Friday, 13 December 2013


  1. Agnimita Chatterjee
  2. Ananya Kanjilal
  3. Ankita Chakrabarti
  4. Anirban Sarkar
  5. Anuja Saha
  6. Aratrika Choudhury
  7. Archita Sengupta
  8. Arshia Dhar
  9. Atreyee Chowdhury
  10. Bidisha Bhattacharya
  11. Biprajit Dutta
  12. Debolina Sarkar
  13. Indrasena Mukhopadhyay
  14. Judhajit Sarkar
  15. Kamalika Basu
  16. Kaustav Ghosh
  17. Mayurakshi Dev
  18. Monami Ghosh
  19. Moupriya Ghosh
  20. Namrata Chakrabortty
  21. Namrata Das Gupta
  22. Nandini Roy Choudhury
  23. Neetisha Jha
  24. Pramantha Mohun Tagore
  25. Priyanka Banerjee
  26. Priyanka Bose
  27. Purbita Chowdhury
  28. Purna Ghosh
  29. Rahul Kr. Roy
  30. Rajdeep Choudhury
  31. Rimjhim Bhattacherjee
  32. Riya Ghosh
  33. Saptarshi Dutta
  34. Sarmistha Kaparia
  35. Sayani Manna 
  36. Shreya Mittra
  37. Sohini Ghosh
  38. Soumashree Sarkar
  39. Soumi Ganguly
  40. Srijeeta Mitra
  41. Sreemoyee Sarkar
  42. Sreetama Bhattacharya
  43. Shrestha Ganguly
  44. Sreya Ghosh
  45. Subhalakshmi Gooptu
  46. Suvankar Ghosh Roy Chowdhury
  47. Tanuj Kalia
  48. Tapashmita Dutta
  49. Tithi Mukherjee
  50. Zainab Ashraf
Waiting list
  1. Sreya Deb
  2. Meenakshi Ghosh
  3. Arijita Chakraborty Puitandi 

Those who have opted for the Editing and Design component will have to sit for an aptitude test, since there are more applicants for that component than there are seats.

Admission to the course will take place on 16 December 2013 at 5 pm in room A2/18 of the Department of English (the venue of the admission test). The course fee of Rs 8,000 is to be paid preferably on the same day. The fee may be paid through cheque or demand draft payable in Kolkata, made out to the ‘School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University’.

Amlan Das Gupta 
(Director) 13 December 2013

Getting there...

Unless specified, most EditPub classes will take place at the new classrooms of the School of Cultural Texts and Records. These rooms are located on the top floor of the Rabindra Bhavan building (next to Darshan Bhavan), three minutes' walk from Gate No. 5. 

If you have trouble finding the classrooms, please refer to the map below.
If you still manage to get lost, call 9831495484.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Announcement: Revised Date for the Edit-Pub Screening Test

The screening test for this year's course will be held on December 12, 2014 (Thursday), at 6 p.m. 

Location: First floor of the UG Arts Building, Jadavpur University
(next to Gate no. 4, Bengal Lamp bus stop)

Candidates are advised to bring their graduation certificate, or some proof of their graduation. The list of selected candidates will put up on this blog on December 14 (Saturday). Classes begin from December 16 (Monday) after registration.

Please scroll down or follow this link for the detailed notification for this year's course.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Announcement: EditPub 2014


Certificate Course in Editing and Publishing
at the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University

Applications are invited from Honours graduates in any discipline for a PG Certificate Course in Editing and Publishing to be conducted by the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University, from 16 December 2013 to 28 March 2014. Classes will normally be held four days a week from 6-8 p.m. Applicants have to appear for a screening test on 12 December 2013 (Thursday), at 6 p.m., to be held on the first floor of the UG Arts Building. Course fee: Rs 8,000. Applications may be made on plain paper or by email to, addressed to the Director, School of Cultural Texts and Records. Paper applications should be submitted to the School of Cultural Texts and Records (SCTR Annexe, 1st floor, Energy Studies Building, JU) between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on working days.

Last date for receipt of applications: 8 December 2013. 
(For details about previous courses see:

After an initial six weeks of common classes, the course will divide into two parallel modules, one specializing in editing and the other in design. Eight to ten students, depending on aptitude, may apply for the design module.

Broad course topics: role of the editor; parts of a book; copy-editing and proofing; documentation and indexing; copyright; office correspondence; overview of publishing; editing with software; book and cover design; commissioning and contracts; production; manufacture; open source philosophy and LaTeX; pagemaking using proprietary software such as Adobe Pagemaker, Quark Xpress and Adobe InDesign; Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop; publicity design; business plan analysis; e-publishing; marketing; publicity; distribution; press visits; live projects.

India’s longest running university course in Editing and Publishing has trained hundreds of professionals for some of the leading English-language publishing houses in the country, as well as for other media. Our students have been hired by Pearson Education India, Pearson Education U.K., Oxford University Press, HarperCollins, Rupa, Hachette, Scholastic, Penguin India, Macmillan, Dorling Kindersley, Sage, Orient Blackswan, Anthem, Google, TCS, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Times of India, and the Ananda Bazar Patrika group, among others.

