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02.02.2015

“We want to publish a set of writers whose work we appreciate and enjoy reading, across genres.”

Ravi Singh’s idea is not the most original one, but if you’re a bibliophile like us (or if you’ve read Preparation For The Next Life, Atticus Lish’s new and amazing book, released by a small imprint run out a Manhattan studio apartment), you’ll want to know more about his new publishing house Speaking Tiger Books, which after years of working at Penguin and Aleph Book Company, he has co-founded with the former head of Cambridge University Press, Manas Saikia.

Also in the pipeline are releases by authors and well-known personalities like Jerry Pinto, Mahesh Bhatt, Omair Ahmad, Anubha Bhonsle and Harsh Mander.

Earning Their Stripes 

Speaking Tiger Books, whose name was inspired by the Tibetan monk Padmasambhava, will begin by launching Ruskin Bond’s A Book Of Simple Living this week. Also in the pipeline are releases by authors and well-known personalities like Jerry Pinto, Mahesh Bhatt, Omair Ahmad, Anubha Bhonsle and Harsh Mander.

“We are looking to put out an eclectic list starting with about 30 titles and then moving up to 80-100, all representative of the Indian English industry,” Ravi tells us, claiming that he and his business partner only pick manuscripts that can grip their imagination in the first twenty pages.

Growl Work

In a business where reading is a full-time job, we asked Singh to share with us a list of what he’s reading when he’s not working. Here is his getaway list:

Ants On The Melon, a short book of poems by Virginia Adair.
Prater Violet by Christopher Isherwood for the quality of his writing.
Arshia Sattar’s wonderful translation of the Ramayan.
Arundhathi Subramaniam’s When God Is A Traveller.

Time to buy that new bookshelf you’ve been thinking about. 

Getting there: Speaking Tiger Books will release its first book this week, see their website here.

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