Time is an odd thing. Five minutes can seem like an eternity and years can fly, like the landscape from the window of a very fast train.
Even as Brunch completes ten years, it seems as if it was just yesterday when we were working on the first edition. (I had interviewed Aishwarya Rai in Coorg in a slightly surreal all-night session.
She was shooting for Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... with Vivek Oberoi, and there was no possibility of a photoshoot. So I contacted a couple of 'glamour' photographers - and almost fainted when they quoted their rates. I could've flown to London and back and still had money to spare. We eventually found a lovely agency picture).
Ten years is, well, ten years. The world was a very different place then - as you will see when you read this special anniversary double issue. My son once asked me in amazement, "You lived in a time without mobile phones?" I had to acknowledge the sad truth. Here are some more truths: when we started Brunch, there was no Twitter; Facebook was founded three days after our first issue came out.
Chetan Bhagat wrote his debut novel that year. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi was still India's top TV show. No one had heard of six-pack abs or size zero figures. Just as no one had heard of a microbrewery in Gurgaon.
Brunch has done literally thousands of stories, meticulously chronicling changes since 2004. Often, we spotted trends months before they gathered momentum.
Editing Brunch over these years has been an incredible experience (though there were times when the thought of becoming a hermit in the Himalayas seemed like an attractive option). But everything is worthwhile when you have enthusiastic, madcap colleagues to work with - so here's looking at you, team Brunch!
Not to forget our battery of outstanding columnists - you make us proud every issue. In the end of course, none of this would matter a whit without you, dear readers. A sincere, heartfelt thank you to all of you.
From HT Brunch, February 23
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