What is The Ken?

The Ken is a subscription-driven media site. We will write one story a day (weekdays only). These stories will have sharp, original insight on technology, business, science and healthcare from India.

Why do I have to sign up to read your stories?

Our stories are not free. Well, some select stories are. But, a significant part of what we write at The Ken is for subscribers only. We put a lot of effort and resources in writing our stories and believe that you must pay for good journalism. Hence, our two plans. One, the annual membership. Two, the free sign up. On journalism and why you should pay for it, if you haven’t seen it already, here’s a great explainer from John Oliver.

So, one must pay for journalism?


How many stories will I get if I take an annual membership? 

200+ stories.

And, in the free sign up?

Four stories every month.

Why do you not have a monthly plan? 

The RBI’s strict rules around mandatory two-factor authentication make it hard for us to create a compelling and easily renewed subscription offer. We believe we are reasonably priced and right now, we want to focus all our energy on writing stories for an audience which believes in us. And in our promise of sharp, original, well-written stories. With a free sign up, you have ample opportunity to experience our journalism.

That said, we’re actively looking at a few options that might allow us to offer a monthly subscription plan. You’ll hear from us soon.

Do I get a refund? 

We allow you to sample our journalism for free before signing up, and after you do, we stand by its quality. But we do not offer refunds.