25 September, 2020

Between The Lines

Chiki Sarkar quits Penguin; others follow

Between The Lines

Just the other day, Chiki Sarkar, publisher, Penguin Random House, and Caroline Newbury, VP marketing and publicity, were in Outlook offices, as they do once every three months, talking energetically about their summer catalogue. Sarkar was hard-selling A. Raja’s forthcoming book In My Defence and a book on the Aarushi case by Avirook Sen for an extract in the magazine. She was saying T.N. Ninan’s treatise on the Indian economy was the most authoritative ever and Coomi Kapoor’s Emergency tome had some hitherto untold nuggets. She talked about book after book, extolling each one’s uniqueness. Yet, just weeks later, Sarkar quit Penguin Random House. “It came as a shock to me,” says Newbury. “It was, of course, a personal decision and she hadn’t confided to anyone I know in office but nobody expected this.” Meru Gokhale, who moved base from Random House London to Delhi a few months ago along with her husband Patrick French, is the one who takes over.

But others in the company expected this. Soon after...



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