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Chiki Sarkar, former publisher of Penguin India and editorin- chief of Random House India, has set up a publishing company, Juggernaut, with Durga Raghunath, CEO and co-founder, who launched Firstpost and was CEO, Web18. Sarkar, a WEF Young Global Leader, has worked with almost every major writer in the country, published some of the most exciting new talent in the last decade and created game-changing hits. Raghunath began her career in book publishing, going on to head digital operations for Mint and WSJ in India, then founding India's first exclusively digital newsroom, Firstpost, and leading Network 18's digital businesses. She was most recently SENIOR VP Growth, at Zomato.

Juggernaut will give authors both a digital and a physical platform, and will reimagine books for mobile at both ends of the spectrum – new ways of commissioning and rethinking the reading experience, book distribution and buy levitra from canada payments. Juggernaut will publish 50 titles each year, starting from April 2016. It will be distributed and warehoused by Hachette India. The digital programme, which forms a major focus at Juggernaut, will be announced shortly

From November 26-29, 2015, India Habitat Centre (IHC) will celebrate the 5th edition of its Indian Languages Festival – Samanvay 2015. The festival, which has over the years become a must-attend for the Capital’s Art & Culture aficionados, has expanded its scope to engage a wider range of audience by bringing into its panels, multilevel interpretations of the central theme, ‘Insider/Outsider: Writing India’s Dreams and Realities’. The languages that will be explored in detail at Samanvay 2015 are Tamil, Bangla, Marathi and Dogri.

The festival will open with the well known thinker, Prof Aijaz Ahmad talking about ‘The Languages of a Union’. The thesis that he will explore is that in India, political unity does not automatically give us, or requires of us, a literary or linguistic unity.

The deliberations at Samanvay 2015 will unfold with a session paying tributes to the late RK Laxman and his matchless legacy. Cartoonist Unny, Outlook chief editor Krishna Prasad, and cartoon researcher and writer, Christel Devadawson will together unravel the complex field of Indian cartooning while looking at Laxman’s unique contribution to shaping its sensibilities. This session on the opening evening will lead the discourse of ‘Insider/Outsider’ forward into the main festival sessions.

The central theme of Samanvay 2015, ‘Insider/ Outsider: Writing India’s Dreams and Realities’, evokes the liminality of the writer/creative artist/inventor in a given context. A creative act necessitates an individual to move out of a certain state of being, into an experimental space where she has to play out her ideas and desires into comprehensible forms. This transition makes every writer a liminal being, an insider/outsider.

Day 2 of Samanvay will focus on a thematic exploration of ‘Insider/Outsider’ in the contemporary socio-political and cultural context of India. Day 3 will feature sessions on the focal languages of Samanvay 2015, and Day 4 will attempt to expand the theme with the futuristic vision which the festival embodies.

RR Donnelley & Sons Company has announced that it intends to create three independent, publicly traded companies: first a business focused on financial communications and data services; second a business focused on publishing and retail-centric print services; and the third one business focused on customised multichannel communications management.

Thomas J Quinlan III, RR Donnelley’s president and chief executive officer, said, “Over the last decade, we have strengthened our business portfolio through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, developing new products and services, inventing fresh ways to serve customers, attracting additional talent and building information technology systems. We see a significant opportunity to unlock value by allowing these three businesses to pursue their own strategies and generic viagra rxmeds invest according to the unique dynamics of their respective industries. Each company will have the strategic focus, management resources and capital structure to enable it to strengthen its market position and pursue its growth opportunities, enhancing long-term value for stakeholders.”

Om Books International launched celebrity trainer and nutrition expert Marika Johansson’s book Healthy Kitchen. The book was unveiled by Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra at Crossword’s Kemp’s Corner outlet . Marika Johansson shared her views on how to have a body transformation through a healthy diet. She also interacted with the audience to answer health and exercising-related queries.

Healthy Kitchen presents 80 tasty and healthy recipes that can be rustled up with ingredients easily available in India. These have already transformed thousands. It also includes a 12-week exercise programme, with 45 exercises that serve as catalysts in the transformation.

Speaking on the occasion, Marika Johansson said, “This book has the perfect recipe for a happier and healthier ‘you’! Your body is your temple, so feed and nourish yourself healthy. Diet requires an 80% effort as your abs are made in the kitchen.” Ajay Mago, publisher, Om Books International, said, “Marika’s book addresses the crux of the matter—how to cope physically and emotionally with the challenges of our times where health has increasingly become a casualty. Good health starts in a healthy kitchen. Marika shows us how to combine sensible cooking with a great exercise regime to arrive at the most effective results.”

Delhi Book Store (DBS) is in rapid expansion mode. To serve clientele, distributors, libraries and others all over India, they have inducted dedicated senior executives at different locations. These publishing personnel with respective designations remain:

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East: (5D, Gopal Chandra Bose Lane, 3B, Disha Apartment, Kolkata-700050); Ajit De, regional manager-East (Mobile: +91 9831087661, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

West: (B/24, Nandadeep CHS, Khardev Nagar, Chembur, Mumbai); Shashank S Rane, regional manager-West (Mobile: +91(0) 9819849684, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

South: (Sanskruti Flat-K, Block -2, 2nd Floor No-27, Santhana, Lakshmi St . Rajeshwari Nagar, Selaiyur, Chennai-600073, Tamil Nadu); Binu Abraham, regional manager- South (Mobile: +91 9677036769, Email: binu.abraham@

DBS offers an exclusive list of titles from prestigious publishers of international repute with a collection of over 2,00,000 books displayed at their corporate office in New Delhi.