Penguin Books India http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/frontpage en PENGUIN INDIA’S STATEMENT ON ‘THE HINDUS’ BY WENDY DONIGER http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-india%E2%80%99s-statement-%E2%80%98-hindus%E2%80%99-wendy-doniger <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Penguin Books India believes, and has always believed, in every individual’s right to freedom of thought and expression, a right explicitly codified in the Indian Constitution. This commitment informs Penguin’s approach to publishing in every territory of the world, and we have never been shy about testing that commitment in court when appropriate. At the same time, a publishing company has the same obligation as any other organisation to respect the laws of the land in which it operates, however intolerant and restrictive those laws may be. We also have a moral responsibility to protect our employees against threats and harassment where we can.<br /> The settlement reached this week brings to a close a four year legal process in which Penguin has defended the publication of the Indian edition of The Hindus by Wendy Doniger. We have published, in succession, hardcover, paperback and e-book editions of the title. International editions of the book remain available physically and digitally to Indian readers who still wish to purchase it.<br /> We stand by our original decision to publish The Hindus, just as we stand by the decision to publish other books that we know may cause offence to some segments of our readership. We believe, however, that the Indian Penal Code, and in particular section 295A of that code, will make it increasingly difficult for any Indian publisher to uphold international standards of free expression without deliberately placing itself outside the law.<br /> This is, we believe, an issue of great significance not just for the protection of creative freedoms in India but also for the defence of fundamental human rights.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-post-date field-type-datetime field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2014-02-14T00:00:00+05:30">Friday, February 14, 2014</span></div></div></div> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:19:44 +0000 admin 4090 at http://penguinbooksindia.com http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-india%E2%80%99s-statement-%E2%80%98-hindus%E2%80%99-wendy-doniger#comments Penguin publishes Amartya Sen’s ‘A Wish a Day for A Week’ as a FREE eBook! http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-publishes-amartya-sen%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98-wish-day-week%E2%80%99-free-ebook <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="rtecenter"> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Penguin Books India is delighted to announce the publication of </strong></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:48px;"><em><strong>A Wish a Day for a Week</strong></em></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:28px;"><strong>By</strong></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:36px;">Amartya Sen</span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:20px;"><strong>As a FREE eBook</strong></span><br /> (Can be downloaded from all the leading online retailers including Google Play, Amazon, Flipkart and Kobo)</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="rtejustify"> <span style="font-size:12px;">In this sparkling, witty and impassioned essay &ndash; delivered as the <strong>keynote lecture</strong> at the <strong>Jaipur Literature Festival 2014</strong> &ndash; Amartya Sen meets the Goddess of Medium Things who promises him seven wishes, one for each day of the week. As he spars with the goddess who is often bemused by his demands, Sen writes of the seven changes he thinks India needs most, from improving the teaching of humanities to abolishing Article 377. Humorous in tone, yet deeply serious in intent, <em>A Wish a Day for a Week </em>is a marvellous essay and an important blueprint for India&rsquo;s development from one of our great thinkers.</span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>AMARYTA SEN&nbsp;</strong>is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Economics, at Harvard University. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1998&ndash;2004. His many books include</span>&nbsp;<span style="font-size:12px;"><em>Choice, Welfare and Measurement; On Economic Inequality; Development as Freedom; Rationality and Freedom; The Argumentative Indian; Identity and Violence; The Idea of Justice</em>; and <em>An Uncertain Glory</em>.</span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="rtecenter"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>For more information please contact: </strong></span><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Hemali Sodhi: </strong><a href="mailto:Hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com"><strong>Hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com</strong></a></span><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Vaarunya Bhalla: </strong><a href="mailto:Vaarunya.Bhalla@in.penguingroup.com"><strong>Vaarunya.Bhalla@in.penguingroup.com</strong></a></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-post-date field-type-datetime field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2014-01-27T00:00:00+05:30">Monday, January 27, 2014</span></div></div></div> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:50:31 +0000 admin 3997 at http://penguinbooksindia.com http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-publishes-amartya-sen%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98-wish-day-week%E2%80%99-free-ebook#comments Celebrating the 25th Edition of Pinki Virani’s ‘Bitter Chocolate’ http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/celebrating-25th-edition-pinki-virani%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98bitter-chocolate%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="rtecenter"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>Penguin Books India</strong><br /> is pleased to announce that</span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>Bitter Chocolate</strong><br /> <strong>Child Sexual Abuse in India</strong></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> by <span style="font-size:20px;"><strong>Pinki Virani</strong></span><br /> n<span style="font-size:12px;">ow joins the league of select non-fiction books by Indian Authors to be<br /> released in&nbsp;<span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>25</strong> </span>successive editions</span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <p><span style="font-size:12px;">A book that challenges our notions of family honour and morality marks a non-fiction publishing milestone in India. Shattering the&nbsp;conspiracy of silence around Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in Indian homes, the&nbsp;path-breaking &#39;Bitter Chocolate&#39; is&nbsp;the first book of its kind in India and its&nbsp;subcontinent. The book&nbsp;gives the&nbsp;sexually abused child a powerful voice. It is the only book till date to research and cover middle and upper-class families, as also both, girls and hitherto un-researched boy-children.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The fresh release of this 25th edition has especially updated contents&nbsp;and a new cover. A special chapter addresses adults who have never before disclosed their sexual abuse as children and outlines an &quot;exit cycle&quot; on how to conquer by going beyond being victims and&nbsp;survivors.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &#39;Bitter Chocolate&#39;&nbsp;researched and revealed the shocking statistics of child sexual abuse - one in every four boys&nbsp;and one in three girls below the age of 18; 50 percent of whose abusers are adults in position of their trust including at home. In turning such a distinctly intense spotlight, &#39;Bitter Chocolate&#39; succeeded in&nbsp;effectively&nbsp;generating&nbsp;the use of this subject on tv news &amp; talk shows, drama-plays and feature films to highlight the evil.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;The book has earned its best-selling author Pinki Virani international plaudit for being the first in the Indian subcontinent to courageously speak up as a victim of incest and rape. She has been presented with a National Award by the Government of India.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Accessible yet comprehensive, Bitter Chocolate is written for the young parent and guardian, principal and teacher, judge and police, lawyer and public prosecutor, teenager and tomorrow&#39;s citizen.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This &quot;silver jubilee&quot; edition is being marked with a re-release in both, the Indian and international markets&mdash;the latter as an e-book<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>About the author:</strong><br /> Born on January 30, 1959, in a Dongri-chawl (ghetto-ised area in one of south Bombay&rsquo;s seven original islands), Pinki Virani began working as a typist at the age&nbsp; of 18. Working her way in journalism from reporter to editor, she is now an Author with four best-selling books -- &#39;Aruna&#39;s Story&#39;, &#39;Once Was Bombay&#39;, &#39;Bitter Chocolate&#39;, &#39;Deaf Heaven&#39; --&nbsp;&nbsp;a body of work which gives voice to individuals who have none.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Her sustained crusading since 2000 has assisted&nbsp;in India&rsquo;s Parliament passing a Law against sexual abuse of children [The Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act, POCSO&nbsp;2012].<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Law includes four of her suggestions to the Standing Committee, it also encompasses several suggestions from her book <strong><em>&lsquo;Bitter Chocolate: Child Sexual Abuse in India&rsquo;</em></strong>. The book has also been quoted by the Madras High Court.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In March 2011, the Supreme Court of India, passed a historic judgement permitting Passive Euthanasia in the country. This followed Pinki Virani&rsquo;s plea to the highest court in December 2009.&nbsp;She is counted as among the first nationally, and internationally, successful Author-Activists from the city of Bombay (Mumbaii) and Maharashtra state.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>For more information, please write to Aman Arora at </strong><a href="mailto:aman.arora@in.penguingroup.com"><strong>aman.arora@in.penguingroup.com</strong></a></span></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-post-date field-type-datetime field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2013-10-31T00:00:00+05:30">Thursday, October 31, 2013</span></div></div></div> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:28:40 +0000 admin 3850 at http://penguinbooksindia.com http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/celebrating-25th-edition-pinki-virani%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98bitter-chocolate%E2%80%99#comments Penguin Random House acquires full ownership of Penguin India http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-random-house-acquires-full-ownership-penguin-india <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="rtecenter"> <p> <img src="http://penguinbooksindia.com/sites/default/files/penguin.JPG" /></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="rtecenter"> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE ACQUIRES</strong> <strong>FULL OWNERSHIP OF </strong><br /> <strong>PENGUIN BOOKS INDIA</strong></span></div> <p>&nbsp;<br /> (October 3, 2013, Delhi, India)&mdash;Penguin Random House today announced the completion of its purchase of Ananda Publishers Private Limited&rsquo;s minority stake in Penguin Books India.