03 December, 2020

Good, Bad Or Ugly, Why Readers' Letters Matter To Us

I get letters from readers and some of them are very critical of my time as the Editor. Yet, all letters are prized rewards since readers' opinion matters, writes Outlook Editor-in-Chief, Ruben Banerjee, in his diary on letters to the editor

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Good, Bad Or Ugly, Why Readers' Letters Matter To Us
outlookindia.com
2019-10-26T15:08:31+05:30
THE POISON-PEN LETTER

The delight of receiving mail from a long-lost acquaintance turned into disappointment moments after I opened the envelope that landed on my desk last week. Tucked inside was a handwritten letter that read no less than a wholesome denunciation of my time as the editor. I have always known the writer as a well-wisher, but his acerbic words as a reader of Outlook stung. The magazine, he insisted, is directionless, and carries content without substance. He even took exception to my last editorial for our special issue on Gandhi, wherein I confessed that ‘I am no Gandhi scholar’. Such modesty ill behoves someone occupying your chair, he exhorted. His litany of complaints was rather long.

Somewhat taken aback, my immediate reaction was to lessen the sting by instinctively dropping the letter in the dustbin. The pain of being pummelled, however, refused to fade and I ruminated over the letter long and hard, having...

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