The Indian Express most-read stories of 2013, Sachin Tendulkar's retirement more popular than Narendra Modi's anointment

StoriesOur most read stories were those that touched a chord with the reader

2013 was a year in which indianexpress.com touched new heights in popularity and readership engagement. Our most read stories and topics were those that touched a chord with the reader.

The story of Anil Gurav - Mumbai biggest cricket star before Sachin Tendulkar burst on to the scene, captured a lot of hearts and clocked over 4,00,000 page views. Stories and picture galleries about Sachin Tendulkar's retirement and his last Test series were one of our most read topics this year with over 10 million page views.

News stories around Naredra Modi generated over seven million page views and is sure to be a hot topic for many months to come. Since our readers have an insatiable appetite for political we weren't surprised to see that the Assembly elections in five states, and AAP's rise as a political outfit were keenly followed. The allegations of sexual harassment against Tarun Tejpal brought close to a million page views. We were the first to have an exclusive interview with Tejpal, and our investigation into the Late Ponty Chadda's investment in Tejpal's elite club and the ownership structure of the company that holds the Tehelka Thinkfest were read and shared across the world.

Opinions have always been a strong point for The Indian Express and this reflects in the near fan following of our top columnists like Shekhar Gupta, Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Tavleen Singh. Incidentally, Mehta's column ' While we were silent' on the UPA's lack of action was one of the most read stories of the year. The story had over 25,000 Facebook likes and almost 5,000 Twitter shares. Shekhar Gupta's columns on the Indian Foreign Service after the Kholbagade issue and on Sanjay Dutt's arrest were reader favourites, while Tavleen Singh's piece Tehelka Shames Us All was the topic of debate for many weeks. And her piece on Rahul Gandhi's rallies in Punjab and Uttarpradesh was a favourite with political junkies. Similarly, Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle's column Talking Sport too consistently generates a lot of reader interest.

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