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Penguin India was formed in 1985, with UK-based publishing house, Penguin Publishing Company, holding a 40 per cent stake, which it later increased to 55 per cent. Penguin Random House has now acquired the remaining 45 per cent, and takes 100 per cent ownership of the Penguin India.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> John Makinson, Chairman of Penguin Random House India, said, <em>&ldquo;</em><em>The partnership between </em><em>Ananda Publishers Private Limited</em><em> and Penguin in India stretches back more than 25 years and has created a local publishing company that leads the market in both size and reputation. My friendship with Arup and Aveek Sarkar has been one of the highlights of my Penguin career but there is always a right moment to move on professionally, and the watershed merger of Penguin and Random House provides it. The two wholly-owned companies are now combined under the leadership of their CEO, Gaurav Shrinagesh, who will be able to build on the legacy of these two fine India publishing houses.&rdquo;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Gaurav Shrinagesh, CEO Penguin Random House India, observed, &ldquo;<em>The merger of Penguin and Random House has brought together India&rsquo;s two most successful publishing houses, and we are delighted that with the completion of this deal, they now are fully united as Penguin Random House India. Under the partnership with </em><em>Ananda Publishers Private Limited</em><em>, Penguin became one of the most recognizable and respected publishers in India. We are now looking forward to building on this foundation with our talented authors and colleagues from across the whole of Penguin Random House India.&rdquo;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> With offices in Noida and Panchsheel Park, Delhi Penguin Random House India publishes many of the most recognisable and successful authors across the sub-continent in adult and children&rsquo;s fiction and nonfiction published in hardcover, paperback, audio, and digital editions.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> About Penguin Random House<br /> Penguin Random House (<a href="http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/">http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/</a>) is the world&rsquo;s first truly global trade book publisher.&nbsp; It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively.&nbsp; Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children&rsquo;s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand,&nbsp;and&nbsp;India, Penguin&rsquo;s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House&rsquo;s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000&nbsp;people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world&rsquo;s most widely read authors.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-image field-type-image field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Upload Image:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://penguinbooksindia.com/sites/default/files/penguin.JPG" width="167" height="83" alt="" /></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-post-date field-type-datetime field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2013-10-03T00:00:00+05:30">Thursday, October 3, 2013</span></div></div></div> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:12:32 +0000 admin 3203 at http://penguinbooksindia.com http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-random-house-acquires-full-ownership-penguin-india#comments Penguin India launches ‘Gandhi Before India’ by Ramachandra Guha http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-india-launches-%E2%80%98gandhi-india%E2%80%99-ramachandra-guha <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="rtecenter"> <p> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong><em><span style="font-size:20px;">Penguin Books India</span></em></strong></span><br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><em>is delighted to announce </em><br /> <em>the launch of </em><br /> <em>one of the most anticipated books of the year</em></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:20px;"><strong><em>Gandhi Before India</em></strong></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><em>by</em></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Ramachandra Guha</strong></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:16px;">The most ambitious and insightful work on Gandhi in decades, <em>Gandhi Before India</em> will become the definitive work on the early, formative years of the man who would go on to become the Father of the Nation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> An international lead title for 2013, <em>Gandhi Before India</em> will be published in India on 1 October 2013 under Penguin&rsquo;s prestigious Allen Lane imprint.</span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><em>In 1893, when Mohandas Gandhi set sail for South Africa, he was a 23-year-old briefless lawyer who had failed to establish himself in India. </em><br /> <em>The two decades that he spent in South Africa were to be the making of the Mahatma. </em><br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>About the Book </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> In this remarkable biography, Ramachandra Guha argues that Gandhi&rsquo;s ideas were fundamentally shaped before his return to India in 1915. It was during his years in England and South Africa that he came to understand the nature of imperialism and racism; and it was in South Africa that he forged the philosophy and techniques that would undermine and ultimately destroy the British Empire.