Aleph Book Company’s co-publisher Ravi Singh has parted ways with the company.

“It is with regret that I would like to announce the resignation of Ravi Singh as Co-Publisher, Aleph Book Company,” said David Davidar, publisher and co-founder of the premium publishing company on the official website of the company. “He has decided to strike out on his own as an independent publishing consultant, something he has been wanting to do for a while now. Ravi is a publisher and literary editor of great gifts and was instrumental in getting the firm off to a flying start. I would like to thank him for everything he has done for us and, on behalf of everyone at Aleph, wish him the very best for the future.”

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Monideepa Sahu, fiction editor of Kitaab, interviews Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, the author of The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey (Aleph) 

HansaHansda Sowvendra Shekhar is a medical officer with the government of Jharkhand, India. When he is not busy treating patients, he reads, and writes. His stories and articles have been published in The Statesman, is stories H Indian Literature, The Times of India, The Four Quarters Magazine and elsewhere. His short fiction is included in the anthology, Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories II.

His novel, The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey (Aleph) takes us into the little-known and fascinating world of the Santhal tribals of eastern India. The Santhals live in small villages surrounded by forests, and follow their own lore and rituals. Eating, drinking and merrymaking, rituals and festivities, are an integral part of the social life of these poor, uncomplicated and lively people. The author, who has first-hand knowledge of this culture, brings this world to vivid life.