A few of our regular contributors share their thoughts on how easily they have been able to connect with NXg, which celebrates its second birthday on March 27.
The first thing that comes to mind is the feeling you get when you realise your name is featured at the end of the article and that thousands of people are going to read it. It’s just awesome to have a place to share things we know with a large audience. This is the only paper I know of that encourages us, the readers, to actively be a part of this venture. And then, there’s the cheques; who can deny that?
Sharan is a II Year B.E student at RMK College of Engineering and Technology.
I just want to say that NXg is the best publication out there for people of our age group. Here’s wishing a great second anniversary and hoping we have many many more. Writing for it has been a lot of fun! The actual effort taken to read a book, eat at a restaurant, interview people and research for a serious article is definitely worth it, when you see your work in print and appreciated by many. Writing for NXg has enabled me to get many more opportunities to write articles and even edit some. Besides, it is a wonderful stres-reliever…at least for me, since I enjoy penning my thoughts! And since I have been with this paper right from the very beginning, I have seen it grow and I am very appreciative of the sometimes â€œcontroversialâ€ articles that it brings out into the open. Good luck NXg! Keep up the good work!
Cassandra is a III Year B.Sc. Psychology student at Women’s Christian College.
It has been a long term relationship with NXg, spanning more than two years now. Yes, we have been through our share of ups and downs, stopping at the red signals and speeding at the green ones! But ultimately, there is nothing that beats that feeling of representation, responsibility and with that, enjoying the whole process. As they say, happiness is the journey itself.
Niharika is a II Year BA Literature student at Stella Maris College.
Prasanth G. Narahari
My association with NXg over the past two years is a chapter in my life that I am never going to forget. After coming to Chennai in the eighth standard, my life revolved around only studies, movies and books. But after I started writing for both the Young World and NXg, I discovered the writer in me, and I learnt to appreciate different styles of writing in various books and news papers. I found it relaxing when I put all my thoughts down on paper and it has really boosted my confidence and not to mention my English marks. I have made a lot of new friends and people that I have never seen before have come up to me after hearing my name and appreciated my articles.
Prasanth is a Std XI A student at Chettinad Vidyashram.
NXg - Three letters that convey a lot. It represents the new generation, us. It presents the opportunity for scores of us to debate, analyse and express. Personally, it has been my home turf of sorts where, as the famous Chinese proverb says, I do and I understand. With an experienced set of editors to guide me, peers to encourage me and the world around me to motivate, NXg has brought me that much closer to achieving my dream of making a difference with the written word. Every time I hear â€œHey! I saw you in the papers!â€, I mouth a secret â€˜thank you’ to NXg and the brains at The Hindu who, a little over two years ago, decided to start this brand new supplement. My relationship with NXg goes beyond just paper and ink. It is a bond I have formed with the people. It is a relationship I have nurtured with the institution. If NXg was a mirror, it would show each one of us, the faces of our generation, our habits, likes, dislikes, attitudes and everything else there is to know. NXg is more than a mere platform. It is a reflection of us.
Yashasvini is a Std XI student at APL Global School.
If not for NXg I would have never discovered that I had a flair and passion for writing. I look forward to reading this paper every Thursday because not only the news, but the people who write are also ones that I can relate to! Another wonderful experience was when I had a chance to speak as one of the NXG person of the year finalists (although I did embarrass myself a lot!).The best is yet to come; many times I have felt like screaming out loud, my opinions on some of the issues that really get on my nerves. And yes, NXG has very democratically accepted all those times when youngsters like us wanted to scream our opinion! I am sure even after many years nothing can compensate the happiness I felt when I picked up a copy of Nxg and saw my name in print for the first time!
Nandhitha is a Std XI student at Chettinad Vidyashram.
