The country’s first and only publication devoted to narrative journalism, The Caravan occupies a singular position among Indian magazines. Our stories present a unique mix of detailed reporting, lively and vivid writing, and a commitment to the art of storytelling whether the subject is politics, culture, travel or art.
Far from publishing the typical sort of pieces that fill the pages of daily newspapers and weekly magazines rushing to chase yesterday’s headlines, The Caravan showcases artfully constructed stories whose subjects go far beyond the chatter of daily television news. Based on months of reporting and research, our stories are crafted into dramatic narratives that employ pace, colour, character and style to keep the reader hooked from start to finish—combining the excitement and immediacy of great literature with real characters, real plots and real consequences.
Drawing on the tradition established by international magazines like The New Yorker and Granta, The Caravan presents a rich and nuanced picture of contemporary India in all its complexity. Since its relaunch in January 2010, the magazine has earned a reputation as one of the country’s most sophisticated publications: a showcase for the region’s finest writers and a distinctive blend of masterful reporting, incisive criticism and commentary, stunning photo essays, and gripping new fiction and poetry.
The Caravan fills a niche in the Indian media that has remained vacant for far too long, one for the intellectually curious and aesthetically refined reader, who seeks a magazine of exceptional quality rather than the proliferating quantity of publications now crowding newsstands. It is a new kind of magazine for a new kind of reader, one who demands both style and substance.
Awards and Recognition
For her article ‘The Treasure of Trash’ (February 2010), Mridu Khullar was named Development Journalist of the Year at the Asian Development Bank Institute’s Developing Asia Journalism Awards, 2010, in Tokyo.
Samanth Subramanian’s ‘The Confidence Man’ (March 2011), a profile of Lalit Modi, listed in Longform.org’s Best of 2011 compilation in the sports reportage category.
Vinod K Jose‘s ‘River Deep Mountain High‘, on a bungled Indo-US espionage mission in the Himalayas, and ‘The Last Lear‘, a profile of M Karunanidhi, received an honourable mention in the 2011 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.
Rohini Mohan’s ‘The Defeated’ (February 2012) recognised as the best print media article on humanitarian issues by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with the Press Institute of India.
Prayaag Akbar’s ‘The Growing Tuberculosis Threat’ (October 2012) conferred an award for effective reporting on Tuberculosis by REACH/ Lilly MDR-TB Partnership.
Vinod K Jose’s ‘Falling Man’ (October 2011) included in the centennial compilation of 100 Great Stories covered by Columbia School journalists.
Vinod K Jose’s ‘The Emperor Uncrowned: The Rise of Narendra Modi’ (March 2012) and ‘On the Success of Ethics’ (December 2012) cited for reporting excellence by the jury for the Osborne Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia.
Samanth Subramanian’s profile of Subramanian Swamy, ‘The Outlier’ (May 2012) awarded Best Political Story of 2012, and his profile of Samir Jain, ‘Supreme Being’ (December 2012) awarded Best Entertainment / Media Story of 2012 by the Mumbai Press Club.
Mehboob Jeelani‘s profile of Syed Ali Geelani, ‘The Man Who Says No To New Delhi‘ (September 2010) awarded the Ramnath Goenka award for Reporting from J&K and the Northeast (Print).
Trisha Gupta‘s essay on the films depicting working-class lives, ‘Difficult Loves‘ (November 2013), awarded the runner-up position for Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Story of 2013 by the Mumbai Press Club.
Virat Markandeya’s story on the quest for natural quasicrystals, ‘Forbidden Symmetry‘ (November 2013) awarded Best Science & Innovation Story of 2013 by the Mumbai Press Club.
Delhi Press is one of the oldest publishing houses in India. With 32 magazines in nine languages, Delhi Press is also currently the leading magazine publisher in the country.
Established in 1939 by the late Mr Vishwa Nath, a visionary and freedom fighter, Delhi Press debuted with The Caravan in 1940, followed by Sarita, a Hindi monthly in 1945. Thereafter, Delhi Press launched Mukta, Champak, Grihshobha, Woman’s Era, Suman Saurabh and Saras Salil, among others.
The Caravan was published for 48 years until, in 1988, Delhi Press decided to discontinue the magazine to start a current affairs magazine, while the group was still demonstrating consistent growth in all its other titles. Then in 2010, The Caravan was relaunched as India’s first narrative journalism magazine.