Magazines are a form of print media that keep the readers updated about different domains in the country and the world. Magazines are a periodic publication. The first magazine that was published in India was Asiatick Miscellany. This magazine was published in the year 1785. In India English magazines have a readership of more than 50 lakhs. English magazines are the most read magazines in the country after the Hindi magazines. The magazines deal with different domains like knowledge, fitness, sports, business and many others. Although with the increase in technology, many people have switched to e-books, e-newspapers and other online applications for information, there are still many species of people who prefer reading magazines.
There are more than 5000 magazines which are being published monthly, fortnightly and weekly. The list given below provides an insight over the top 10 English magazines in the country.
The first copy of Femina was published in the year 1959. This magazine is an Indian magazine and is published fortnightly. Femina is inherited by the worldwide media. Femina is a women’s magazine that greatly features articles on the leading ladies of the country. The other articles featured by the magazine are about health, cuisine, fitness, beauty, relationships, fashion and travel. Most of the readers of the magazines are women. The Femina Miss India pageant was first organized by Femina in the year 1964. Femina organised Femina look of the year contest from the year 1964 to 1999 to send an Indian contestant in the Elite model look competition. Femina has a readership of 3.09 lakh.
9. Diamond Cricket Today
The cricket today is an Indian magazine. Cricket today is published monthly and keeps its readers updated about the cricket news. The magazine is published by a Delhi based company, the Diamond group. Diamond groups have creative, prolific and experienced people working with them. Their inquisition keeps the readers updated with the latest news in this sport. Apart from the information about the test matches and one day international matches, the cricket today features articles about the cricketers, their life stories and the exclusive interviews. The Cricket today has a readership of 9.21 lakh.
The filmfare magazine is an English magazine that provides the readers with the information about the Hindi cinema widely known by the name Bollywood. The first copy of the magazine was published on 7th March, 1952. The Filmfare is published by the worldwide media. The magazine is published fortnightly. Filmfare has been organizing the annual Filmfare awards and the Filmfare awards south since 1954. The magazine features articles on fashion and beauty, interviews of the celebrities, lifestyle of the celebrities, their fitness routines, previews of the upcoming Bollywood movies and albums and the celebrity gossips. The magazine has a readership of 3.42 lakhs.
7. Reader’s Digest
Readers Digest is among the most read magazines in the country. Readers Digest was first published in the year 1922 on February 5. The magazine was founded in New York, USA by Dewitt Wallace and Lila Bell Wallace. In India the first copy of the Readers Digest was issued in 1954 by Tata Group companies. Now, the magazine is published by the Living Media Limited. Readers Digest features articles on health, humor, inspiring stories of people, stories of survival, life, travel, relationship advices, money investment advices, interviews of successful people, business, personality and national interests. The readership of the magazine is 3.48 lakh.
Outlook magazine was first published in October 1995. The magazine is inherited by the Raheja group and is published by the Outlook Publishing India Private Limited. Outlook is published weekly. The magazine features articles on humor, politics, economics, business, sports, entertainment, jobs and technology. Many famous and prominent writers like Vinod Mehta and Arundati Roy are an integrated part of the Outlook magazines. The magazine has a readership of 4.25 lakh.
5. Competition Success Review
Competition success review is an Indian magazine. The magazine is among the most read general knowledge magazines in the country. The magazine features articles on the current affairs, tricks of college interviews, tricks for IAS interviews and tricks about group discussions. The magazine also provides the readers with the sample papers of all the competitive examinations of the country. The competition success review is usually read by the people preparing to appear for the competitive examinations. The magazine has a readership of 5.25 lakhs.
Sportstar was first published in the year 1978. The magazine is published by the Hindu. Sportstar is published every week. Sportstar keeps the readers updated about international sports. Sportstar along with the news about cricket also provides the readers with the news on football, tennis and Formula One Grand Prix. In 2006, the name of the magazine was changed from the sportstar to Sportstar and the magazine was redesigned in the year 2012. The magazine features articles on the controversial sports news and interviews of famous players. The magazine has gained a readership of 5.28 lakh readers.
3. General Knowledge Today
The General Knowledge today is among the leading English magazines in the country. The magazine is mostly read by people preparing for the competitive examinations. The magazine features articles on current affairs, controversies, Politics, Business and Finance, Trade and Industry, Sports news, Women Issues, Music and arts, Entertainment, Movie reviews, parenting, health and fitness.
2. Pratiyogita Darpan
Protiyogita Darpan was first issued in the year 1978. The magazine is bi-lingual and is available in Hindi and English. The magazine is among the most read magazines of the country. The magazine features articles on current affairs, economy, geography, history, politics and constitution of Indian. An online version of the magazine is also available. Pratiyogita Darpan is published monthly. The magazine has earned a readership of 6.28 lakh readers.
1. India Today
India today is a very informative magazine that was first issued in the year 1975. Now, the magazine is also available in Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Telegu. The magazine is published every week. The magazine features articles on sports, economy, business and national issues. The magazine has earned a readership of 16.34 lakh readers. The India Today also launched a news channel on May 22, 2015.
The above mentioned list provides the top 10 English magazines read in India. The magazines and newspapers are being replaced by the technology these days. The social media and internet is being preferred by people these days instead of magazines. The information provided on the internet is not always reliable but the news given in the magazines is dependable. The youngsters should inculcate the habit of reading magazines for increasing their knowledge.