NXg was the best thing that happened to me last year. When I started writing for it around May, I never thought that the experience would turn out the way it did! In the past ten months, among other things, I got to do a really cool inside story on drugs, have become (something of a) reviewer, and absolutely loved a bonus three-week tour to parts of India I didn’t know existed. NXg is an unbiased, open platform for the young. And it has pretty much taught me to be the same. Besides, in the course of the past year, I’ve met some very talented people, learnt of clarity in thought and expression and of the supreme importance of word limits. I’ve earned both bouquets and brickbats, and now know that every shade of opinion is to be given its due. The best part of NXg is that its editors are really tuned-in to the city’s beat. And understand the audience better (and quicker) than the rest of us do. I hope I’ll always find space here. And yes, I promise to watch the word count.
Tanya is a II Year B.Com. student at Stella Maris College.
Rachel Anusha J.
Writing for the NXg has been a great learning experience. I not only met talented writers, but was also exposed to a plethora of ideas that helped me improve my writing style. There was always new areas to explore and never a dull moment being in the NXg family. I am sure this publication will go a long way as it bears a lot of promise fuelled by young talent! I am proud to have been a part of this wonderful journey!
Rachel is a III Year B.Sc. Psychology student at Women’s Christian College.
I can’t believe that it’s been two years already! Writing for NXg has been an experience of the better. I think I have almost given up looking at anything like a normal person; I try to find the â€˜story’ quotient in almost anything under the sun. Keeping all that aside, I think NXg has been a great platform for people like me who love to write. It has given me the support to write, write for the love of it. And who can ignore the ego boosting by-line that you get? As a reader too, NXg has barely disappointed. Over two years, they managed to divert attention to important topics like drug, child and sexual abuse and identities. All this is in perfect tandem with the very welcomed pieces of music, books and drama. NXg to me is a fun part of an otherwise boring day called Thursday; it’s everything that the new generation is all about â€” balancing fun and work. Congratulations to NXg for coming a long way, it’s been a pleasure being a part of the team and I eagerly look forward for more!
Vishnupriya is a III Year B.A. Journalism student at Madras Christian College.
A pick of the compliments and suggestions we received from our readers.
Congratulations NXg for completing two successful years. The content of the paper always captures the readers. Thursday morning newspaper is more eagerly awaited after NXg started. There is a good balance between knowledge and entertainment and a fresh variety in all the sections. I have always loved reading â€œMy Spaceâ€. Its one of the best sections of NXg and I would love it if you do not limit it to a single page. Archies and Astrix are the most popular comics among the teens and adults alike. So including strips of these comics would also be popular. Wishing it all the best for the coming years.
REMA VARMA, Software Engineer, Accenture
NXg is definitely a hot favorite for the next generation. It would also stand for ‘Nice’-'Xtreme’-'Grand’. I really look forward to the pages to be increased and the content to go up. One more suggestion is that reviews on hardware / software / gaming can be added. Also a section on review of classics (songs / movies) can be made a regular feature. Plus a section on special offers (could be anything under the sky from Computer accessories to Kitchenware) can be added. I look forward to more contests also. Kudos to NXg and keep up the good work.
PETER PREMRAJ A.
NXg is a wonderful platform that gives the youth a chance to be heard. NXg, with its simple and alluring nature, has played a phenomenal role in connecting like-minded gen next across the globe. Hats off for the venture! On the suggestion side, â€˜recognising a need for change is the first step of development’ and I think the gen next will have numerous views on what changes our country requires â€” be it local neighbourhood issues, our education system, budget plan, sports selection, political decisions, judiciary laws or cinema. A column on what NXg readers feel need to change from the existing scenarios would be welcome.
Reflection of youth power
We are the generation next and NXg is our paper. First time in India, here’s a paper for the nextgen by the nextgen with their outlook. It is just the beginning; NXg will go a long way in fulfilling the aspirations of the youth of this country. As they say, you need to constantly innovate to sustain and progress in this competitive world.
A few suggestions to make NXg best:
- NXG can invite articles from young writers on the current affair topics every week and publish the best three articles in NXG.
- Start a short story section and publish the best short story every week.
- Devote one column to young achievers and publish their short biography.
- ‘My Dream My Life’ section should be launched where youth can share their dreams with the whole world.
- One career column should be launched where youth can share experiences of their job or work.
Hope NXg goes from strength to strength and becomes a symbol of youth energy; our energy.
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