• South Asia Research Center (SARC) Symposium/ Panel Discussion (All English)
April 14

South Asia Research Center (SARC) Symposium/ Panel Discussion (All English) 申し込み受付中

April 14th, 2021 6pm-8pm

Zoom (Online)

Theme: Meshing of the Gears: Aligning the Book Publishing Industry
April 14, 2021 (Wednesday)
18:00-20:00 JST
Please register by April 12, 2021 (Monday)

(The URL link for the online discussion will be sent a day before the event.)



Mukesh Williams

Professor & Advisor

South Asia Research Center



1. Prabhu Guptara, Publisher & Editor, Pippa Rann Books and Media
Prabhu Guptara has authored several books and his work appears frequently in the world’s media. He started Pippa Rann Books and Media in memory of his wife. (Pippa Rann Books and Media is an imprint of Salt Desert Media Group Limited.)
The imprint focuses entirely and exclusively on publishing and promoting material that nurtures the values of democracy, liberty, equality and fraternity among Indians – as well as among others who love India. Books from other publishers that nurture humane values in relation to India and Indians are also promoted by this imprint.
They publish:
a. Books and media by authors of Indian origin, on any subject that serves the purpose mentioned above – broadly interpreted
b. Books and media by authors of non-Indian origin, on any subject connected with India or with the Indian diaspora, which serves the purpose mentioned above – again, broadly interpreted.


2. Suhail Mathur, Publishing Agent, The Book Bakers
Suhail Mathur is an award winning and bestselling author of the historical-mythological fiction, THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS and the mythological-fantasy, THE HUNT FOR RAMA’S BOW, a TedX speaker, and is one of the India’s premier literary agents via his agency, THE BOOK BAKERS, through which he has worked on more than 700 books.
His name has also been listed as one of the ‘Top 51 Indian Writers To Follow’ by EBooks India and called ‘India’s JK Rowling’ by Enewsroom.com and ‘India’s Rick Riordan’ by ED Times.
He has sold several Book To Screen deals, worked with several actors, cricketers and bestselling authors apart from having written and worked on web series, TV shows and animated series. He is currently working in a leading General Entertainment Channel where he looks into new show development and the acquisition of international animation shows & movies, and Indian live action content.


3. Kanishka Gupta, Publishing Agent, Writer’s Side
Kanishka Gupta is a literary agent, writer and publishing commentator best known for his globally acclaimed series for Scroll.in called Publishing and the Pandemic. He is the founder of Writer's Side, the largest literary agency and consultancy in South Asia. His first novel was longlisted for the Asian Booker Prize in 2009 and was published by a major Indian press in 2010.

4. Moupia Basu, Author
“The Queen’s Last Salute” (2019) Juggernaut
Moupia Basu is an author and former journalist. Her books Khoka (published by The National Book Trust of India, is a collection of short stories for young adults set in the India of the 1940’s), The Queen’s Last Salute (the story of Jhansi’s queen Rani Lakshmibai and the Mutiny of 1857), and Anarkali and Salim – A retelling of Mughal-e-Azam (set in the period of Mughal emperor Akbar’s reign) span across three different periods of Indian history.

5. Somdatta Mandal, Author
“The Journey of a Bengali Woman to Japan and Other Essays” (2019) Jadavpur University Press
Dr. Somdatta Mandal is Retired Professor of English and Former Chairperson at the Department of English, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. She has held several administrative posts and has lectured widely in national and international fora. A recipient of several prestigious international fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Foundation, Charles Wallace Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and Sahitya Akademi, her areas of interest are American Literature, contemporary fiction, film and culture studies, Diaspora studies and translation. She has edited and co-edited 22 books, published three books, five volumes of translation, and above 90 research articles in national and international journals and anthologies. She also has over 110 book reviews to her credit.


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