&nbsp;</p> <p>Based on a wealth of new material, and archival research in four continents, <em>Gandhi Before India</em> presents a vivid portrait of Gandhi and the world he lived in, a world of sharp contrasts between the coastal culture of Gujarat, High Victorian London, and colonial South Africa.<br /> It explores in rich detail his experiments with dissident cults such as Tolstoyans and vegetarians; his friendships with radical Jews, heterodox Christians, and devout Muslims; &nbsp;his enmities and rivalries; and his failures as a husband and father.<br /> It tells the dramatic, profoundly moving story of how he inspired the devotion of thousands of followers as he mobilized a cross-class and inter-religious coalition, pledged to non-violence in their battle against a brutally racist regime.</p> <p><strong>This deeply researched and beautifully written book will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of India&rsquo;s greatest man</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>About the Author </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ramachandra Guha was raised in Dehradun and educated in Delhi and Kolkata.<br /> Now based in Bangalore, he has previously taught at <strong>Yale, Stanford, Oslo</strong>, and the <strong>London School of Economics</strong>.<br /> He has pioneered three distinct fields of historical inquiry: environmental history (as in The Unquiet Woods, 1989), the social history of sport (A Corner of a Foreign Field, 2002), and contemporary history (India After Gandhi, 2007). His most recent book is a collection of essays, Patriots and Partisans, published by Penguin in 2012.<br /> His other books include Savaging the Civilized: Verrier Elwin, His Tribals, and India (1999), soon to appear in a new edition from Penguin.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Guha&rsquo;s awards include the <strong>Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society of Environmental History</strong>, the <strong>Sahitya Akademi Award</strong>, and the <strong>Padma Bhushan</strong>.<br /> His books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. In 2008, and again in 2013, Guha featured on Prospect Magazines list of the world&rsquo;s most influential thinkers.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Praise for Ramachandra Guha</strong><br /> <em>Perhaps the best among India&rsquo;s non-fiction writers-<strong>The New York Times</strong></em><br /> <em>One of the world&rsquo;s greatest minds- <strong>Independent&nbsp;</strong></em><br /> <em>That rarest of species, a genuinely independent-minded Indian intellectual-<strong>Times of India</strong></em><br /> <em>Indian democracy&rsquo;s pre-eminent chronicler-<strong>Time</strong></em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>For more information, please contact </em><a href="mailto:Hemali.Sodhi@in.penguingroup.com"><em>Hemali.Sodhi@in.penguingroup.com</em></a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-post-date field-type-datetime field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2013-10-03T00:00:00+05:30">Thursday, October 3, 2013</span></div></div></div> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:03:14 +0000 admin 3202 at http://penguinbooksindia.com http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-india-launches-%E2%80%98gandhi-india%E2%80%99-ramachandra-guha#comments Just Published: ‘My Yummy Mummy Guide’ by Karisma Kapoor http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/just-published-%E2%80%98my-yummy-mummy-guide%E2%80%99-karisma-kapoor <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="rtecenter"> <span style="font-size:14px;">Penguin Books India, under its coveted imprint <strong>Shobhaa D&eacute; Books</strong> is proud to<br /> present<br /> actress <strong>Karisma Kapoor</strong>&rsquo;s book on motherhood</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:20px;"><strong><em>My Yummy Mummy Guide: From Getting Pregnant<br /> to Being a Successful Mom and Beyond</em></strong></span></div> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">It&rsquo;s the ultimate go-to guide for motherhood, loaded with tips and tricks for dealing with everything&mdash;from health, fitness, beauty and fashion to caring for a newborn, disciplining your kid, managing work, and dealing with school and nannies.</span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Read more about the book below:</strong></p> <p>Karisma Kapoor has played many roles&mdash;from successful actor to businesswoman&mdash;but her favourite is being mother to her two beautiful children, Samaira and Kiaan. In <em>My Yummy Mummy Guide</em>, she shares with you all her experiences from managing her pregnancy to losing all the weight afterwards to disciplining her kids.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is great advice on finding the perfect maternity outfits, decorating your children&rsquo;s rooms, juggling work life and motherhood, and planning the most stylish kiddie parties.</p> <p>From the first trimester to school&rsquo;s first semester, from growing-up issues to teen fads, <em>My Yummy Mummy Guide</em> is the most fun-filled best friend any mother could have.</span></p> <ul style="margin-left:30px; margin-top:15px;margin-bottom:15px;"> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;">How to be glam at 40 weeks</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;">Finding that perfect nanny</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;">Managing me time</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;">Losing 24 kg in 9 months</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-size:14px;">Karisma Kapoor has been one of the top actors of the Indian film industry, with award-winning performances in films like <em>Zubeidaa</em>, <em>Raja Hindustani</em>, <em>Dil To Pagal Hai </em>and <em>Biwi No. 1</em>. She lives in Mumbai with her two children.