     Amlan Das Gupta
     Director, School of Cultural Texts and Records
     Jadavpur University


Abhijit Gupta, Director, Jadavpur University Press
Ananda Lal, Professor of English, Jadavpur University; Proprietor, Writers' Workshop
Angshuman Chakraborty, Publishing Operations Director, Pearson Education International Editor-in-Chief, Pearson Education India
Arunava Sinha, Translator
Ashish Arora, Assistant Vice President, Digital Publishing & Production Editorial, Macmillan India
Daniel Luiz, Project Editor, Pearson Education International
Deeptanil Ray, Project Fellow, School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University
Devalina Mookerjee, Development Editor, Jadavpur University Press
Diya Kar Hazra, Publisher, Bloomsbury India
Mandira Sen, Director, Stree-Samya
Mrinmoyee Sinha, Freelance E-Publishing Professional
Padmini Ray Murray, Lecturer, Publishing Studies, University of Stirling
Parameshwari Sircar, Copy Editor, Routledge India
Pinaki De, Assistant Professor of English, Uttarpara Raja Peary Mohan College
Pradipta Sarkar, Commissioning Editor, Rupa Publications India
Rimi B. Chatterjee, Associate Professor of English, Jadavpur University
Ronnie Gupta, Print and Production Manager, Hyam Enterprises
Sandhya Ghoshal, Acquisitions Editor, Pearson Education International
Sohini Bhattacharya, Publicity Manager, Hachette India
Somnath Basu, Freelance Editor
Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University
Sumita Roy, Head—Rights, Contracts and Translations, Oxford University Press India
Trinankur Banerjee, Assistant Editor, The Times of India
Urmi Rupa Pal, Editor and Designer, Jadavpur University Press
V. K. Karthika, Publisher and Chief Editor, HarperCollins India

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Taylor & Francis Books India seeks Editorial Researchers for its Europa Publications team in Delhi

Taylor & Francis India (a UK based publishing house) currently has openings for Editorial Researchers in their Europa Publications international reference team in New Delhi.

Brief job profile: The role involves online research, editing and updating the factual directory content of Europa reference books and their related websites:, and

Candidate profile: We invite applications from candidates based in Delhi, who have a Master’s degree, excellent written and spoken English, a fine eye for detail and an aptitude for online research and editing.
A demonstrable interest in world affairs and proficiency in any international language(s) would be added advantages. Some prior experience in print or online publishing – copy editing/ web research/ content writing – would be preferable, though not essential; recent MA graduates based in Delhi are encouraged to apply.

This is an entry-level role and candidates with considerable work experience may not be considered.

Taylor & Francis India

To apply:
Interested candidates should email their applications by July 15, 2013 to

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Taylor & Francis India seeks Content Editors in Delhi

Taylor & Francis Books India Pvt. Ltd (a UK based publishing house) currently have an opening for five Content Editors in their BIS (Business Information Systems) team in New Delhi. This team supports the Global Sales and Marketing teams through primary online address and contact research.
This is an Internet-research based profile and involves searching for and updating contact information for faculty members, colleges, universities and libraries all over the world. The information researched includes different courses that are taught, subject specializations for each contact, their areas of research, their designation at the university and their address and contact details.
Chinese and Arabic language Content Editors would be required to use English, Chinese or Arabic sources during the research process.
An interest in online research, good attention to detail and a working knowledge of MS Excel would be useful skill-sets for this role although additional training will be provided. A good level of English is also essential as there will be regular communication between team members in the New Delhi office and in the UK.
Taylor & Francis India

The selection process would involve a first-round interview as well as written and online tests.
Candidates who clear the first round would be called for a second round video interview with the UK Team.
To apply: Interested candidates should email their applications to

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Final Class Schedule, List of Faculty Members and Attendance Record- 2012-2013 Edition

The final schedule of classes for the 2012-13 edition of this course as well as the full list of faculty members have been uploaded on Google Docs as publicly viewable documents.

The final record of attendance has also been uploaded on Google Docs as a PDF. The figures given will be mentioned on the certificates handed out to the students.

The link to the schedule is:

The link to the list of faculty members is :

The link to the attendance record is:

Please refer to these documents in future. Please let us know if you cannot view the documents.

Presentations - 2012-13 Batch

Now that all nine presentations have taken place, on behalf of the evaluators who listened to/read them, I would like to congratulate all the groups for producing presentations of a very high standard. We will try and see if some components of the presentation, in particular the cover art and posters, can be uploaded on this blog.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Editorial Opening at Rupa

Rupa Publications India is looking for a full-time copy editor. Someone with an abiding love for grammar and text, the ability to meet deadlines, an undying passion for books and the willingness to move to Delhi. 

If anyone is interested, mail me at

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Internships at JUP

Jadavpur University Press is looking for two-three interns for the period April-July 2013. During this time, JUP is committed to bringing nearly 10 titles through the press. The interns will be expected to assist with proofing, preparing front- and back-matter and jacket design. Since many of the volumes will be in Bengali, we are looking for at least one intern who is proficient in Bengali and proofing in Bengali. We are also looking for one intern who is from the recently-completed Editing and Design course at Jadavpur University.

While no stipend will be paid to the interns, payments at market rates will be made for actual work done, such as proofing, typesetting and jacket design. There will no regular working hours but interns may expect to spend an average of six hours a week at the JUP office.

Those interested may write to Please do not send CVs or suchlike. If there are more candidates than places, a test/interview may be held.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Presentations - 2012-13 Batch - Logistics

The presentations for the project will take place on 21, 25 and 26 March 2013. They will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On each day, three groups will showcase their project. The average time for each presentation should be between twenty and twenty-five minutes per group, with an additional fifteen to twenty minutes for questions. Therefore, we expect to be done with each group in around forty minutes.

The order of presentation will be decided by a draw of lots that will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 19 March 2013. One member from each team must come to Dr. Abhijit Gupta's office and pick up a slip. Once decided, no change will be made in the order of the presentations. If a member of a group cannot be present on the day they are allotted, then his/her portion of the presentation must be handled by the rest of the group. The order will not be changed on account of plays, tests or other events unconnected with the course.

All documentation (concept note et al) must be e-mailed to and by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 March 2013. No additional material will be accepted after that point. Material e-mailed late will be regarded as unsent and unread. This is being done to ensure fairness, as groups not presenting on the 21st would have an extra four or five days.

