PENGUIN INDIA

  • Penguin India urged to approach higher court February 23, 2014

    Penguin India, which recently withdrew American author Wendy Doniger's book on Hinduism, has been urged to approach higher courts to establish a strong precedent of upholding freedom of expression. A group of academicians and authors on Sunday said they were forwarding a petition concerning the withdrawal of the book along with...
  • 'The Hindus' effect? Wendy Doniger's 'On Hinduism' on Kindle eBooks bestsellers list in India February 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The controversy over Penguin Books India withdrawing all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from India and pulp their remaining copies has also resulted in a greater interest in Doniger's other works. On Hinduism, a different book by Wendy Doniger is currently the No...
  • Ideas 2014: Freedom of expression is like rape in India, says Taslima Nasrin February 18, 2014

    Author Taslima Masrin has said that freedom of expression is like a rape in India. In a special series Ideas 2014, CNNIBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose speaks to Taslima Nasrin on withdrawal of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' by Penguin India sparked outrage. The author said she...
  • Ideas 2014: Is India facing a cultural emergency? February 17, 2014

    In a special series Ideas 2014, CNNIBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose speaks to Historian Ramachandra Guha and biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Rajmohan Gandhi on withdrawal of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' by Penguin India sparked outrage. ...
  • 'The Hindus' row: Readers ask Penguin India to give up copyright February 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as Penguin Books India on Friday defended its decision to withdraw Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus', a Bangalore advocate, on behalf of readers, has issued a legal notice to the publisher asking it to give up its copyright. Advocate Lawrence Liang of the Bangalorebased Alternative Law Forum claims...
  • Penguin took a rational call on Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus': Kian Ganz February 13, 2014

    Penguin Books India has decided to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus: An Alternative History' from India and pulp their remaining copies, in a move that is seen as a curb on the freedom of expression and has angered many on social media websites. Critics say...
  • Full text: Petition seeking Penguin Books apology for Wendy Doniger's book February 11, 2014

    In a petition filed on Tuesday, the Penguin Group has been asked to apologise for the publication of the factually incorrect and offensive book 'The HindusAn Alternative History' by Wendy Doniger. Penguin Books India, earlier in the day, reportedly agreed to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger's book 'The Hindus:...
  • Bankerupt has all elements to be a bestseller September 16, 2013

    It was around the same time last year when I had first met Ravi Subramanian. His latest book Bankster had got released and he was in Delhi for some event related to it. This was the first time he was meeting a blogger and for me, this was the first...
  • Penguin offers Ravi Subramanian Rs 1.25 crore for twobook deal July 18, 2013

    Ravi subramanian's move from Rupa Publications to Penguin India may not be about the money but you cannot be blamed for thinking it is. The publishing giant has offered the author Rs 1.25 crore for a twobook deal making it the highest advance given by them to any Indian writer....
  • Penguin Random House merger, Gaurav Shrinagesh named India CEO July 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Publishing giants Penguin and Random House formally merged today and Gaurav Shrinagesh will be the head of India operations as the new global team executive was announced. Shrinagesh, previously managing director of Random House India, will be CEO of Penguin Random House India. The global senior executive team for Penguin...
  • If you are paranoid about English, English Bites is the book for you May 30, 2013

    English used to give me nightmares at some point of time in my life. So much that I couldn't interact with my classmates and teachers when I was admitted to a new school because of the rule that if you speak in Hindi, you will have to pay a fine...
  • Reading Mohsin Hamid; Slumdog Millionaire meets The White Tiger? April 17, 2013

    Mohsin Hamid is a gifted writer and a wonderful storyteller, so it is totally to his credit that his latest novel "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" is gripping. In fact, it left me wanting to finish the book, and I did so in one sitting or two....
  • Sundaram's Stringer impresses you from the word go April 3, 2013