</p> <p><strong>About Shobhaa D&eacute; Books:</strong></p> <p>Shobhaa D&eacute; Books is a pioneering imprint for fashion, glitterati, lifestyle and commercial fiction. A special imprint created by Penguin India&rsquo;s most-loved and highest-selling author, Shobhaa D&eacute; Books is the first of its kind in Indian publishing.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>About Penguin Books India:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Penguin Books India is the largest English language trade publisher in the subcontinent. Founded in 1985, Penguin India began publishing in October 1987 with six books. Celebrating its twenty-fifth year in 2012, the company now publishes more than 250 new titles every year and has an active backlist of over 3000 titles. Known for its strong fiction and narrative non-fiction list, Penguin India publishes across virtually every segment including biography, travel, business, politics, history, religion and philosophy, lifestyle, cookery, health and fitness, sports and leisure, visual books and children&rsquo;s books.<br /> &nbsp;</span></p> <div class="rtecenter"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>For more information please write to Aman Arora at </strong><br /> <a href="mailto:aman.arora@in.penguingroup.com" target="_blank"><strong>aman.arora@in.penguingroup.com</strong></a></span></div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-post-date field-type-datetime field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2013-09-23T00:00:00+05:30">Monday, September 23, 2013</span></div></div></div> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:17:45 +0000 admin 3183 at http://penguinbooksindia.com http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/just-published-%E2%80%98my-yummy-mummy-guide%E2%80%99-karisma-kapoor#comments Announcing the publication of ‘An Uncertain Glory’ by Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/announcing-publication-%E2%80%98-uncertain-glory%E2%80%99-jean-dr%C3%A8ze-and-amartya-sen <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="rtecenter" style=""> <br /> <span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Penguin Books India is delighted to announce the publication of </strong></span></div> <p>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div class="rtecenter" style=""> <span style="font-size:45px;"><strong><em>An Uncertain Glory</em></strong></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rtecenter" style=""> <span style="font-size:30px;"><strong>India and its Contradictions</strong></span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="rtecenter" style=""> <span style="font-size:20px;"><strong>By</strong></span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="rtecenter" style=""> <span style="font-size:38px;"><strong>Jean Dr&egrave;ze and Amartya Sen</strong></span></div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div class="rtecenter" style=""> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>(Releasing in July 2013/ Allen Lane/ Rs 699)</strong></span></div> <p>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <div style="line-height:18px;"> This important new book, by two of India&rsquo;s leading economists, presents a far-reaching analysis of the condition of contemporary India, together with a wealth of illuminating data. The authors take note of India&rsquo;s great achievements since independence, including the successful maintenance of the world&rsquo;s largest democracy, and yet argue that the country&rsquo;s development strategy remains fundamentally flawed. In particular, it overlooks the central role of human capabilities - both as an end in themselves and as a means of further progress.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-left:20px;"> <li style="padding:5px;"> Underlying this lop-sidedness is the blinkered nature of mainstream public discourse in India, which tends to focus on the lives of the privileged, and produces a distorted picture of how the country is doing. The authors discuss many examples of these biases and contradictions, including:</li> <li style="padding:5px;"> During the last twenty years or so, the Indian economy has been one of the fastest-growing in the world, yet real wages have virtually stagnated. But this has not attracted serious attention in policy circles. In contrast, real wages have been rising at about 7 per cent per year in China.</li> <li style="padding:5px;"> After twenty years of fast economic growth, India&rsquo;s per-capita GDP is twice as high as that of Bangladesh, but Bangladesh has forged ahead in terms of a wide range of social indicators. For example, India&rsquo;s life expectancy is at least three years lower and its rate of child mortality nearly 25% higher.</li> <li style="padding:5px;"> The country rightly takes pride in its scientific and literary achievements. But nearly half of India&rsquo;s classrooms are idle on an average day, and less than half of Indian pupils can divide 20 by 5 after four years of schooling.</li> <li style="padding:5px;"> India is the largest producer of generic drugs in the world,&nbsp;and is able to&nbsp;produce them&nbsp;very cheaply, but the bulk of the population suffers under a primitive, unregulated health care system with woefully underdeveloped public health provision.</li> <li style="padding:5px;"> Massively biased subsidy structures are perpetuated by powerful lobbies. For instance, as much as 2% of India&rsquo;s total GDP is spent on power subsidies for the relatively privileged, even as one third of Indian households have no electricity connection at all.&nbsp;</li> <li style="padding:5px;"> Indians buy more newspapers than any other nation in the world, and India has a thriving media sector, with greater transparency of information than most other countries. Yet huge social problems remain hidden or unaddressed. For instance, sanitation has never been a live policy issue in India even though approximately half of the population are forced to practise open defecation (because their homes lack toilets), compared with about 10 per cent in Bangladesh and one per cent in China.