|IndiaInk: Making the best of Indian writing available in India and abroad|
IndiaInk grew out of an idea between friends: the idea of a shared genesis between book and publishing house. Of the possibility of people in vocations not directly related to publishing getting together, not driven by commercial logic alone, to produce a book of high quality. Of the unique opportunity to publish a book like The God of Small Things.
IndiaInk was set up in November 1996 by Sanjeev Saith, a professional photographer, and Tarun J. Tejpal, a literary journalist. Sanjeev turned to photography after an M.A in Economics at the Delhi School of Economics. His published work includes the photographs for A Journey Down the Ganga (1989, Lustre Press). His photographs are part of the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, as well as several private collections. Tarun Tejpal has worked with The Indian Express, The Telegraph and India Today, and is currently associate editor at Outlook, the weekly newsmagazine.
IndiaInk aims to establish a quality literary imprint, making the best of Indian writing available in India and abroad. It will print a few select titles every year, so that individual attention can be paid to the production and marketing of each book.
The key factors in the success of The God of Small Things, apart from the sheer quality of the writing, have been the high production values and a wide distribution network. IndiaInk tied up with the Export Division of Thomson's Press, one of the best printing presses in India, and India Book Distributors Limited, one of India's largest book distributors.
Tejpal and Saith
At the Book Launch!
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