    Every journalist has a story to tell. But few have the skill to tell the story so well. Anjan Sundaram's Stringer impresses you from the word go. He wastes no time. Takes you straight to the heart of the action. Constructs the setting with such deftness, that you feel you've...
  • Penguin India back with their 10-day Spring lit fest March 14, 2013

    New Delhi: In its fourth edition, Spring Fever is Delhi's first-ever literature spring festival, and the only festival of its kind organized by a leading publisher in India. The ten-day festival will be held in India Habitat Centre from 15th to 24th March (7pm onwards) and will encompass a...
  • Book extract: Sex, sweat & Sharon Stone July 26, 2012

    Author Jhoomur Bose's book' 'Confessionally Yours' revolves around protagonist Polly. Polly, who is incapable of writing a good article for the newspaper according to her editor. Polly cant have a baby soon enough for her motherinlaw... Polly is not pretty enough for her husband who moans about his ex...
  • David Davidar: Aleph books will be competitively priced April 30, 2012

    David Davidar Age: 53 Profile: CoFounder and MD, Aleph Book Company Career: Over 25 years as a publishing professional. Founderpublisher of Penguin India at age 26; was then variously CEO & Publisher, Penguin India; MD, Dorling Kindersley India; CEO, Pearson India; Publisher, Penguin Canada; President & Publisher, Penguin Canada; CEO, Penguin International Education: BSc,...
  • Penguin India to publish Amit Chaudhuri's works March 21, 2012

    New Delhi: In what is a landmark acquisition, Penguin Books India has acquired the Indian subcontinent rights to publish the acclaimed author Amit Chaudhuri's works. Penguin will be bringing out all his new writings, in addition to publishing the backlist. The first book by Amit Chaudhuri to be published by Penguin...
  • Extract: 'Emerging India' by Bimal Jalan February 22, 2012

    Bimal Jalan is one of India's wellknown economists. He was Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1997 to 2003. He has held several top positions in the ministries of finance and industry and in the Planning Commission. He was also Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the...
  • Penguin India to mark 2012 as silver jubilee year January 18, 2012

    New Delhi: Penguin India, known for publishing the best writing from the Indian subcontinent, will mark its silver jubilee celebrations in 2012 with a series of initiatives, including the launch of a list comprising some of the best loved titles in its 25 years. A series of events, activities and initiatives...
  • Indian publishers get new top editors July 4, 2011

    New Delhi: The revolving doors at Indias Englishlanguage publishing companies are finally slowing down. A frenetic round of changes at the top or just below is almost over in terms of appointments and announcements. Penguin India, Random House India and PanMacmillan all have new editorial heads now. At Random House India...
  • Penguin India appoints Chiki Sarkar as publisher May 27, 2011

    New Delhi: Chiki Sarkar, the former editor in chief of Random House India, has been appointed publisher of Penguin India, the largest English language trade publisher in the subcontinent. Sarkar has worked with bestselling authors including Jhumpa Lahiri, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie, Mohammed Hanif, Daniyal Mueenuddin and Rujuta Diwekar. Before Random...
  • Books to celebrate India's spirituality December 7, 2010

    New Delhi : India's ancient wisdom, culture and knowledge will be documented in Ananda, a new imprint of books on spirituality and heritage by the publisher, PenguinIndia. Ananda was launched this week with three books "A Treasury of Indian Wisdom", a selection of writings edited by Karan Singh, "Fingers Pointing...
  • Booker Prize winner Martel returns with a new novel November 23, 2009

    Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi which won the Booker Prize in 2002, is back with a new novel, his first in eight years, which will be out in MayJune 2010. Beatrice and Virgil is Martels first novel since Life of Pi, which is regarded as one of the biggestselling...
  • Ramachandra Guha signs 7book deal for Rs 97 lakh March 28, 2009

    New Delhi: Author Ramachandra Guha, who has clinched a Rs 97 lakh deal with Penguin India for seven books, feels it would encourage young authors to take to writing nonfiction. "It (the deal) is a welcome acknowledgment of the imbalance between fiction and nonfiction. Fictional genres like poetry, prose and novels...