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New Release: ‘Lost in Terror’ by Nayeema Mahjoor

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Published by Penguin Random House India, October 2016, 288 pages paperback
INR 299

About the book:

Cast in the background of the uprising against the armed forces in Kashmir in the late 1980s, Lost in Terror is the tale of a young, educated, career conscious woman who finds herself sucked into a maelstrom of death and destruction. She also cherishes the dream of Azadi and plays strong to face the wrath of Indian soldiers. But when she finds her husband’s discreet links with gunmen obsessed with the dream of Azadi, she becomes fragile and begins to lose her hold on her home, her relationships and Azadi itself.

When her dreams for a perfect family and a thriving career are turned upside down and her life comes to a standstill due to the turmoil around her, fate offers her a leap of faith—but will she take it?

About the author:

Nayeema Mahjoor is a leading journalist and fiction writer of Kashmir. She has previously worked as news editor (Urdu) at BBC World Service in London for two decades, and travelled from South Asia to the Middle East to Europe in search of big issues facing people, particularly women. Her unique style of short-story-writing has earned her fame in literary circles and been translated in other languages. Her novel Dahshatzadi was published in India and Pakistan a few years ago.

India: Penguin Random House signs a new co-publishing deal with Manjul Publishing for local language translation

Vaishali Mathur appointed to Head of Language Publishing and Rights

Penguin Random House in India has announced a new co-publishing partnership for local language translation with Manjul Publishing House and the appointment of Vaishali Mathur to Head of Language Publishing and Rights.

Under the partnership with Manjul Publishing, Penguin Random House titles will be made available in Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi in the first roll out phase. An initial list of about 50 titles will be released over the course of 2016, growing to a wider range in the coming years.  This list will encompass both adult and children’s titles across fiction and non-fiction, and consist of both newly released titles and some of Penguin Random House’s most popular perennial bestsellers. To drive this initiative, Vaishali Mathur will take on the newly created role of Head of Language Publishing and Rights.  Alongside her current role as Executive Editor for commercial publishing, Vaishali will take on a wider responsibility for further language sales as well as rights deals to language publishers in India and worldwide.

“It has long been Penguin Random House’s aim to provide books and content for a large range of readers, not only throughout India but also across the globe,” said Penguin Random House India CEO Gaurav Shrinagesh.  “Through this new strategic partnership with Manjul Publishing and the appointment of Vaishali to oversee our translation and rights sales, I am delighted that we will now be able to expand the reach of our authors’ works across languages and territories.”

“I am extremely enthused with this opportunity to bring Penguin Random House’s extensive catalogue of Indian and International books to the readers of local languages across the country,” said Mathur. “With this program we will be able to reach out to a larger readership and provide our authors with a wider canvas.”



India: Hemali Sodhi appointed Senior Vice president at Penguin Random House India

The CEO of Penguin Random House India Gaurav Shrinagesh has announced the appointment of Hemali Sodhi as Senior Vice President Marketing for Penguin Random House in India.

She will take on the role in addition to her current responsibilities as Publisher, Children’s.  VP Marketing and Corporate Communications Caroline Newbury will be leaving Penguin Random House later in 2016 to return to the UK.

Hemali will be responsible for all marketing activities for Penguin Random House in India.  She will take up her new position on 1st April 2016.

Caroline will remain with the company in India to work on strategic initiatives across digital through 2016.

Headquartered in New York City Penguin Random House is the international home to nearly 250 publishing imprints, with operations in 20 countries across five continents, publishing 70,000 digital and 15,000 print titles annually and with more than 100,000 eBooks available worldwide. Penguin Random House in India is part of The Penguin Random House Group worldwide.

Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others wins the Encore Award for the Best Second Novel in the UK

the-lives-of-othersPenguin Random House India has announced that Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others has won the Encore Award for the Best Second Novel in the UK.

Alex Clark, Chair of the Encore Judges said: ‘We were immensely impressed by the ambition and depth of Neel Mukherjee’s second novel, in which a suburban house in 1960s Calcutta comes to reflect the political and social convulsions of an entire society. Ranging from the mass hunger of the Second World War to independence and the emergence of the Maoist Naxalbari movement, Mukherjee chronicles these extraordinary years in Indian history through the piercingly observed story of one family. As we read further into the story of the Ghoshes – their lives thrown into crisis by an absconding activist son – we became increasingly convinced of the book’s immense qualities and its ability to inform and provoke at the same time as it entertains. We are excited to see what Mukherjee will produce next, and hope very much that the Encore Award will encourage him in his writing life.’.

On being presented with his Award, Neel Mukherjee said: ‘The Encore Award is the coolest and the most original literary prize in town. It is a burst of light in what is usually considered to be dark, damp, bleak territory — the dreaded second novel. I’m thrilled by my good fortune and, looking at the list of past winners, both humbled and deeply honoured.’


India: Chiki Sarkar moves out of Penguin Random House India

Chiki-SarkarPenguin Random House India announced yesterday that Chiki Sarkar, Publisher, will be leaving the company to pursue new opportunities.

According to an official statement by India’s top publishing house, following Chiki’s departure on 23rd April, Penguin Random House’s editorial function will be managed by Meru Gokhale, editor-in-chief, literary, Milee Ashwarya, editor-in-chief for commercial and business and Udayan Mitra, Associate Publisher, who will report to Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO of Penguin Random House India.

Chiki has worked with Penguin Random House India (and its separate companies) since 2006. Her first role was as the Editor-in-Chief of the then newly-founded Random House India.  She then left to become Publisher of Penguin Books India in 2011 and has held the same role at Penguin Random House India since 2014, when the two companies merged.  Chiki has been responsible for acquiring and shaping the writing of some of South Asia’s finest authors, who have gone on to win recognition and prizes both locally and internationally.

“We are sorry to say goodbye to Chiki but respect her decision that it is time to try something new,” said Gaurav Shrinagesh. “Through her work at both the separate and then our combined company, she has helped mould Penguin Random House into the leading international publisher in the country.  She has an ability to spot fine writing and strong ideas and turn them into bestsellers and we wish her the very best for all future endeavours.”

He added: “I am confident that our reputation for discovering the region’s best new writing talent as well as building the careers of our established authors will continue to grow under Meru, Milee and Udayan, three of the most creative, innovative and respected publishers. Their experience and passion will ensure Penguin Random House continues to publish the finest literature, ideas and entertainment, helping our authors reach as many readers as possible.”

“I have had eight extraordinary years in Penguin Random House – eight years in which I have grown and acquired more ambition and confidence than I ever imagined. I want to thank everyone in the company and will always be a friend and support to them,’’ Chiki Sarkar said.


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