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Your Endorsement Matters!

Here’s a snapshot of Endorsement on Linkedin for my Skills as a Magazines Consultant

LinkedIn Endorsement as on 29 Sep 2017

MAGworld also has a blog owned by G S Virdi, Magazine Consultant – http://mediajunction.blogspot.in that carries the critical reviews of magazines and has got huge liking from the people from publishing and editorial. People have enjoyed these reviews and they have appreciated his efforts at various occasions in these many words –

“…your name should be MAGAZINE SINGH ‘VIRDI’CT
– Colleagues, Friends & well wishers!
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“Nice work Virdi, I really like and follow it regularly. In fact I bought the issue of Lonely Planet Magazine after reading your review only.”
– SAI, Dy. Managing Director, ITP Publishing India
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“Interesting. Thks.
…Very useful stuff. Thks.
…Splendid work. And a good way to communicate the message to the team.
…Very interesting observations for making magazine even better!
…Good one. pl also see latest pc world and do an analysis quickly.
…Good Reviews Virdi. Keep contributing.”
– KRISHNA TEWARI, GM, SIPD, Infomedia India Ltd.
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“Dear Virdi sir, it is a wonderful thing you have done to give a detailed review of new magazines. It is a very good learning platform for people in the business of communication.”
– G.V. SREEKUMAR, Associate Professor, IIT Bombay
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“Wonderful Virdi sir, I hope the concerned magazine publishers also read these reviews…”
– AMRITA GANGULY SALIAN, Editor, Disney Adventures
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“Really good job… it was worth reading :)”
– RAJAT SAHU, Head Global Marketing, Microworld
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“Hi Virdi, I enjoy reading all your anecdotes. It is extremely useful to me. We are launching InformationWeek print edition in April. Looking forward to your valuable feedback on InformationWeek. As always, I value your inputs.
…Virdi has a lot of knowledge and experience in the publishing space.”

