THE TEENAGER TODAY will soon cross yet another milestone, 55 years of uninterrupted publication, on its journey taking along the youth of the country. On this long journey the magazine had to face a number of hurdles, including the threat of possible closure. But it has outlived them all, because it has a mission to fulfil: in addition to providing them healthy and wholesome reading material and a platform to showcase their varied talents, to bring together the youth of the nation often divided by regional, lingual, religious and caste barriers, under one umbrella.
The magazine has over these years touched the lives of thousands of people: young and not so young, instilling in them values that has transformed their lives. We often receive letters from many of our readers that bear witness to the influence THE TEENAGER has had on them in their growing-up years. Some of them have stepped out of their “teens” long ago.
Annapurna, a senior teacher in Noida, today, was a young student when I first met her in Kolkata, though by then she was a regular reader of THE TEENAGER. However, she lost touch with it once she passed out of Auxilium Convent School, Dum Dum, — her Alma Mater. Annapurna re-discovered THE TEENAGER in June, this year. She wrote to us expressing her joy at the reunion: “THE TEENAGER has been an important part of my growing–up years. The spark that THE TEENAGER lit in my life, years ago, continues to burn bright even today!”
Asmitha, a young girl from Chennai, writes: “ THE TEENAGER TODAY is really amazing; It has everything that is related to a teen’s life. It makes this confusing phase (teen years) of our life really easy to go through: it’s a magazine to be treasured by every teenager.” Caroline D’Souza, a teacher and youth counsellor, puts it more explicitly: “I have known THE TEENAGER ever since 1996. It has always helped me in my dealings with young people. May myriads of young people across the country discover this great gift.”
Unlike the other youth magazines that came up, in the meantime, and had an early closure, THE TEENAGER TODAY is a magazine with a difference, with a mission, and it has miles to go. We can bring to fulfilment this mission only with your support. You have kept us going through thick and thin, all these years. We continue to count on you, dear readers and well-wishers.
Alfonso Elengikal, SSP, has the unique distinction of being the longest-serving editor of The Teenager Today, an office he held for over 17 years. He is the bestselling author of You Can Make A Difference, You Are Destined For The Skies, Let The Real You Stand Up! and Discover The Hero Within You published by Better Yourself Books.