The Weekend Leader.com (TWL) is a pioneer in positive journalism - a one of its kind media venture managed by experienced journalists with a self-imposed mandate to focus primarily on positive news and features. Headquartered in the South Indian city of Chennai, TWL’s vision is global and driven by universal values.
TWL’s Founder Editor P C Vinoj Kumar (born 1969) is an award winning journalist with wide experience in various print and online media. In a journalistic career spanning over a decade and a half, he has reported for a wide range of publications including Sify.com, Mid-Day, Dainik Bhaskar, Meantime and lastly Tehelka. After a five-year stint in Tehelka, a popular weekly and a respected name in Indian media, Vinoj resigned his job in January 2010 to set up TWL, his dream project. In the words of Tehelka’s iconic Editor Tarun Tejpal, Vinoj "always displayed a clear sense of right and wrong, an unwavering allegiance to the exploited and the suffering. A proud moment for him – and Tehelka – was his receiving the Statesman Rural Reporting Award for 2006. Vinoj’s decision to leave and pursue other goals is a great loss for Tehelka."
TWL’s Consulting Editor Sam Rajappa is a journalist with over five decades experience in media. Presently Director of The Statesman Print Journalism School, Kolkata, Sam started his career in journalism in 1960 as a sub-editor with the Free Press Journal in Bombay. In 1962 he joined The Statesman in New Delhi and later moved to Chennai. He was associated with the paper till 2008. In 1980, he took a year’s sabbatical from The Statesman to set up the South Indian network of India Today, and worked as their South India bureau chief based in Bangalore. Again, he took a short break from the paper in 1996 to launch The Andhra Pradesh Times, an English daily published from Hyderabad, as its founder-editor. For about fifteen years, since 1980, Sam was also the BBC’s South India correspondent. He was an adjunct faculty member of the Chennai-based Asian College of Journalism from 2001 to 2007.
TWL's Features Editor Khusbhu Sundar is a popular South Indian film star and television personality.
TWL’s Consulting Photo Editor Senthil Kumaran (born 1977), a software engineer turned lensman, is winner of international awards from UNESCO, Nat Geo, WWF, City Magazine and Photo Life Magazine. In 2007, he won London based Royal Geographic Society’s prestigious Geographical Photographer of the year award. His photographs have appeared in leading Indian publications such as India Today, Outlook and Tehelka.
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Apart from its journalistic vision, TWL has plans to engage in various social initiatives such as organising leadership and motivational programmes for youth from lower income groups, and work in the fields of environmental conservation and restoration.
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The son of a poor sweet shop owner, Chandra Shekhar Ghosh today sweetens the lives of women in poverty stricken homes with loans. G Singh traces the incredibly phenomenal rise of the founder of Bandhan Bank that has Rs.12,500 crore deposit now
A love for dosas led to two friends in college fabricate an automatic dosa maker that is making waves by enabling chefs roast the crispy dosas that they were earlier not able to make outside Tamil Nadu. Usha Prasad has the interesting story
After experiencing the trials and tribulations of people from small towns and villages in seeking medical facilities, Dinesh Batra vowed to take specialised health care to smaller places. Today he is living his dreams, says Narendra Kaushik
From a poor fruit vendor’s son, who grew up eating jack fruit for snacks in an obscure Karnataka village, to owning a Rs 108 crore company making fruit flavoured ice creams in Mumbai, Srinivas Kamath has come a long way, says Somma Banerjjee
When there is an eatery at every nook and cranny, why do people travel as far as 200 km for lunch in an obscure village near Erode? Usha Prasad brings the flavour of UBM Namma Veetu Saapaadu, served in a plantain leaf for the whole family
From selling samosas on Chennai streets to setting up his own pakora shop to owning a Rs 1.5 crore company supplying delicacies to five star hotels, J Haja Funyamin has come a long way. P C Vinoj Kumar captures the flavour of a success story
Bhungroo in Gujarati means a hollow pipe. But Biplab Ketan Paul gave the word a new meaning by an innovation that has led to water availability, soil improvement and women empowerment, thus helping 14,000 farmers, says Kavita Kanan Chandra
Two friends in Kolkata, keen on turning their culinary delight into business, rejected job offers in a campus interview to start a momo kiosk. Eight years on, their venture started with Rs.30,000 has grown into a Rs.100 Cr entity, says G Singh
In a region known for farmer suicides and parched fields, Gudivada Nagaratnam Naidu returned to his roots, giving up a job, and went on to create a farm revolution. S Sainath visited Naidu’s farm near Hyderabad that’s even got an apple tree
Aasife Biriyani, popular among Chennai’s foodies and sold through nine outlets, was dispensed from a pushcart 18 years ago. Founder Aasife Ahmed made it a Rs 70 crore turnover chain by just not compromising on quality, says P C Vinoj Kumar