Here are images of a the extremely colorful Sakshi, brought to me by my classmate and friend Neelakash Kshetrimayum, after one of his visits home. Notice that even with modern fonts, there are still major issues with characters clashing (ie. the pink subheading in the middle left image and the red headline in the middle right image).
Luckily for us, many of the Indian language newspapers have “e-paper” pdfs available for free on their websites — which I’m guessing they provide because it is so difficult to get Indic scripts to show up properly across browsers and operating systems, and many publishing houses are not using unicode-friendly fonts anyway. The e-papers I’ve come across appear to be exact replicas of the real-thing, so if you’re interested in getting a survey of type used in news media in India, you have some great resources at your fingertips!
It’s especially interesting to compare this paper with newspapers from Bengali or Odiya-speaking regions, where it seems that far fewer fonts are available.
The idea of cataloguing different Indic scripts is really an interesting one, and I would love to contributing to it.
I am Viraj and presently a MA Graphic Design student at London College of Communication. I am researching on Indic scripts (with focus on Devanagari) for my project and wish to continue it in the future.