Whenever I am nearing a weekend, I need something good to read – be it a book or a stack of magazines. I am reading Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao, which I will tell you all about later. But I also brought many magazines to keep me company and let me tell you if you need to buy any this month.
I have to start with my favourite magazine in the world, which has to be Glamour UK. The fashion magazine comes in mini magazine form and is an absolute delight to read. Along with their fashion spreads which are done in pop colours and which has an array of clothes and shoes that you just want to keep staring at, the mag does fun, flirty and more fun in a very unpretentious, engaging way. There are serious articles like about how young women are sexually treated in colleges, or about high class escorts, but they are all written in an easy way to reach out to everybody. But my favourite sections are their fashion sections where there are so many tips and tricks and just so many clothes that I go crazy. I also love their culture section – which is even better on the iPad app, where you can watch trailers and listen to music they suggest. It’s just Rs 170 at the app store so do buy. Must must must. Check out glimpse at http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/
In India, I make it a point to always buy Grazia and now, the new and improved Cosmopolitan. Both these mags have lots of affordable fun fashion and features for the youth. This month in Grazia, check out Donatella Versace’s interview, which is quite insightful and also their regular features such as A day in the life of, The fashion Jury and Grazia Confessions. Their Ticket to Wonderland fashion spread is also fun and inspiring…you can imagine yourself wearing much of that. On the down side, I didn’t like the way Saina Nehwal was style in her interview. They made her look older and boring – maybe she would have looked better in some luxe sportswear – silver tracks, high tops and a neon tee? But the one thing I love about Grazia is that they use models on their covers – thank God, I can’t look at an actress any more.
Cosmo this month has a pop cover I love with my favourite Kalki Koechlin. Inside, there is just so much to flip through, just like Glamour UK, which I honestly re-read for a whole month. Singer Anushka Manchanda stars in an absolutely awesome wear denims for 30 days fashion feature, which you can totally take a leaf out of. Every look is doable and fun. I like their Kalki interview and a feature on how to lose weight by eating right in 7 days (Don’t we love those ones even if we follow it for exactly a day). It’s a fun issue, do pick it up.
Marie Claire India has a blah cover with Kareena looking stunning but boring. Inside though, there are some interesting articles especially the one about young women and their bedrooms which say a lot about them. I didn’t even read the Kareena interview because I have read it all before. But their influencers list is interesting and has some inspiring people on it. The Sheila Dikshit interview is also a must read.
Femina has done a Graphic issue with Kalki on the cover again and she looks gorgeous but the issue itself is a little messy – the design is confusing and distracts you. But there is a lot to read. Bottom of the pile in the fashion magazines is Vogue, first because I am tired of seeing the same actresses on the cover – even if it is Sonam Kapoor looking amazing. Inside, there is absolutely nothing to read, according to me, except the interview with Katherine Boo and her husband. They style list is jaded and done. The whole magazine is too dense and not fun for me to read. I thumbed through Elle and nothing caught my eye and the Harper’s cover itself was boring so didn’t pick it up.
In the news magazine world, I read Open and Tehelka on a weekly basis and you always find something to like. I work at Open so won’t brag about it too much but this week, do read a fun piece by Akshay Sawai on journalists and their underworld links here. And the cover story on who is the Indian hipster here. Tehelka has an insightful story about acid victim Preeti Rathi who was attacked in Mumbai by Nishita Jha. I also picked up Caravan which has a pertinent, important cover story on the state of Indian bridges by Rahul Bhatia, but the rest of the magazine is sleep inducing and too intellectual for my menial tastes.
If I missed out a magazine, do let me know. And if this post was even beneficial
Have fun on the weekend