Tag: Indian publishing

  • The post-Partition booksellers

    The post-Partition booksellers

      In the days when Balraj Bahri Malhotra set up Bahrisons, Khan Market was a refugee market, not the upmarket, slightly soulless South Delhi hangout it is now. Sovereign Dairies, Empire Stores, grocery shops and small mithai shops kept him company for decades before the invasion of luxury brands and smart restaurants. Bahri died last […]

  • Printer’s Devil: Bookstores under siege

    Printer’s Devil: Bookstores under siege

    Introducing a new monthly column for the Business Standard: Printer’s Devil will look at publishing and bookselling trends across India. The focus is on English language trade and independent publishers, but the column will also include trends from other Indian language publishing from time to time. August 1: Indies: Seagull’s Naveen Kishore and Zubaan’s Urvashi […]

  • An open letter to S Anand

    An open letter to S Anand

    From The Hindu: The Delhi-based publisher Navayana has decided to cancel the agreement for release of the English translation of Mr. D’Cruz’s first Tamil novel Aazhi Soozh Ulagu (Ocean Ringed World) in the wake of his recent political stand on Mr. Modi. An open letter to S Anand and Navayana Dear Anand,   Somewhere along […]

  • Speaking Volumes: From Dhishoom to Banksters

    (Published in the Business Standard; apologies, there was a lot more to write on the subject that wouldn’t fit into the word count, so this does read a little like an excerpt from a longer essay!) In many of Delhi’s Hindi-language bookshops, the bestseller sections stock a range of strikingly familiar titles. Alongside perennially popular […]

  • Banned Books Week: Chiki Sarkar, from the publisher’s desk

    I am writing here as a publisher and as someone who has to deal with injunctions against books on a regular basis. I wanted to use this blog to think a little about how these injunctions work and what they mean for us publishers. In the last year at Penguin, I have encountered two injunctions […]