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26 May 2020, 19:35 HRS IST
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    • Bookworm
  • Action-packed year for books
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  • According to Abraham, there were some disappointments too. “New children’s series ‘Deep Blue’ sold below expectations, as did one of the funniest risque books written in ‘India Gone with the Vindaloo’. Indian crime fiction seems unable to break out despite there being some great books like ‘Lethal Spice’,” he says.

    For Westland Ltd., 2014 was a “good if not exceptional year” says Westland CEO Gautam Padmanabhan, “We had our fair share of bestsellers including Rashmi Bansal’s ‘Take Me Home’, Rujuta Diwekar’s ‘Don’t Lose Out Work’, Devdutt Pattanaik’s ‘7 Secrets of The Goddess’, Christopher C Doyle’s ‘The Mahabharat Quest: The Alexander Secret’, Ashwin Sanghi’s first non-fiction ‘13 Secrets of Bloody Good Luck’, and Preeti Shenoy’s ‘It Happens for a Reason’.

    “Anees Salim’s ‘The Blind Lady’s Descendants’ and Baradwaj Rangan’s ‘Dispatches From The Wall Corner’ were the highlights of our literary imprint Tranquebar. It was also a year of evolving a new strategy for the rapidly changing market, the results of which we hope will bear fruit in 2015.”

    Relatively small publishing houses did reasonably good business says Bhaskar Roy, CEO of Palimpsest Publishing House based in New Delhi, “We began the year with a bang. Dr Karan Singh’s ‘Meetings with Remarkable Women’, launched on February 1, dominated the publishing scene all through the year. Noted Malayalam writer Sethu’s short-story collection, ‘A Guest for Arundhathi’, too has been well received by the market.”

    For Niyogi Books, 2014 was a mix of success and failure. “Success in that we have been awarded for our several titles and there was an improvement in sales figures (approx. 15%) but the collection and readership were negative, adding to it, certain government institutions preferring regional language publishers,” says Bikash D Niyogi, its publisher and MD.
    The DSC prize for South Asian literature went to Cyrus Mistry for his book “Chronicles of a Corpse Bearer”.

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