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  • 'Indianomix' full of multiple gems which makes it a must read May 27, 2014

    I will begin this review by saying that this book is not 'Freakonomics'. Due to the success of books such as 'Freakonomics' and 'The Undercover Economist' which in turn has spawned off a multitude of metoos, most reviews of the book tend to be focusing on comparisons with the above...
  • Chiki Sarkar to head publishing at Penguin Random House India March 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Chiki Sarkar, currently Publisher at Penguin Books India, has been appointed as Publisher, Penguin Random House India with overall responsibility for building the local publishing programme in both English and local languages. Milee Ashwarya and Meru Gokhale have both been appointed to the role of Publishing Director, Penguin Random...
  • Sales of Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy reach 100 million mark March 6, 2014

    The Fifty Shades trilogy, written by EL James, who shot to fame because of her fan fiction writing, is now celebrating double milestones. The trilogy has officially sold a hundred million copies worldwide, and has also seen its hundredth week on the New York Times Bestsellers list. According to Random...
  • Betsy Woodman's simple writing makes the reader love the book November 12, 2013

    I had read Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes, the first book by the author of the Jana Bibi's Adventure series and it was an impressing piece of work. I have been telling this to a lot of people lately that Betsy Woodman's writing has a certain sense of calmness which leaves...
  • A Cool Dark Place by Supriya Dravid is a brilliant debut November 12, 2013

    September was a very good month in terms of reading. More because I read some of the finest books that I have read so far and A Cool Dark Place by Supriya Dravid is definitely one of them. With a very intriguing and heartwarming cover, this book again came with...
  • 'The Blood Telegram,' a powerful statement on American hypocrisy October 16, 2013

    Apart from the local leaders, who played a pivotal role in the liberation of Bangladesh? The obvious answer is the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi. Who else? According Gary J Bass' compelling book 'The Blood Telegram' Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide' , Indira Gandhi's...
  • Ravi Subramanian proves Penguin's popular fiction strategy: acquire established bestelling authors September 26, 2013

    With the publication of Ravi Subramanian's fifth novel Bankerupt, Penguin Random House India's commercial strategy is becoming increasingly evident. In July this year, Penguin took away the bestselling Subramanian from Rupa, where his first four novels Devil In Pinstripes, The Incredible Banker, If God Was A Banker, and The Bankster...
  • Book extract: Happy Birthday by Meghna Pant September 17, 2013

    Happy Birthday! is a celebration of the complex, mysterious inner lives of our fellow human beings, by the award-winning novelist Meghna Pant. The book is about a dedicated friend who undertakes one last labour of love for a childless woman. Nadia - married into money - finds herself facing uncomfortable truths...
  • Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra's tale of 'How Not to Make Money' September 3, 2013

    Rajasthan Royals' co-owner, Shilpa Shetty's husband, Raj Kundra who was recently surrounded by the IPL spot-fixing controversy is set to make his literary debut. Raj Kundra's debut novel, 'How Not To Make Money' is set to be published in October 2013 by Random House India. A gripping thriller based...
  • Extract: The Professional by Ashok Ferrey August 20, 2013

    The Professional by Ashok Ferrey is an exploration of the nature and meaning of love; of time, its circularity and its irreversibility; and the plain damned unreliability of what we call memory. Here's an extract from the book: The old man woke up in the middle of the night to the...
  • Extract: A Cool Dark Place by Supriya Dravid August 19, 2013

    A mother daughter bond formed in the afterlife, memories stored in Ziploc bags and the horrific struggle to piece together a past that's been through the shredder A Cool, Dark Place is all of these plus the unsettling realization that ones life was ghostwritten by two drunks. Here's an extract from...
  • 'Hitched' of arranged marriage and the modern woman August 5, 2013

    Arranged Marriages are dicey. It takes a lot to make them happen and with times changing, the concept of arranged marriages has also changed a lot. What is much needed today is a stepbystep guide on arranged marriages that combines humour and sensitivity. Random House India launches Nandini Krishna's book,...
  • 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...
  • Every entrepreneur should read Dhandha July 1, 2013

    I like reading about entrepreneurs. There is so much to learn from their experiences. I have read all the books by Rashmi Bansal because they were about entrepreneurs and their first hand experience about setting up their businesses and I think I will end up reading all the books by...
  • Story behind how Gujaratis do business May 30, 2013