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;<br /> The book concludes with a strong case for the possibility of change through democratic practice. The reorientation of democratic dialogue, however, requires a clearer understanding of the vast deprivations and inequalities that blight Indian society today. This book is a strong attempt to close this gap.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>JEAN DR&Egrave;ZE </strong>has lived in India since 1979 and became an Indian citizen in 2002. He has taught at the London School of Economics and the Delhi School of Economics, and is now Visiting Professor at Allahabad University. He is co-author (with Amartya Sen) of <em>Hunger and Public Action</em> and <em>India: Development and Participation</em>, and one of the co-authors of the <em>Public Report on Basic Education in India</em>.</p> <p><strong>AMARYTA SEN </strong>is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Economics, at Harvard University. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1998-2004. His many books include <em>Choice, Welfare and Measurement, On Economic Inequality, Development as Freedom, Rationality and Freedom, The Argumentative Indian, Identity and Violence</em> and <em>The Idea of Justice</em>.<br /> &nbsp; </div> <div class="rtecenter" style=""> <strong>For more information please contact: </strong><br /> <strong>Amrita Talwar: </strong><a href="mailto:amrita.talwar@in.penguingroup.com"><strong>amrita.talwar@in.penguingroup.com</strong></a><br /> <strong>Hemali Sodhi </strong><a href="mailto:Hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com"><strong>Hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com</strong></a></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-post-date field-type-datetime field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2013-07-09T00:00:00+05:30">Tuesday, July 9, 2013</span></div></div></div> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:03:34 +0000 admin 3078 at http://penguinbooksindia.com http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/announcing-publication-%E2%80%98-uncertain-glory%E2%80%99-jean-dr%C3%A8ze-and-amartya-sen#comments Penguin Books India launches e-Singles! http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-books-india-launches-e-singles <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="rtecenter" style=""> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You don&rsquo;t always need an 8-course meal</strong></span></div> <div class="rtecenter" style=""> <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>(sometimes, all you need is a byte)</strong></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rtecenter" style=""> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Penguin Books is delighted to announce the launch of e-singles in India</strong></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Almost 80 years ago, our founder Allen Lane set up Penguin Books with the dream of providing high quality, affordable reading material to the masses. Today, we are taking another bold and innovative step into a direction that will ensure that our readers, so often short of time, will never be short of reading material that enriches and entertains them.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Penguin India is delighted to announce the launch of our path-breaking and innovative e-singles catalogue for our readers. Penguin e-singles are our endeavour to bring excellent short pieces of literature to an audience with an ever increasing predilection to spend time on their personal digital devices.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> e-singles are Penguin&rsquo;s short, digital-only reads meant for people who, while sometimes short on time, are fond of reading and would like to catch up with their favourite authors in convenient, byte-sized stories which can be easily completed in the course of a daily commute or in a lunch-hour.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> We will begin by providing 47 much loved e-singles and continue to expand our catalogue to include poetry, short non-fiction, plays and of course, more fiction so that our readers can read on the go, get the best of Penguin in a format that is both affordable and super-convenient. Bite sized electronic content. For less than the cost of a coffee.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Availability: These e-singles titles would be available for purchase through Flipkart and Google Books at Rs. 25/- per story.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For more information, please feel free to write to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:vaarunya.bhalla@in.penguingroup.com">vaarunya.bhalla@in.penguingroup.com</a></div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-post-date field-type-datetime field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2013-06-19T00:00:00+05:30">Wednesday, June 19, 2013</span></div></div></div> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:05:15 +0000 admin 3049 at http://penguinbooksindia.com http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-books-india-launches-e-singles#comments Penguin Books India launches Partridge, a new self-publishing imprint, in partnership with Author Solutions http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-books-india-launches-partridge-new-self-publishing-imprint-partnership-author <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Media Contact:<br /> Ms. Hemali Sodhi<br /> Penguin Books India<br /> 011-24613 1415<br /> <a href="mailto:hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com">hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Penguin Books India launches Partridge, a new self-publishing imprint, in partnership with Author Solutions </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>Partridge will provide exciting new opportunities for Indian authors to get published and discovered, both in India and around the globe.