I have received material from eight of the nine groups - the ninth, Framework10, has stated that their material is too heavy to be e-mailed and a soft copy will be handed over. I am in the process of collating the material sent, so I cannot confirm whether I have received everything. I will do so as soon as possible.

Copy Editors for Rupa

Rupa Publications India is looking for a full-time copy editor. Someone with impeccable grammar (but of course), the ability to meet deadlines and an undying passion for books. Newbies may also apply. All candidates must be willing to move to Delhi. 

We are also looking for a full-time designer, someone with at least a couple of years of design experience, but not necessarily in publishing. 

If anyone's interested, drop me a line, or mail me at

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Press Visit - 2012-13 Batch

A regular feature of the Editing and Publishing course is a visit to an actual press, where its operation and production schedules are explained by the people who work there. This year, we are scheduled to visit CDC Press, which is run by Ronnie Gupta, who will talk about printing on Friday, 15 March 2013.
Since the visit needs to take place during the daytime, it will take place on a Saturday. Owing to the size of the class,.Mr. Gupta has agreed to allot two Saturdays to us for the press visit. On each day, 23 students will visit the press.  The first batch will visit the press on 16 March 2013, the second on 23 March 2013.

The press is located on Pottery Road in the old Bengal Pottery Complex off C. I. T. Road. On both days (pending confirmation), we should assemble at Jadavpur University at 1 p.m. and go from there to the press. We hope to be done by about 4:30 p.m. Students who can bring cars are requested to do so, since the press is located well away from the nearest bus stop. Those unable to fit into the cars will take taxis.

This press visit is compulsory.

The students who went on 16 March are:
  • Abhijit Dutta
  • Abira Nath
  • Amrita Dutta
  • Ananya Adhikary
  • Angana Moitra
  • Anindita Banerji
  • Anuja Khatua
  • Anwesha Rana
  • Avinash Noel Antony
  • Debani Deb
  • Deeptesh Sen
  • Hiya Chatterjee
  • Sulagna Chattopadhyay
The students tentatively set to go on 23 March are:
  • Aishani Roy
  • Amrita Kar
  • Arnab Chakraborty
  • Barsha Saha 
  • Biaas Sanyal
  • Chandrani Datta
  • Debjanee Chakrabarti
  • Devika Singh
  • Diya Sinha
  • Indrani Banerjee
  •  Jhelum Roy
  • Joyinee Ganguly
  • Lopamudrra Chatterjee
  • Marilyn Kwan Kharkongor
  • Mithu Karmakar
  • Moinak Choudhury
  • Nibedita Sen
  • Pritam Bhaumik
  • Ritwika Sanyal
  • Rudrani Gangopadhyay
  • Rudrani Mukherjee
  • Sanhita Sinha
  • Saptarshi Deb
  • Sayani Biswas
  • Shahana Yasmin
  • Shinjana Mukherjee
  • Shinjini Chattopadhyay
  • Shubhankar Das
  • Sreyashi Mukherjee
  • Sumit Singha
  • Tina Kaviraj
  • Upasana Saraswati
  • Vedatrayee Banerjee
No more changes can be made to the schedule. Reasons for not wanting to go to the press on the 23rd must be provided to Dr. Abhijit Gupta.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

List of Candidates Called for Oxford University Press India Job Interview

The people listed here are requested to appear in an interview (in the order in which they are listed here) for jobs in Oxford University Press India. The interview will be held on 15 March 2013 in the Renaissance Studies Centre of the Department of English, Jadavpur University. The first candidate is requested to report at 11 a.m.; the other candidates are requested to report at intervals of fifteen minutes - therefore, four candidates should be interviewed per hour.

All candidates must carry a hard copy of their curriculum vitae.

The candidates are:
  • Amava Bhattacharya
  • Amrita Kar
  • Anukta Ghosh
  • Avinash Noel Antony
  • Biaas Sanyal
  • Diya Sinha
  • Joyinee Ganguly
  • Rudrani Mukherjee
  • Saptarshi Deb
  • Shahana Yasmin
  • Sinjita Basu
  • Sohini Banerjee
  • Souraj Dutta
  • Upasana Saraswati

List of Candidates Applying to Oxford University Press India

The people listed here have informed me that they have applied for full-time jobs at Oxford University Press India. Any other person interested in applying must send me his/her CV at the earliest. Please e-mail it to Please look at an earlier post on this subject for the job specifications.

The people who have already applied are:
  • Abira Nath
  • Amava Bhattacharya
  • Amrita Kar
  • Ananya Adhikary
  • Anukta Ghosh
  • Arnab Chakraborty
  • Avinash Noel Antony
  • Biaas Sanyal
  • Chandrani Datta
  • Debani Deb
  • Debjanee Chakrabarti
  • Diya Sinha
  • Jhelum Roy
  • Joyinee Ganguly
  • Madhumanti Pait Choudhury
  • Moinak Choudhury
  • Paromita Sengupta
  • Pritam Bhaumik
  • Rajdeep Pal
  • Rudrani Mukherjee
  • Sanhita Sinha
  • Saptarshi Deb
  • Saptarshi Dutta
  • Sayani Biswas
  • Shiladitya Banerjee
  • Shramana Das Purakayastha
  • Shubhankar Das
  • Sinjita Basu
  • Sohini Banerjee
  • Somak Mukherjee
  • Soumi Sarkar
  • Souraj Dutta
  • Upasana Saraswati

Jobs with Oxford University Press India - Updated

Oxford University Press India intends to hire Editorial Trainees for its Schools Division. Trainees will have to work in the Greater Noida office of the firm. They are looking for people interested in full-time work who have already been awarded an M.A. or will be awarded one at the end of this academic year. They have expressed a preference for students of English, but candidates from other disciplines (especially those who have done the Certificate Course in Editing and Publishing) may also apply.

