Letter from the Editor-in-Chief, Hindustan Times, Sanjoy Narayan

A file photo of Sanjoy Narayan, editor-in-chief, Hindustan Times.

In the 10 years since Brunch was born in 2004, there has been more change in India than in the first 10 years after liberalisation and the opening up of the Indian economy in 1991. This is particularly true of what we call urban lifestyle - a phrase that can include almost everything, from the way we eat, travel and shop, to the kind of books, movies or music that we prefer. There have been changes too in the way we live, our relationships, our attitudes towards traditional mores, our careers, and in the way we communicate.

In many ways, over the past 10 years, Brunch has been a reflector of these changes, spotting, chronicling and putting the spotlight on these trends of change.

Our stories on the rise of single living in urban India; on the challenges of being gay or transgender in a society not nearly as liberal as one would want it to be; on the rise of indie cinema; and on the way the all-pervasive social media has taken over our lives are just a few examples of how Brunch has brought to you all of what has been happening in the decade that's just behind us.

Brunch is a unique Sunday offering and the magazine, staffed by a small but talented team of editors and writers, has built up a committed readership with its mix of engaging, relevant and entertaining cover stories, features and columns.


On a personal note, I began writing my music column Download Central in November 2008. This was an attempt (and perhaps a self-indulgent one) to nudge readers in the direction of the good music that lies under the radar, to look at bands and musicians you wouldn't hear on commercial radio or on TV channels but were ones that were just a click away on the Internet. I'm gratified that the column has gathered a loyal following.

Brunch has come a very long way since it began in February 2004, turning up on your doorstep every Sunday morning to make things a bit more fun, a bit more entertaining, and sometimes, we hope, thought-provoking.

Stay with us to see how exciting the next 10 years are going to be.

From HT Brunch, February 23

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