</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>NEW DELHI &ndash; </strong><strong>07 February, 2013: </strong>Penguin Books India has announced the introduction of Partridge, a new self-publishing imprint launched in partnership with Author Solutions, Inc., the world&rsquo;s leading publishing services company. Author Solutions, which is based in Bloomington, Indiana, was acquired by Penguin in July 2012. Partridge in India marks the first imprint brought to market in collaboration with Penguin since the acquisition.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As the leader in the self-publishing industry, Author Solutions has helped more than 170,000 authors publish more than 200,000 books around the globe. Through Partridge, Indian authors will now have access to the widest range of professional editorial, publishing and marketing services that enable them to get their books published and distributed in both digital and print formats.<br /> Aspiring authors can chose from a range of publishing packages that include services such as:</p> <ul> <li> Editing</li> <li> Design and illustration</li> <li> E-book formatting and distribution on all e-readers</li> <li> Print formatting and distribution through online retailers</li> <li> Publicity and marketing</li> <li> Video</li> </ul> <p>Andrew Phillips, President and CEO of Penguin Books India said: &ldquo;Since Author Solutions joined the Penguin family, we&rsquo;ve been focused on their international expansion and India is an obvious starting point, given the active and enthusiastic writing community. We are delighted to be working with them to offer high quality services priced appropriately for the Indian market.&rdquo; Phillips added: &ldquo;In addition, Penguin will be monitoring Partridge titles with hopes of picking up authors for the Penguin list. I have no doubt that Partridge will be a huge success.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Kevin Weiss, President and CEO of Author Solutions Inc. added, &ldquo;We have been watching this market for some time and see more and more authors looking for publishing and marketing services that meet industry standards but are affordably priced.&nbsp; With Partridge, authors in India now have the opportunity to achieve their publishing goals and build their platform both domestically and abroad. It is truly the best time in history to be an author.&rdquo;<br /> To learn more about self-publishing services available from Partridge, visit <a href="http://www.partridegepublishing.com/india">www.partridegepublishing.com/india</a><br /> <strong><u>About Partridge</u></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Partridge is a new self publishing imprint launched by Penguin Books India in partnership with Author Solutions, Inc, the world&rsquo;s leading self-publishing services company. Through this imprint, Indian authors now have access to the widest range of professional publishing and marketing services that meet the best publishing industry standards, but are appropriately priced for the Indian market. Penguin Books India will be watching key Partridge titles with hopes of picking up authors for the Penguin list.<br /> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.partridgepublishing.com/india">www.partridgepublishing.com/india</a> and follow @partridgepublishing on Twitter for the latest news.<br /> <strong><u>About Penguin Books India</u></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Penguin Books India is the largest English language trade publisher in the subcontinent. Founded in 1985, Penguin India began publishing in October 1987 with six books and celebrated its twenty-fifth year in 2012. The company now publishes more than 250 new titles every year and has an active backlist of over 3000 titles. Known for its strong fiction and narrative non-fiction list, Penguin India publishes across virtually every segment including biography, travel,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/about-us" title="Click to Continue &gt; by Browse to Save">business</a>, politics, history, religion and philosophy, lifestyle, cookery, health and fitness, sports and leisure, visual books and children&rsquo;s books.<br /> Apart from English, Penguin India also publishes in Hindi, and its books are available in several Indian languages through partnerships with several language publishers. Penguin India is also the exclusive distributor partner in the region for books published by several international leading publishing houses.<br /> Penguin India&rsquo;s author list reads like a who&rsquo;s who of Indian writing and its authors have won virtually every major literary prize, including the Man Booker, the Nobel Prize, the Magsaysay Award, the Jnanpith Award, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Commonwealth Writers&rsquo; Prize; several of Penguin&rsquo;s authors are also recipients of the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, India&rsquo;s highest civilian honours.<br /> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.penguinbooksindia.com">www.penguinbooksindia.com</a> and follow @PenguinIndia on Twitter for the latest news<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><u>About Author Solutions, Inc.