A team from OUP India intends to visit Jadavpur University on 14 and 15 March 2013, though this is yet to be confirmed. They intend to display a small presentation about their firm, followed by an editing test. The presentation is expected to start at 2 p.m. on 14 March 2013. The test is supposed to start at 3 p.m. the same day, and will go on for at least two hours. I am entirely unaware of its format or contents. Those who qualify in the test will be asked to appear in an interview on 15 March 2013.

Students and alumni of the Editing and Publishing course, as well as final-year M.A. students who might be interested, are requested to notify me by e-mail by Friday, 1 March 2013. If you have not sent your CVs to me already, please do so as soon as possible. My e-mail address is

When you send me an e-mail with your CV, please use this format for the subject line of the e-mail and the file name of the CV:

<First Name> <Middle Name> <Surname> - Curriculum Vitae

CVs should be sent as PDFs or MS Word documents only.

The presentation and the test will take place in the PG-I classroom of the Department of English, Jadavpur University.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Class on Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Ashish Arora of Macmillan India Limited will talk about production editing and e-publishing on 13 March 2013. The class will start at 5:30 p.m. as a fair bit of material needs to be covered. Students are requested to turn up in time for the class.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Class on Tuesday, 12 March 2013

I will take a class with the Publishing Processes group on Tuesday, 12 March 2013, where I will try to answer questions about editing and annotation in general. Please bring all the exercises I have handed out so far - I will try and provide you with solutions to them and discuss instances which require special treatment.

To the best of my knowledge, I have handed out two annotation exercises and one copy-editing exercise. I would like to solve them in class and discuss variations, so that you get a clearer picture of how editing takes place in practice. We could also attempt to convert the notes-bibliography style citations to the author-date style for more practice.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Live Cover Design Project under Pinaki De

Students who have opted for the Design component of the course will be asked to design a cover for a book that is scheduled to be published. The cover specifications will be provided by Pinaki De, who will also supervise the project. Students will be expected to work on the cover over two classes - pending confirmation from Mr. De, the classes will be held on 12 and 13 March 2013 respectively.

Please note that the project will require a certain amount of confidentiality. The terms will be explained at the start of the project. Moreover, the final selection of the cover will be done by the publisher, so all the covers designed will probably not be accepted. Students are advised to treat this as a training exercise in order to prepare them for other such projects if they take on cover designing as a career.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Structural Editing Assignment

Put this piece in order, write instructions between paras on how to fix structural issues, copyedit it and submit. Use margins for notes.
Utopia is ideal an community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system. It is usually an isolated ideal system in equilibrium  is perfect. A static equilibrium is where the system is devoid of crises or problemses. This idea of equilibrium is very fragle and usually crumbels when faced with a unijue and novel crisis or problem. This idea of equilibrum also renders progress impossible as the socio-politico-legale system is perfect as it is and does not require or faclitate change and the processes of bettrment and proress are rendered obsolete.

A more stable and practical approach of creating a utopia is where the equilibrium is dynamic. This entales that there is costant crisis but the sotiety is equiped to come up with solutions for each of them. Hence the society progresses and mutates to accommodate the crises faced along the way. Not only would such an idee of equilibrium help find solutions for problems faced, but it can also pre-empt problems that might arose in the future and equip itself in such a way as to overcome them.

An isolated system is considered for similar cutting reasons of cutting down external factors that may cause disruption interruption. The utopia which is being created here will hence be an isolated system possessing a dynamic equilibrium state.  The social system is loose-based on the situate of our sub-continent as it provides enough socio-cultural and economic diversity. It is planned to design questionnare for youths to fill regarding intentions for state run utopia society.

            The basic problem faced by all utopian structures is that when a person or a group of people are vested power, their inherent nature is to acquire more and preserve it just amongst themselves cliquism or neoptism. Hence the aim exercise is to nullify that happening and to ensure that no one is vested with contrastingly more power than others ie rich poor, famous unknowns, big small. This can be ensured by employing a two-step voting system, firstly to elect candidates into the legislature and secondly to ensure they do not acquire unhealthy amounts of power by giving the general population the right to vote for the policies suggested by the legislature. Legislatures becomes the executives only for implenetation fo policies which people can referendum online on petitions sites. Legislature can propose and advertise but voting is by the peoples online. Everything go for referendum before parliament debates. Parliament has to pass majority supported bills as they are rubber stamps.

Every individual in the nation will be issued a unique identification number. Each individual has the option to choose their mode of voting. Since their identity number is unique, voting can be done only once and on a database through electronic mediums like the computer or the cellular phone. This greatly reduces the time taken for the entire voting process as simultaneity of voting is highly increased. The database where the voting is conducted will also show the immediate results as and when an individual has voted. Thisderiving licence, passport etc. one ducment instead of man y number is also tax account number, and people can change city, job, telephone etc oonly on strength of id no.

Illiteracy is a big hurdle in the practicality of this system. So the illiterate populaces will have polling booths which are equipped with devices with the said database as an interface. Spekaing mechines and keyboards will guide them through voting processed.  speaking the vernacular of the area or the preferred vernacular of the voter. This way, the errors faced due to illiteracy can be reduced. This can be further reduced through an efficient educational system which is as follows. Follows.
The educateds need nots be in the school or colleges but can get from home. Thus even the housewives or disableds shall not miss out on the educations, they shall be able to also learn anything they require through cooking sites, wikis, all these things.