    Dhandha, meaning business, is a term often used in common trade parlance in India. But there is no other community that fully embodies what the term stands for than the Gujaratis. Innately businessminded and highly persevering, their entrepreneurial spirit has led them to taste enviable success in their chosen fields. Shobha...
  • Legacy is a book that forces you to introspect May 1, 2013

    The relationship between a parent and a child cannot be explained in words. It is much more than that. A parent is a child's first friend, teacher, guide and motivator. At times, we think that the upbringing of children of rich and successful people is far different from that of...
  • Random House acquires Eve Ensler's memoir March 13, 2013

    Random House India has acquired of activist and author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler's powerful new memoir - In the Body of the World - to be released on 30th April 2013. Ensler has devoted her life to the female body-how to talk about it, how to protect and value...
  • Excerpt: Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories October 30, 2012

    Boats on Land looks at India's northeast 'uniquely' and its people against a larger historical canvas the early days of the British Raj, the World Wars, conversions to Christianity, and the missionaries. The Boats on Land quietly captures our fragile, awkward place in the world. Written by Janice Pariat, a...
  • Pearson confirms Penguin and Random House merger October 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Pearson and Bertelsmann agree consumer publishing partnership: Penguin and Random House to combine, creating the world's leading trade publisher. Pearson has confirmed publishing firm Random House is to merge with its venerable book seller Penguin. The confirmation came in as Pearson put an announcement on their official website. They also...
  • Pearson in talks over PenguinRandom House merger October 26, 2012

    London: British publishing and education company Pearson PLC says it is in talks with German media group Bertelsmann SE over merging the firms' Penguin and Random House publishing operations. Pearson said on Thursday it "is discussing with Bertelsmann a possible combination of Penguin and Random House" but added that there is...
  • Random House reissues Nobel laureate Mo Yan's book October 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Following the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2012 to Mo Yan, Publishing house, Random House India announced it will be reissuing his acclaimed novel Red Shorgum in November. Spanning three generations, the novel is about family and myth whose stories are told through a series of flashbacks...
  • Fifty Shades of Grey effect: Classics get raunchy July 17, 2012

    London: Beloved classics like Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wuthering Heights' are getting a steamy makeover following the success of EL James' erotic novel 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. An enterprising publisher has decided to release a raunchy remix of the classics under 'Clandestine Classics' collection where the old...
  • 'Flush,' a great read for a lazy summer day March 30, 2012

    'Flush', written by Carl Hiaasen, is a great read for a lazy evening or summer day. It is easy to understand, moderatepaced and can be read by kids of all ages. It's a story set in modernday Keys, following the lives of the Underwoods. Paine Underwood, a father and fishing guide,...
  • 'Fifty Shades of Grey' gets US publisher March 11, 2012

    New York: EL James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trilogy, a wordofmouth romance smash so erotic it's sometimes labeled 'mommy porn', has been signed up by a paperback division of Random House Inc. Vintage Books announced Saturday that it had acquired the three books 'Fifty Shades of Grey', 'Fifty Shades Darker'...
  • 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...
  • Salman Rushdie to publish his memoirs October 21, 2010

    London: AngloIndian author Salman Rushdie has signed a worldwide deal to publish his memoirs in 2012, publishers Random House revealed in London on Thursday. "I have waited a long time to write this memoir, until I felt I was ready to do it. I'm ready now," the 63yearold awardwinning author said...
  • Janet Evanovich gets a new publisher July 27, 2010

    New York:Here's a publishing plot twist: One of the book world's top moneymakers, Janet Evanovich, has switched literary homes. The author of the multimillionselling "Stephanie Plum" series and other popular mystery novels has left her longtime publisher, St. Martin's Press, and joined the Random House Publishing Group. Random House announced Monday that...
  • CNNIBN Book Club Presents: Publisher's Corner October 26, 2009

    Chiki Sarkar is the EditorinChief of Random House India. The views and ideas expressed in this piece are her own I've been on holiday and caught up on all kinds of books I've been meaning to read. Here are my recommendations: The Road by Cormac McCarthy: The Road is a kind of...
  • CNNIBN Book Club Presents: Publisher's Corner June 24, 2009

    Chiki Sarkar is the EditorinChief of Random House India. The views and ideas expressed in this piece are her own Summer is here and I am too hot to get outdoors. If you are too, I'd recommend, putting on the AC, making yourself a jug of nimboo pani and settling down...