Around A Corner
I know at least three people who claim they saw it coming. I wish I could say the same, but when Penguin India announced Chiki Sarkar as its new publisher, you could have knocked me down with the lightest of volumes in our mountain-high slush pile. Chiki is known in litcircles for several things—as Random House’s first editor-in-chief in India, a passionate promoter of debut authors she believes in, thrower of amazing house parties, and daughter of Penguin’s Indian owner, Aveek Sarkar. To her credit, the last is the least of her assets for the job. Most authors or publishers agree Chiki is what ageing Penguin India needs: fresh blood.