Land ownership
All land will be owned by the state on a horizontal basis. Agricultural land will also be owned by the state and will be divided into quadrants on a practical by basis and farmers will be employed on a salaried bases to work on these agricultural lands. There will be a basic and very reasonable minimum required standard of performance depending on the land and climate, failing which will cost one his/her job as farmer people. As mentioned before, the ownership of a farmland will not be solely on a hereditary basis and a minimum level of education (basic school leaving examination) is required for an individual to be eligible for this. Online accreditation for the farmers inlcude soil knowledges, stock leeping, .retail tehoryes and also agribusinesses.

Coming to possession of inhabitable land, an individual can only own a maximum of one horizontal tract of land per state which is taxable by the state. He can however upgrade to a bigger tract of land provided he gives up his erstwhile place of residence for sale.  Subletting will be banned. A housing development corporation will be present and effective to provide residence to people who cannot afford the minimum cost of buying inhabitable land. Farmers will live and farm. Since there is online facilities for most other works, they can be the stay at the rurals places they are working there.

Individuals wishing to engage in private enterprise could buy habitable space near the place where he could acquire resources for the enterprise. Since there are no hereditary land rights, incidents like Singur or Nandigram would not arise. People would find it easier to travel for work or pleasure as residence in any place would be contingent and temporary. Ancestral housing will be tenanted but not owned.

Education shall be delivered on a demand basis. Private individuals havign skilland knowladge shall be required to give vlountary teachign time onlinee. Syllabi shall not be prescriptive but rather suggestional. Kids will create their own pace of the learnings. Exams will not have time limits only or fixed dates. Anyone can click and take. Accreditation shall be overseen by the state and as this is delivered online the cost of individual teaching will drop drastically. Tecahers will have choice of teaching and kids can take any class advertised online that they chooose. ,universitys will be aboloushed.
Conclusions. I have found that the questions the youngs wiches to ask as all about the education and the politics. They are not conerned so much for the interpersoanl and the childcare. This reflects their demographies/
The judiciary system will be independent, beyond and supreme to the legislature as it is usually. The ideal situation of consitution shall be required to exist on the ground. Implementation is key.  Due to the variable measuring possibility of human error being reduced drastically, the judiciary will not face a crisis or be effective enough to pose a crisis on the nation on any scale, hence the chance of coups or state terrors are lowredd. Power is split between judiciary system and enforcement. Due to the absence and/or ineffectiveness of political parties due to the two tier voting system, the judiciary has more reason to be neutral and impartial of thinking.  Amendment will require further process of law. Private legal aid will be abolished and all lawyers will be maintained from tax money. A special fund will be created for legal aid for citizens who are involved in cases. No one will be able to ‘buy’ the best legal brains. The judiciary will also ensure that the legislature cannot interfere with a policy or an act after it has been voted on and passed. It will guard the peoples rigth to vote on table d bills.

On a personal level, a social security system will be in effect to provide a minimum amount of money to people without an employment but only in the case of this unemployment being a result of physical shortcomings. A social security system will also be in effect for victims of natural disasters and criminal activities, especially women. A portion of the taxable money from an individual will mandatorily go to a medical insurance fund.

Healthcare will also be absolutely a state agenda and not privatized. Hospitals shall not charge money but will be given corpus fund at start of fin year. Since the education is also a state run agenda, the state will have intellectual copyright over patents and all profits benefits the state. However an individual who innovates in medicine and science may earn monetary incentive similar to royalty from the sale of his innovations with rarer and bigger innovations having a higher percentage of royalty (for example, cancer medication which is massive in importance but meager in sales). This way medicine will not have patents and the cost of healthcare on an individual basis is highly reduced. Individual merits shall be encoruaged alos with pretige awards and listins thus clebrity will reward the innovators

The inland security system or the police system will also be beyond the legislature but directly under the judiciary. An individual will have the right to appeal to the police and the judiciary via personal mediums such as the telephone or the computer. The police are answerable to the judiciary by default regarding any case that has been appealed to the court. Due procress tha shall be monitorable by victims family and friend but private to others. Questions can be asked in parliament about individual cases.

The defense policy in case of external attack can just be a standard first strike policy. Military spending is the inalienable of the staet. Border patrol must be vigiliatn and as the utpopia will be atrractice to outsiodeers. Outside redugeess such as have come from Partition times will now be economic migrants the healthcare and education will be temtping and attracive.

While a favorable solution could not be found for this problem, simultaneously this utopia being an isolated system, the chances of an emergency or wartime situation with an alien threat can be bypassed altogether. If borders are impermeable outside threat whether of refuigee or of military can be stopped there. As for ICBM attacks, for thie wee need good and alert air force. Stnadign ground trooops can be disbanded or turned into remote survellianee ce. Foering policy will be downscaled as our needs of outside things will decrease. As is already happneing, we will become net manufactorers exporting to the west and so will not need to engage in foreign.
Threat response
In emergency situations where on the spot decisions are to be made, the vote for changing policies will be inefficient due to the time taken. On the other hand, if defense policies are solely discussed to the discretion of the legislature and the judiciary, chances are that this power will be usurped and manipulated to bring in fascism. Hence tehre must be hairtrigger responding cell inside PMO.

The above mentioned utopian system has been structured in a “periphery to core” method. This is because of the essentiality of crisis on a familial level in order for a family to feel necessary to be part of a bigger community. Several small crises that may arise from the above system have indeed been noticed but not considered as stray crises on a small level works very ineffectively and insignificantly. In case of the crises growing in magnitude, the system facilitates individuals to address these problems with effective and fast solutions. Communication is key: if enough people have the same problem, they will solve it.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Deadline for Preparation of Group Projects

All teams must have their presentations ready (along with documentation) by 20 March 2013. No exceptions will be allowed.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Freelance Work at Pearson Education - Updated

Daniel Luiz's e-mail address is

He has asked me to inform anyone interested in doing freelance editing that they may do an exercise created by him. This exercise can be downloaded by the candidate and he/she will be allowed more time to complete it.

