Zubaan Books

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Zubaan Books
Zubaan logo.jpg
Parent companyKali for Women
FounderUrvashi Butalia
Country of origin India
DistributionPenguin Random House India (India trade)
Cambridge University Press (India academic)
University of Chicago Press (international print)
Diversion Books (international e-books)[1]
Nonfiction topicsMany
Fiction genresMany
Official websitewww.zubaanbooks.com

Zubaan Books is an imprint of Kali for Women, India's feminist publishing house.[2][3]


In 1984, Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon founded Kali for Women, India's first feminist publishing house. Its objectives were to publish quality work which meet international standards. Over the years it has become an important publishing house nationally and internationally.[4] In 2003 Urvashi Butalia founded Zubaan.

In 2011, Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon were jointly conferred the Padma Shri award, for their contribution to the nation by Government of India.[5]

Meaning of Zubaan[edit]

The word 'Zubaan' comes from Hindustani and means, literally, tongue, but it has many other meanings, such as voice, language, speech and dialect.[citation needed]

Genres and imprints[edit]

Zubaan has a considerable list of academic books examining issues of gender. It has a growing list of autobiographies of women, the best known of which is A Life Less Ordinary by Baby Halder. As part of its initiative to publish broadbased popular books, Zubaan regularly publishes fiction by women writers. Genres range from literary fiction to science fiction to speculative fiction. Under the imprint of Young Zubaan, there is also a growing list of fiction for the age group 6 to 18 including books like Riddle of the Seventh Stone.[3]



  1. ^ "Distribution | Zubaan". Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. ^ Smruti Koppikar (16 August 2013). "Noted feminist to step down as director of Zubaa". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Ghoshal, Somak (20 January 2019). "Urvashi Butalia | I want to prove that feminist publishing can survive commercially". Live Mint.
  4. ^ "A Note from Zubaan Books". sacw.net. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Announced" (Press release). Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013.

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