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posted Jan 4, 2019, 8:41 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 8:42 AM ]

The Teenager Today: going strong at 55!

The Teenager Today, India’s oldest and the only surviving national youth magazine, celebrated its 55th Birth Anniversary in November 2018. The magazine was founded by two great visionaries – Fr J. Maurus and Fr Aloysius G. Rego at Allahabad, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

“This is your own magazine, teenagers, for it hopes to cater to your mental enlightenment and moral elevation. In a world so bewildered as to have seemingly lost its grip on all sense of values, you have here a beacon of light to guide you on your glorious march through life,” wrote Fr Aloysius G Rego, the first Editor of THE TEENAGER (now The Teenager Today) in its inaugural issue. The magazine has grown in so many ways, as evident from the uninterrupted run it has had for the past 55 years! Standing the test of time, it has metamorphosed from a booklet-size 30-page magazine in black and white to a swanky multi-coloured 52-page format that we see today!

There have been other youth magazines in the country that did the rounds and slid into hibernation, while others remained in limbo before fizzling out. It is obvious that The Teenager Today has moved with the times, walking closely with its readers. Published from Mumbai by Better Yourself Books, a publishing house of the Society of St Paul, a media-oriented religious congregation of priests and brothers, the magazine, through the years, has kept pace with the constantly changing and challenging ethos.