Unlike the results of the test conducted on 19 February 2013, the results of this exercise will be made available to those who take it. Therefore, it will be a good indicator of how the candidates' editing skills have developed. I strongly recommend that all students and alumni of the course (as well as non-students interested in freelancing) attempt it.

Daniel has sent me the exercise, along with certain instructions. The files for it can be downloaded from
His instructions, as sent in an e-mail, are:

You can take as long as you want, and use Google, Wikipedia, and to your heart’s content—just make sure that you’ve done the best you can with all the resources at your disposal. I’m also sending you a short PowerPoint presentation that covers some of the basic elements that appear in most house styles. It’s no Butcher’s Copy-editing, but it should give you some idea of what to look for while editing a manuscript.

I also recommend that you read Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. The print version is surprisingly difficult to find in bookstores, but Strunk’s 1918 edition is available here: This slim volume should be required reading for anyone who wants to write readable prose, and will serve you well even if you choose not to pursue a career in editing. 

When you’re done, send the edited file to with your name in the file name separated by underscores (for example, CE_section_daniel_luiz). I
f you have any problems with the files or need something clarified, feel free to contact me. Good luck.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Project Outlines - 2012-2013 Batch

These companies are going to be auctioned on Monday, 4 February 2013. This is part of your project work. Read and enjoy.


The class will sort themselves into companies. The first time we did this the class made the teams among themselves (this did involve a little groupism, but one wants each group to be able to work together well, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Besides, companies are pretty groupist). We then gave each team five lakhs of virtual money and auctioned the companies to them. Another possible way of doing this is to appoint the five most active students ‘CEO’s of the companies they like best and have them ‘hire’ their team. Either way what you want is a good match between the team members and their company.

Each company gets this basic outline of who they are and what they do. They can augment this profile or to a limited extent modify it. Augmentations may include company logos, mission statements, vision, codes of conduct and corporate social responsibility, even balance sheets and stock quotations if they’re feeling inventive. However they mustn’t lose sight of their firm’s core competencies, or damage the company’s existing brand equity.

The team decides an overall policy for their company’s new list in keeping with their line of business or their policy decisions so far, and each team member individually develops a book or a series within that plan. The companies will present together, with an introduction of the firm by the CEO and then individual presentations by the team members.

The book suggestions given at the end of each company profile are suggestions only. Then can be modified, replaced or added to as the team chooses.

Each team member must generate the following

1. A concept note for the book or series, including title (and subtitle if any). If a series, then a general outline of the series with descriptions of the first three titles in it. The concept note will include the type or genre, an outline of the content, a few notes on the target readership, a summary of the probable need and a brief description of your marketing strategy.

2. A private note to your boss (or yourself) detailing the profile and/or CV of the prospective (fictitious) author or editor. You can base this on a real person, but not too closely: give them a made-up name and background. Essentially what we’re looking for here is your idea of the kind of person who would be best to write or edit your book/series. The profile should include the prospect’s published work both with the company (if any) and outside, professional expertise, suitability and strengths, celebrity status and fan following if any, and known issues (such as slow delivery or sloppy grammar). Bear in mind that this is a confidential memo. Note also that genius writers can also be a little—how shall I put it?—psychologically fragile, and you will have to deal with that. It helps if you forewarn your boss a little.

3. A proposal letter addressed to the prospective author, embodying the essential points of your concept note. Remember that your concept note is likely to be modified, sometimes quite radically, by your author or editor, and you want this to happen because they are the subject expert and may have strong opinions on how the books should be done. However you also want to make sure the book turns out useful and marketable. So in this approach letter do not lay down the law, but make it clear to your author that you are open to negotiation on some points of your proposal. Be careful to get the tone of your letter right, and keep in mind who you are addressing. The process of actually building the book will happen through discussion and negotiation with the author. Expect long working lunches to happen.

4. A look-and-feel sample of the finished book. This includes the cover with blurb (keep in mind that your cover design should showcase the content of the book, be appropriate to it and help to sell it) and one or two double spread inside pages (use any text such as the lorem ipsum template to demonstrate the page design and layout). If your book has illustrations do one opening with an illustration and one without. Also keep in mind that fiction is more immersive than non-fiction and therefore needs a less busy page design.

5. A marketing strategy. This has already been roughly outlined in your concept note; here you flesh it out and give it life. Your strategy will depend very much on what kind of book it is and who are the readership. You will have to be creative here. For instance, you could promote a cookbook through a website, cooking blogs and/or a TV cooking competition. Be bold but keep in mind the cost burdens that your book will have to carry. In general, specialist books for a small readership at a cheap price have dirt cheap marketing, and if any of these variables is large the marketing budget goes up. If you have cost constraints, explore how social networks and viral marketing might help you. Also keep in mind what is ‘cool’ to your intended readership. A marketing strategy that doesn’t take the tastes of readers into account will fail.

When you present, each person must take us through the process of developing the book, touching on all five points. If all the members of a team are working on a series, the general editor may introduce the series and the team members may deal with their individual books. Grading will involve a base grade for the company as a whole, with a top up for each individual depending on the quality of their presentation. Hence you must work together as a team and share expertise with each other as well as develop your individual projects. Work out your book concept notes before the second module starts and utilise the sessions upstairs in the computer room to develop the deliverables such as cover and layout.

Presentations will happen at the end of the course and recruiters may sit in on them. If you want to be thorough, develop a print version as well as power point presentation so that you can use the print version as your portfolio for recruiters. 


