Made in Sivakasi: How newspapers front-paged the announcement of general elections 2019 in a mad riot of colours, cartoons, graphics, boxes, numbers

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The dog’s meal that is Indian newspaper front pages, on big news days. Text, graphics, pictures, cartoons, photo-illustrations, boxes, highlights, numbers, colours, all in one right royal mess, with nothing to hold the eye.

Even on a such as this, the announcement of #GeneralElections2019, there were newspapers like Dainik Bhaskar (Hindi), Divya Bhaskar (Gujarati), and Lokmat (Marathi) which could give their editors a full front page to play with.

On the flip side, most newspapers were thinner with the model code of conduct kicking in, and the obscene ad inventory of Narendra Modi and other min-Modis having run out.


Indian newspaper front pages have been compared to a thali, the all-inclusive meal.

Pictured below a Rs 1,500-per-thali from the ‘Ponnuswamy‘ restaurant in Chennai.

Compare and contrast!

Also read: 74 full-page advertisements in 3 English papers over 6 days





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