– BRIAN PEREIRA, Exec. Editor, Informationweek India, UBM Group
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“Brilliant! Thanks so much for keeping me in mailing list. Awaiting the 10 page post mortem of Forbes India. Do send soon.”
– DEEPAK AJWANI, Director Online, Forbes India, Network18
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“Absolutely correct Virdi, you are in sink with the current scenario, unfortunately some of the Editors and management are still in the Dinosaur era and will not change. Sad for they will become extinct or the will make the product defunct. Keep writing and posting.
…Thanks pal very interesting… Awaiting your view on Forbes. Well you seem to be now getting a lot of page views on Linkedin as a lot of my friends read your postings.”
– KAISER FARUQI, National Head – B2B, sulekha.com
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“Hey Virdi, I am going to enjoy this!! Cheers”
– SENTHIL CHENGALVARAYAN, Group Editor, Network18 Ltd.
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“Interesting stuff Virdi”
– NABJEET GANGULI, Head-Mkting & Busi. Dev., Reed Infomedia India Limited
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“Virdi, now we need the ‘VIRDI’CT on the Indian edition of Stuff. Their issue is just out.”
– DEEPAK DHINGRA, Editor, T3 India
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“Really detailed & nice review – it is always a pleasure to read your words – thank for sharing. I will definitely look at the design perspectives you are pointing out. Humm… after reading your review, I think I need a serious re-look on the design once again!”
– JAYAN NARAYANAN, Sr. Creative Director, 9dot9 Media Pvt. Ltd.
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“Thanks for the review! Could you give me some specifics on what you thought was wrong with the cover?
…Any other bits we could improve?”
– VARDHAN KONDVIKAR, Editor, Lonely Planet Magazine, WWM Media Pvt Ltd.
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“Awesome reviews…Keep it up sir! Plan to publish these as a book”
– SUNDER THIYAGARAJAN, GM, Circulation & Subscription, Network18 Ltd.
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“Virdi, Thanks for your regular updates on ‘whats hot and whats not’…”
– CHITRA PANDIT, Marketing Manager, Better Interior, Infomedia India Ltd.
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“This is interesting. Was just wondering if you could do a compilation of all the magazines you review. It would give a lot of insight into what works and what does not for the magazines.”
– K MADHAVAN PILLAI, Editor, Better Photography, Infomedia18 Ltd.
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“Quite useful info oops links. Highly appreciate your resourcefulness and sharing among the group.”
– MANAS BASTIA, Editor, SIPD (B2B), Infomedia18 Ltd.
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“Welcome to the Editgroup!! And surely you jest when you say that that you wouldn’t dare teach us anything–you have more experience in the editorial process than most people in the industry!
Friends, Virdi has had years of editorial experience in a very special area of publishing–that of formulating special interest titles in our national language, thereby resulting in far wider reach to our audiences across the nation. I’ve had the opportunity to work with him in a previous assignment and am confident that he will work his magic here at Infomedia as well. Believe me, there’s plenty to be learnt from him in editorial process, brand positioning and content structure–if there’s an intelligent Sardar, Virdi is the one!  ;-)”
– MARCO ANGELO D’SOUZA, Editor, CHIP, Infomedia18 Ltd.
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“How come Virdi sahib, I don’t see your review of the Forbes India magazine.”
– DINESH KRISHNAN, Director Photography, Forbes India, Network18 Ltd.
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“Very interesting – and insightful!
…Virdi, Can you pull out a few magazines and see what’s the best practice? Let’s then standardize this for all our magazines.
…Virdi + Team Overdrive! Well done. All credit to you!
…Thanks. Glad you liked it. Whats the virdict on the Careers360 mag? Keen to see your review!”
– PRAKASH IYER, Managing Director, Infomedia India Limited
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“I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.”
– MARGARET LE VAN DOMINGUEZ, Artist and Designer
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“Great job sirji…”
– KAUSHIK CHAKRAVORTY, Freelance Photographer
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“Virdi Sir, it was interesting to read your analysis, I did visit your site sometime back, great work…”
– A.R.IYER, Exec. Vice President, Infomedia18 Press
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“Dear Virdi, amazing compilation…U r cut above the class u have proved it again!!”
– MICKY NEELAM KACHHAP, Deputy Editor, Modern Medicare, Infomedia18 Ltd.
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“Sirji, Can you please review the anniversary issue of CHIP. The feedback would certainly be useful.”
– PUNIT LODHAYA, AM Operations, Alibaba.com, Network18 Ltd.
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“Sir, where is your virdict on Vogue?”
– SAJITH PAI, Special Projects & New Initiatives, Infomedia18 Ltd.
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“I found your insights and thoughts on the magazine very useful… The part I really loved about your review is of course the virdict at the end of it. Look forward to more such reviews on magazines.”
– SURAJIT AGARWAL, Managing Editor, CHIP & Tech2.com, Network18 Ltd.
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“What do you make out of Forbes – India?
…Any magazine till date that received a five star rating from you?
…Many thanks for adding my personal ID for your reviews. Deeply appreciated.
…You can do me one favor, can you evaluate JCK (a very honest appraisal) in a similar fashion and show me your ranking?
…I can see huge amount of efforts in this. The presentation made perfect sense to me. I believe we at Reed have a lot to learn from this presentation :-)”
– SURESH RAMAKRISHNAN, Head, Reed-Infomedia.
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“I really admire how well you review each magazine. Why don’t you do that with our in-house magazines as well? Each team will really benefit from your evaluation. Me and Deepak would love if you could do an analysis of T3 whenever you’ve got free time.”
– TRUPTI GHAG, Feature Editor, T3, Infomedia18 Ltd.
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“I’m a regular reader of your blog. And basically wanted to send across the magazine I work for, it’s called platform. we’re a contemporary arts bi-monthly magazine. This is our 5th year in circulation, and it would be wonderful to hear your thoughts on the same.”
– SHAHNAZ SIGANPORIA, Features Editor, Platform
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Magworld

100+ Reviews at http://mediajunction.blogspot.in

मैं हूँ किसान – किसानों की खराब हालत जैसी ही पत्रिका

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-8-03-03-amइस वर्ष का मेरा पहला रिव्यू, और वह भी हिन्दी भाषा में! संयोग से जो मैगज़ीन रिव्यू के लिए मेरे सम्मुख आई है वह भी हिन्दी भाषा में ही है इसलिए हिन्दी में ही रिव्यू करना और भी सार्थक हो जाता है। यह है हाल ही में शुरु हुई मासिक पत्रिका – ‘मैं हूँ किसान’ जो कि कृषि एवं किसानों से जुड़े विषयों पर सामग्री प्रस्तुत करने के उद्देश्य से जयपुर स्थित हैनिमैन चैरिटेबल मिशन सोसाइटी नामक संस्थान द्वारा प्रकाशित की जा रही है।

मैगज़ीन की हालत बिल्कुल अपने विषय के अनुरूप ही है, कृषि की जैसी दुर्दशा है वैसी ही हालत में यह पत्रिका भी है। मैंने अपने रिव्यूस में पहले भी कहा है कि किसी एक क्षेत्र में अच्छा-खासा अनुभव रखने या संबंधित विषय के बारे में बहुत सी जानकारी-सूचनाएँ एकत्र कर लेने या उस क्षेत्र से संबंधित लोगों-अधिकारियों-विभागों आदि में जान-पहचान हो जाने मात्र से लोगों को अक्सर यह गलतफहमी हो जाती है कि वे उस क्षेत्र में या उस विषय पर एक बढ़िया मैगज़ीन प्रकाशित कर सकते हैं। और बस, उनकी इसी गलतफहमी का परिणाम होता है, ‘मैं हूँ किसान’ जैसी स्तरहीन मैगज़ीन। पूरा रिव्यू पढ़ें

Times What’s Up?!: It’s cool…!

