhi.
  • PMO Beat by R. Prasannan, chief of New Delhi bureau.

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 [18] and Antara Dev Sen,[19] among others.

Supplements and Standalones

Two supplements go free with The Week:

  • Health, a fortnightly on health and fitness.
  • Wallet, a monthly guide to personal finance and investment.

The standalone magazines are:

  • The Man:[20] 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.

The Week Hay Festival

Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy (in purple shirt) at The Week Hay Festival 2010

Hay Kerala 2010

The Week was the title sponsor,[21] of the inaugural Hay Festival[22] 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.


Year Awardee Award Agency Story
2000 Jayant Mammen Mathew & Maria Abraham SAJA Journalism Award South Asian Journalists Association Rural reporting
2002 Deepak Tiwari The Sarojini Naidu Prize The Hunger Project Women in panchayati raj
2007 The Week Media Excellence Award Amity Business reporting
2007 Dnyanesh V. Jathar Excellence in Journalism Award Ramnath Goenka Foundation Life of AIDS orphans
2008 Bidisha Ghosal The Statesman Award for Rural Reporting The Statesman Ltd Sexual exploitation of widows in Vidarbha
2009 Bidisha Ghosal IPI-India Award (Shared) International Press Institute,[23] India Chapter Sexual exploitation of widows in Vidarbha
2009 Kavitha Muralidharan PII-ICRC Award Press Institute of India & International Committee of the Red Cross Abduction of Tamil rebels by the Sri Lankan Army
2010 Mathew T. George Excellence in Journalism (International) Union Catholique Internationale de la Presse[24] Robertsonian translocation among Bhopal gas tragedy victims
2010 Syed Nazakat Finalist for Daniel Pearl International Award Daniel Pearl Foundation[25] Multiple investigative stories
2010 The Week Gold (Magazine cover design) WAN-IFRA[26] Cover for Health
2010 The Week Gold (Special issue) WAN-IFRA On 25 years after Indira Gandhi
2011 Bhanu Prakash Chandra Gold (Feature photography) WAN-IFRA Biking through the Himalayas
2011 The Week IPI India award for excellence in journalism (shared) International Press Institute[27] Fake medical and dental colleges

*Flag icons denote the country where the awards ceremony was held.

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[28]
  • 2010 – Satinath Sarangi, for voicing Bhopal disaster victims[29]
  • 2011 – Ajeet Singh, for Guria[30]


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  2. ^ Updated Tuesday, November 13, 2012 06:06 AM IST (2012-11-13). "English News". Manorama Online. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd - Company Profile and Analysis". G2Mi. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Audit Bureau of Circulations :::". 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Padma Bhushan Awardees - Padma Awards - My India, My Pride - Know India: National Portal of India". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Media mogul K M Mathew dies, thousands pay respects". The Times of India. 1 August 2010. 
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  8. ^ "Padma Shri Awardees - Padma Awards - My India, My Pride - Know India: National Portal of India". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  9. ^ "Jacob Mathew elected WAN-IFRA president". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 10 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Dorji, Sonal Mansingh, Parasaran among Padma awardees". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 26 January 2003. 
  11. ^ "Books Kinokuniya Singapore". 2010-01-09. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  12. ^ "WAN-IFRA - Trends in Newsrooms 2012". 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  13. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  14. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  15. ^ "Newspaper Design, Newspaper Redesign, Web Design & iPad App Design". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  16. ^ The Copyeditor's Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing And Corporate ... - Amy Einsohn - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  17. ^ "The Press Club Mumbai". The Press Club Mumbai. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  18. ^ "About". Santosh Desai. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  19. ^ "The Little Magazine - About TLM". 2001-07-01. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  20. ^ "E The Man | Manorama Online". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  21. ^ "Hay Festival Kerala". 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  22. ^ "Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  23. ^ "IPI International Press Institute: The Global Network for a free media". 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  24. ^ "icom". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  25. ^ "Daniel Pearl Foundation". 2002-10-10. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  26. ^
  27. ^ "IPI India journalism award to Tehelka, The Week". Zee News. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  28. ^ "Ashok Chavan felicitates Brother Christudas with The Week Man of the Year Award". Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  29. ^ "The Week | The man, the moment". Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  30. ^ "The Week | Hope in the holy city". Retrieved 12 December 2011. 

External links

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