Rupa Publications celebrated eighty years in 2016, a landmark achievement in Indian publishing. It’s been a long journey but what has remained constant is our love for books and our endeavour in offering something for every reader, far or near, with our ever-expanding range of titles.
Over 95 per cent of the Rupa catalogue is converted into e-books and is available to readers across the world. Further, Rupa, in a special partnership with Amazon Kindle, is a ‘platinum customer’ and gets direct access to Amazon’s millions of customers and has a major stake in all the marketing and merchandising campaigns with premium visibility. This exclusive partnership ensures that all Rupa books are made available on Kindle Unlimited–Amazon’s subscription program which helps reach out to non-traditional book buyers.
Striving to publish the best of Indian talents, Rupa is poised at an inflection point where we bring to you an exciting and invigorating list across fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.
In the first half of 2017, we bring to you a non-fiction list that spans memoir, history, politics, business, parenting and films. We are proud to present the third volume of President Pranab Mukherjee’s autobiography which offers an acutely observed portrait of India from the 1990s to the present times. Chidambaram’s Fearless in Opposition: Power and Accountability which brings together a selection of his finest and most incisive essays written from the viewpoint of a vigilant Opposition; Shekhar Gupta’s Walk the Talk: Conversations with the Best Political Minds in collaboration with NDTV, which presents his interviews with the best and most interesting political minds; Yashwant Sinha and Vinay K. Srivastava’s review of the economic liberalization of India and the country’s economic policies in Beyond The Economic Reforms; Uma Prasad Thapliyal’s comprehensive work on the Military History of India; the birth and rise of Haryana captured in the memoirs of ex-Chief Secretary Ram Varma in The Three Lals of Haryana; Tim Bouquet’s The Man Behind the Wheel: How Onkar S. Kanwar Created a Global Giant chronicling the story of Onkar Singh Kanwar and the phenomenal success of Apollo Tyres; the saga of the Patanjali brand along with the life story of its founder Baba Ramdev told by Kaushik Deka in The Rise and Rise of Patanjali and Baba Ramdev; a tribute to India’s railway man E. Sreedharan by Rajendra B. Aklekar in a biography; the scintillating account of the rise and fall of India’s most dreaded forest brigand Veerappan by K. Vijay Kumar; Devendra Prabhudesai’s Hero: A Biography of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar which captures the story of the legend from his teenage days to his incredible world success; Sudipta Mitra’s Pearl by the River which narrates the last days of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah in his exile in Calcutta; Sagar S.J.B. Rana’s insider story of the Ranas of Nepal who were the de facto rulers of the country in Singha Durbar; Pravin Palande’s The Fundamentalists, which profiles the best and biggest fund managers in India; K. Vaitheeswaran’s personal account of the trials of India’s first e-commerce firm in Failing to Succeed; Bharat Joshi’s analysis of the promising and pessimistic possibilities that define the country in Navigating India; Divya Deswal’s attempt at demystifying life after pregnancy in Birthing without Distress.
In the space of fiction, India’s best-known storytellers continue to enchant us with their stories. We are proud to publish Ruskin Bond’s short collections, selected and edited by Mr Bond himself; Veerappa Moily’s epic poem on the most enchanting female character of the Mahabharata , in The Flaming Tresses of Draupadi; Yugal Joshi’s Women Warriors in Indian History retells the lives of ten women warriors who had laid out their all to protect their land; Henri Borel’s Wu Wei based on the philosophy of Lao-Tsu; Radha Viswanath’s Ravana-Leela which is an unique retelling of the Ramayana from the other side of the paradigm—Ravana’s family; and a Rimli Bhattacharya translation of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s Ichhamati and many more.
For our young readers, our children’s imprint Red Turtle continues to educate and entertain, with the Mighty Raju Series which teaches facts in a fun way through the eponymous cartoon character; Subhadra Sen Gupta’s Fun with Mythology Series; Nita Ganguly’s Hello Earth…Here We Come which encourages saving planet earth; Bijal Vachharajani’s So You Want to Know about the Environment and Roopa Pai’s So You Want to Know about Economics which present introductory concepts in a lucid and fun manner.
These are but some of the books from Rupa in the first half of 2017!
We hope we continue to make more people pick up a book, bring a smile for a story told, and maybe inspire a few to pen their stories.