Times Whats Up

Do you remember one of my older reviews about ‘Which Right Choice?’ magazine? It was quite an unusual kind of magazine to help consumers to make buying decision by providing them purely editorial perspective and unbiased verdicts on variety of consumer products and services. The USP of WRC is that they don’t accept any single advertisement or advertorial or sponsored feature (not even for the covers) to put in the magazine to ensure its positioning in readers mind that this magazine is absolutely editorial driven, not the advertisements.

Now ‘Times What’s Up?!’ is recently launched magazine by Times Of India group which is also in the same genre but interestingly it is just opposite to WRC in terms of content. TWU is merely a compilation of advertorials and promotional features except of very editorial articles. A very unique proposition and solves fairly its purpose to help consumers to in buying. Full Review…

Gorgeous Looks: Not looking even averag

Gorgeous Looks

Pratishtha Publication has recently launched this bi-monthly title – ‘Gorgeous Looks’ with the tag line of ‘The Health, Beauty and Lifestyle Magazine’. Now, each one of these three areas from the tag line are so wide and broad that you need to be very careful to decide your boundaries and scopes for the coverage and lifestyle, as I see, is the most misused genre in magazines publishing. Anything which does not fit into any category, that somehow gets a seat in lifestyle category. Exactly same is the variety (?) of content when you go through the issue of GL. You actually get lost and forget what kind of magazine you are reading by the way. Full Review…

Travel with Style: Does not take you anywhere

Travel with Style combined

What comes to your mind when someone promises you to take for a ‘Travel with Style’? Obviously, a stylish and luxurious traveling experience! I also expected the same when I picked up this magazine from newsstand which is launched last month only by Sampan Media Pvt. Ltd. But it wiped out all my expectations from this magazine when I read it thoroughly. Full Review…

Innovation + Win = Innowin: Right Equation?

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Everything that is out of the box is not an innovation. It is not necessary always is the result of creativity but also can be because of negligence. This belief of mine became even stronger after going through recently launched magazine – Innowin. The moment I saw the launch issue on the stands, when I picked up the issue in my hands, it looked different but was that enough? Here’s how do I feel about this magazine after going through it closely. Full Review…

 

Ye lo…framed Indian traveler!

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National Geographic Traveller (NGT) is another publication surrounded with yellow frame and has earned same respect for its journalistic values. Its Indian edition is launched by ACK media (very well known for Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle & Karadi Tales) this month where it has to compete with other existing international & Indian publications like Conde Nast Traveller, Lonely Planet Magazine, Outlook Traveller, Travel Plus, Geo etc to create its own mind-share. Full Review…

 

Small Medium Entrepreneur: Business of businesses

Small Medium Enterpreneur

‘Franchise India Publication’, the publisher of various other publications like Estate World, The Franchising World, Retailer and many web portals has recently launched a new magazine- Small Medium Entrepreneur. As name suggests itself that it is to target the small & medium sized businesses & entrepreneurs in the country where couple of other magazines already are there to target the same genre. It is quite common of having many magazines from same genre with very similar or resembling titles but at least their treatment should be different if you want to create your own identity. Full Review…

Science for a common man: Popular Science India 

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I always see ‘Popular Science’ magazine as a periodical that explains the reality of this scientific universe in simple language to a common and a layman where he lives. It covers every aspect science and technology that touches our day-to-day life and may affect our future. It brings science from scientists’ laboratories to the layman’s level understanding of complicated facts & principles and that is why I prefer to call it ‘People Science’ magazine. Full Review…

Filmfare now available in Hindi… Big deal!

Filmfare-Hindi-May-2011

In the launch issue of Hindi edition of Filmfare, Editor Jitesh Pillai has signed off his edit note with- ‘I hope that the same affection & bonding you would share with Hindi edition of Filmfare the way you have been doing for the last sixty years with English edition’. After going through the issue I was surprised if two products are not at same level in terms of editorial quality & seriousness, how can you expect the same kind of treatment & bonding from the consumer for them? In fact, for that matter, any magazine which has no editorial vision or has not done complete editorial ground work or is not serious about its standards or does not understand the content needs of its audience that magazine cannot become a great magazine. Full Review…

Imperfect magazine for a Perfect Woman

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Publisher of recently launched magazine- ‘Perfect Woman’ claims that it is aiming at the modern, discerning and sharp focused woman of today. Perfect Woman is the new entrant in the genre of magazine for woman in India which is launched by GGC Ltd. as a monthly magazine. Indian market is already flooded with many Indian & foreign titles like Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Femina, New Woman, Woman’s Era, Elle, Good Housekeeping, Verve and many more. Amongst them, few are fighting to be on top and couple of others are struggling even for their survival,. In that kind of competitive scenario, it becomes even more challenging to come up with an extra ordinarily brilliant product to capture a remarkable market share for you. Full Review…

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