1. Rosebud Children’s Books

A fifteen-year-old private limited publisher of illustrated children’s books, Rosebud does about twenty books a year, is quite respected in the field, and did well in the 1970s and 1980s. Its best known books were the Leela series, a set of illustrated storybooks for young girls of the 8 to 14 age group intended to teach life skills, dealing with issues like a new baby in the family, homework, sports, shopping etc. They also produced the popular Kalu Kaka series of illustrated storybooks for boys of the same age group, which taught math and science through the figure of Kalu Kaka, a retired scientist who would design homemade experiments for the young boys who came to visit him. There were also a number of general knowledge and popular science reference books. Sales of these series were very good and Rosebud was a good investment in those days.

In the 1990s, Rosebud lost market share because of failure to modernize the list. The older writers have died or become frail and the company did not then make enough of an effort to cultivate enough younger writers till now. The majority stake in the company was bought in 2009 by the Rainbow Printing Works and a new team of young college graduates drafted in. They discovered that by and large, the copyrights of the older books were now worthless, but the company has been supporting some of these authors all their lives and letting some of these titles go suddenly out of print might involve adverse publicity. However, if the company wants to continue to bear the cost of printing and offering these books for sale, it will have to start making a decent profit.

The team began by clearing old stock and retrenching the company’s assets. Rosebud is now stable enough to contemplate floating new series. The team is now creating a plan to salvage Rosebud’s flagging fortunes while keeping its core image of being a socially responsible children’s publisher. Rainbow plans to print Rosebud’s new illustrated titled at its own four-colour printing house so as to be able to price cheaply. Some ideas for new books that have been discussed are as follows:

(a) A guide on traffic safety and/or civic sense for 8-18-year-olds, using a funky new character as mascot, in comic book format.
(b) A guide to using the internet responsibly for 8-14-year-olds,
(c) Primers on sex and gender issues for 12-16-year-olds,
(d) Environment-related activity books for 8-14-year-olds.

2. Gimlet Press

This is a publisher of poetry books based in Scotland, founded in 1989 by a Punjabi and a Senegalese poet. They are primarily known for their prestigious poetry festival held in Glasgow every August which also serves as a marketplace for them to get new authors for their list. In the UK they run a number of competitions such as poetry slams, online poet-a-thons and write-ins, for which the prize is usually a book contract with them. Another popular line is books of poetry with themes, such as golf, sandwiches or cats. They are particularly known for promoting the poetry of non-white minorities in the UK such as rap and dub. Recently they have begun ‘Gimlet Hour’ a programme airing on Radio 4 showcasing young performance poets.

In 2008 the founders visited Mumbai and attended the Kala Ghora Arts and Literature Festival. They made a lot of contacts and became interested in entering the Indian market. To that end they have hired a bunch of bright youngsters and given them the task of launching Gimlet in India. The team have to come up with a strategy and pilot projects to establish Gimlet as the premier poetry publisher in India, beginning with English but with plans to expand into vernacular markets in future.

Some ideas that have been discussed include:

(a) a book of poems by a new, happening and trendy young urban author. You will have to profile this person and design the look and feel of the book, which must reflect the author’s edginess.
(b) a really good translation of a well known out-of-copyright book of poems in an Indian language. You will have to identify the book and profile the translator.
(c) a book of selected ‘slam poetry’ generated by a series of poetry slams that Gimlet will organize in cities around the country. If successful this could be an annual thing.
(d) a book of 55-word love poems by various hands.

3. Express Research and Publishing
Express Research and Publishing is a German company that publishes doctoral theses. They came to India in 1999 but found that the number of good doctoral theses worth publishing was abysmally low. They published a few disastrous titles, the low point coming in 2004 when a thesis they published turned out to have been plagiarized wholesale from a series of internet articles by Andre Beteille. The bad publicity from this almost caused ERP to pull out of the Indian market; the only thing that stopped them was the convoluted bureaucracy involved in shutting down a company in India. While talks were on to close the Indian branch down, a new CEO in Berlin decided to give India another chance. In 2010 the head office in Berlin fired 70 percent of the old Indian team and hired fresh young graduates. This team has been given the task of rebranding ERP and reinventing its list. They have been allocated a million Euros and five years to do this: if they fail to show a two percent return on investment by 2015 the company will close for good. The name of the company cannot be changed for forex reasons.

The team has been given a fairly wide mandate. Their task is to find a new vein of reference, academic and technical publishing that ERP can exploit. Some ideas that have been tossed around include:

(a) a series of guides to the best colleges and universities in India for those seeking admission to various streams; this series of print volumes will be backed up by a website where realtime updates will be posted by ERP’s research team. The team is deciding whether to divide this by stream, city or ranking.
(b) a series of books on new courses in Indian academia such as film theory, culture studies and gender studies, intended for first year students
(c) a series of creative writing textbooks
(d) a series of guides for young publishers, including what to expect when joining a publishing firm, basic skills needed, editing guidelines, design and production, marketing, specialty editing for STM, rights handling, commissioning and other topics.

4. Screaming Silver Fantasy and Fiction
Screaming Silver was set up by a group of ex-Caltech NRIs who have returned to India, and are based in Pune. They are a publisher of games, books and web content catering to the 15-25 age group. Popular games include GothCarnival, Bullionaire, and All the World, all real-time strategy massively multiplayer online games as well as stand alone PC installs, popular with teenagers and also with parents as they are perceived as edutainment. The games are based on game theory concepts and are designed to teach players negotiation skills, forward planning and efficient resource use. The scoring pattern and bonus system privileges skills that are useful in the real world.

