Rupa & Co.

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Rupa & Co.
Parent company Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd
Status Active
Founded 1936
Country of origin India
Headquarters location New Delhi
Official website

One of India’s largest book publishers and distributors, Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd. (formerly known as Rupa & Co.) began its phenomenal journey modestly, more than seventy-eight years ago, from College Street, Kolkata. As the company has grown, it has redefined the rules of Indian publishing, finding and promoting the most exciting talent in both fiction and non-fiction (the latter ranging from biographies, history and philosophy to sports, self-help and business).

In its seventy-eight years, Rupa has published the most outstanding talent, as well as some of the most promising young writers at work today. Market leaders in non-fiction and fiction (both mass market and literary), Rupa’s foray in children’s publishing is also noteworthy, with its children's imprint, Red Turtle, being launched in 2013 and publishing noteworthy names such as Gulzar, Ruskin Bond and Derek O'Brien. Across genres and lists, Rupa carries with it bestselling as well as thoughtful authors and writers: from APJ Abdul Kalam, Natwar Singh, Vinod Rai, Kingshuk Nag, Gulzar, Sunil Gavaskar to Chetan Bhagat, Varun Aggarwal, Sidin Vadukut to Suhel Seth, R Gopalakrishnan and Naina Lal Kidwai to the Ruskin Bond, Ranjit Lal and Roopa Pai.

The year 2014 has seen the launch of a series celebrating the writings of the great masters of Indian literature: Timeless Malgudi: The Very Best of R.K. Narayan, the first book to be published, was closely followed by a similar anthology featuring the works of Ruskin Bond. The end of 2014 will see the release of The Very Best of Abdul Kalam. Recently, Rupa has published new works by some of the finest fiction writers in the country—The Country is Going to the Dogs by Anurag Mathur, bestselling author of Inscrutable Americans, to Mumbaistan: Anti-Social Network by acclaimed film director Piyush Jha; Residue, the debut novel by Nitasha Kaul, shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, to Advantage Love and Scandalous Housewives: Mumbai by Madhuri Banerjee, acknowledged queen of romance fiction. Rupa has also published exciting work by a whole range of fresh talent—Anuja Chauhan has put together An Atlas of Love, a collection of short stories on romance featuring new writers; Vanishing Act and Other Stories is a powerful debut novel by Nepali writer Prawin Adhikari; and the Urban Shots series showcases vignettes of the lives of young people in contemporary India.

In non-fiction, Rupa's list comprises Gloria Steinem, writer, speaker and feminist icon; Shivraj V. Patil, former home and defence minister; Natwar Singh, former cabinet minister and outspoken politician; Sidin Vadukut, bestselling author of the Dork series; Ram Jethmalani, Rajya Sabha MP and eminent lawyer; S.Y. Quraishi, former chief election commissioner of India; Hasan Suroor, prominent journalist with The Hindu; and Minhaz Merchant, pioneering editor and publisher.

In Red Turtle, Rupa's children’s imprint, beautifully illustrated and designed books such as Babayan, by Kiku Adatto; The Tigers of Taboo Valley, by Ranjit Lal; and translations from Satyajit Ray entitled The Magic Moonlight Flower and Other Stories were published.

The publishing house has also brought back into print classics that have stood the test of time—from Hugh Allen’s The Lonely Tiger, to beautifully illustrated collector’s editions of Kipling’s Jungle Books as well as a series of short fiction by masters such as Chekhov, Maupassant and O. Henry, compiled by Terry O’Brien.

Rupa is a notable book distributor and importer as well, and has an unparalleled distribution network across the country. The publishing house will soon be launching its business imprint, Maven.[1]

In 2012, Kapish G. Mehra, current Managing Director of the company, launched 'Aleph Book Company' along with David Davidar, former CEO of Penguin-International and Ravi Singh, former CEO of Penguin-India.[2][3] Aleph has, since then, published several award-winning titles such as Jerry Pinto's Em and the Big Hoom, which won the Hindu Literary Prize, and Cyrus Mistry's Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer, which won the 2014 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.


  1. ^ "Rupa & Co.". Retrieved 2007-02-24. 
  2. ^ "Three publishing veterans push English fiction in India". Zee News. April 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ "We are aiming to make Aleph the premium publishing brand: David Davidar". CNN-IBN. April 11, 2012. 

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