</u></strong></p> <p> Author Solutions, Inc., (ASI), a member of the Penguin Group,&nbsp; is a world leader in indie book publishing. ASI&rsquo;s leading self-publishing imprints &mdash; AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, iUniverse, Palibrio, Trafford Publishing and Xlibris &mdash; have helped more than 160,000 authors self-publish, promote and bring to market more than 200,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, ASI is making it possible to develop new literary talent efficiently and providing authors with a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., ASI&rsquo;s global reach includes imprints developed specifically for authors in India, Australia, Singapore, Spain, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.authorsolutions.com/" title="Author Solutions">www.authorsolutions.com</a>&nbsp;and follow @authorsolutions on Twitter for the latest news.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>For an interview with Andrew Phillips (Penguin India), please contact Hemali Sodhi at 011 46131409/ <a href="mailto:hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com">hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com</a> </strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-post-date field-type-datetime field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2013-02-07T00:00:00+05:30">Thursday, February 7, 2013</span></div></div></div> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:58:43 +0000 admin 2834 at http://penguinbooksindia.com http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-books-india-launches-partridge-new-self-publishing-imprint-partnership-author#comments Penguin Annual Lecture 2012 with APJ Abdul Kalam http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-annual-lecture-2012-apj-abdul-kalam <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div> <strong>4<sup>th</sup> December 2012</strong></div> <div class="rtecenter"> <strong>Penguin Books India</p> <p> is delighted to announce</strong></p> <p> <strong>The <span style="color:#ffa500;">Penguin Annual</span> Lecture 2012</strong></p> <p> <strong><em>Beyond 2020</em></strong></p> <p> by</p> <p> <strong>A.P.J. Abdul Kalam</strong></p> <p> <strong>at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi</p> <p> on 18 December 2012 at 7.00 p.m.</strong></div> <p>On its <strong>25<sup>th</sup> anniversary</strong> Penguin India is proud to announce the <strong>sixth Penguin Annual Lecture</strong> to be delivered by the country&#39;s highly respected &nbsp;visionary&mdash;former President of India, Bharat Ratna awardee and bestselling author &mdash;Dr <strong>A.P.J. Abdul Kalam</strong>. The lecture is titled <strong>&#39;Beyond 2020&#39;</strong> and will concentrate on achieving sustainable development, vital to the future of the nation.</p> <p>One of the most prestigious cultural events of the year, <strong>The Penguin Annual Lecture</strong> series features some of the world&#39;s most respected leaders, thinkers and writers, and builds on Penguin India&#39;s commitment to bring the finest minds in the world in direct contact with Indian audiences. It is the first annual lecture to be organized by a publishing house in India and has become one of the most prestigious cultural events on the calendar. The five previous Penguin Annual Lectures have been delivered by journalist and writer Thomas Friedman in 2007, diplomat and writer Chris Patten in 2008, Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen in 2009, eminent historian Ramachandra Guha in 2010 and renowned spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2011.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam:</strong><br /> Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, b. 15 October 1931, is one of India&#39;s most distinguished scientists. He was responsible for the development of India&#39;s first satellite launch vehicle, the SLV-3, the development and operationalization of strategic missiles and their weaponization, and building indigenous capability in critical technologies including nuclear power. Dr Kalam held various positions in ISRO and DRDO and became Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India holding the rank of a cabinet minister. He has the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from forty-four universities and the country&#39;s three highest civilian honours, the Padma Bhushan (1981), the Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the Bharat Ratna (1997). He served as the eleventh President of India from 2002 to 2007.</p> <p>Dr Kalam&#39;s focus now is on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020, with an economically developed, prosperous and peaceful society. Over the last decade, he has addressed over 15 million youngsters, inspiring them to become active participants in India Vision 2020. He is the bestselling author of a number of books, including <em>India 2020, Ignited Minds, Mission India, The Scientific Indian and Target 3 Billion</em>, all of which are published by Penguin.</p> <p><strong>For more information please contact:</strong></p> <p><strong>Hemali Sodhi</strong> at 011 26494401 or at <a href="mailto:hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com">hemali.sodhi@in.penguingroup.com</a>.<br /> <strong>Aman Arora</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; at&nbsp;&nbsp; 011 26494497 or at <a href="mailto:aman.arora@in.penguingroup.com">aman.arora@in.penguingroup.com</a>.<br /> <strong>Amrita Talwar</strong> at 011 26494494 or at <a href="mailto:amrita.talwar@in.penguingroup.com">amrita.talwar@in.penguingroup.com</a>.<br /> <strong>SmritiKhanna</strong> at 011 26494410 or at <a href="mailto:smriti.khanna@in.penguingroup.com">smriti.khanna@in.penguingroup.com</a>.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-in-news-post-date field-type-datetime field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Post Date:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2012-12-05T00:00:00+05:30">Wednesday, December 5, 2012</span></div></div></div> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:55:47 +0000 admin 2783 at http://penguinbooksindia.com http://penguinbooksindia.com/en/content/penguin-annual-lecture-2012-apj-abdul-kalam#comments