All these games have two supporting manuals, one for the player which explains how to play the game, and one for parents and educators which explain the game concept and skills taught by the games. These Teacher Notes also reassure parents and teachers that the games are not a waste of time. Screaming Silver would like to achieve more penetration into Indian schools with these games, but is encountering stiff resistance, partly because of technical issues with hardware and internet access, but also because of lingering suspicions from teachers and administrators.

Last year Screaming Silver ran a popular gaming competition and acquired a certain amount of visibility among the youth. They have just started up their publishing wing and have had some success publishing their game manuals. However these sales piggyback on the popular games and the head office wants some stand alone titles in the market to boost perception of SS as a serious publisher. Some ideas the team have come up with include:

(a) a book of research profiling new teaching methods, out of the classroom teaching and their effects on learning, skill-building and retention. Probably this will have to be done in partnership with a progressive school which would provide a testing environment.
(b) a book of short stories on the theme of the quest.
(c) a short guide to gaming for the Indian audience, including basic dos and donts.
(d) a book popularizing game theory concepts for a general audience

5. Watermelon Books

Watermelon was founded in 1977 by a group of women journalists in Mumbai as a partnership. It began as a publisher of women’s magazines, the flagship titles being House and Home, for urban housewives, and Saheli, for the suburban audience. However from the beginning there was disagreement among the partners as to how to manage these magazaines, with a minority wanting to make them more ‘gossipy’, filmi’ and entertaining. In the 1990s, facing eroding market share as many older publishers did, the minority won the chance to try an experiment and launched a series of romance novels called Passions, which failed as the books were too expensive, not well written and not marketed widely enough, though they still remain popular among women travelers on the Mumbai suburban trains and sell from railway bookstalls on several platforms. Now most of the original partners want to retire and are looking for young professionals who can take their place, failing which they will shut the company down.

They have agreed to take on a team of fresh young publishers on a trial basis to be their replacements, and have asked them to come up with a vision to take the company forward. Some suggestions for new books the team is considering include:

(a) a series of novellas on inter-community romance, mild to medium hot (the rationale being that the forbidden is much more exciting than the permitted)
(b) a non-fiction popular reference book about Indian love habits
(c) a satire of saas bahu serials.
(d) a series of ‘his’ and ‘hers’ tongue-in-cheek guides to dating in the Indian context for the young urban professional.

6. Big Productions

Originally a TV serial producer, Big Productions went into publishing in the 1990s when they found that the scripts of their TV serials could be repackaged as books for the show’s fans. They specialized in domestic and corporate drama, and under their publishing banner they hired a team of ghostwriters to hammer the scripts into novels. The popularity of these persuaded them to publish novels on these themes independently of the shows, but these did not do so well, primarily because the ghostwriters couldn’t keep the action tight enough if they did not have a ready script to work from. Big Publishing decided they needed to attract better writers who could come up with fresh stories, but the company’s reputation was not attractive to serious writers. The company did experiment with hiring an established prize-winning writer to be overall editor of the fiction lines, but this did not work as the readers felt the resulting books were too highbrow and refused to buy them.

Big Productions needs to find a middle road that will attract talent and new readers but will not alienate the core readership who are used to the sensational drama titles. A team of young publishers has been hired to accomplish this. They need to identify the kind of titles that will fit in with their existing reputation while offering enough newness to attract readers. They also need to identify the kind of authors who offer the best skill set for their titles. Some possibilities include:

(a) a non-fiction book on real-life saas-bahu stories
(b) a series of true-crime books
(c) a novel or series on family drama
(d) a novel or series on corporate corruption.

7. Karnan Books

A large wholesaler established in the 1950s by Vijay Karnan, the son of a freedom fighter, Karnan made its reputation as a publisher with educational books for regional markets, as well as Vikas Kiran, a successful swadeshi weekly newspaper promoting village education and uplift. In its heyday Vikas Kiran had a readership of over seven lakhs in five languages over the country, and was published from eight offices. However, a large part of VK’s revenue came from Panchayat libraries which got grants to buy it. The contract with the Central Government on which this market was based lapsed in 1996 and was not renewed, largely because of complaints about VK’s falling quality. The heir, Vikas Karnan, avers that its failure was due to his refusal to pay bribes. The educational list was not updated after this, although many of the primary textbooks had become iconic in rural areas. Asha Kiran, the civics textbook, became the generic name for all textbooks on the same subject in the Hindi-speaking belt, such that teachers would ask students ‘Have you brought your Asha Kiran?’ even if they were actually using some other textbook.

However, the company languished, and the Karnan family’s investment in the publishing side dwindled over the next ten years, though they continued to run the wholesale business. A family feud in 1999 led to the publishing firm being hived off and given to a younger son, who was incapable of running it; the wholesale arm was renamed Karnan Distribution. In 2005 Karnan Books went into receivership. It was taken over by Deutsche Bank which auctioned it to Futuria, a private equity firm, in 2009. Futuria aims to turn Karnan Books around and make a profit from it in five years. Accordingly they have put together a team of young professionals to develop a new list for the firm.

The core strength of Karnan Books is its visibility in the rural market, and Futuria wants to capitalize on this with a new batch of books to address the needs of the 2010s. Preliminary market research by the new team has indicated that village readerships are hungry for information on the globalised economy and want titles like the following:

(a) a ‘dummies’ guide’ to the share market,
(b) a slightly more advanced guide to export-import, finance and recession
(c) a book on low cost technology for use in rural areas, giving practical advice and copious simple diagrams.
(d) a simple guide on how to file an FIR, open a bank account, get a passport, use speed post, money transfer, electronic voting machines, make the most of mobile phones etc.

8. Sportacus Books

A publisher of sports books set up in 2000 by a pair of retired cricketers, Sportacus wants to appeal to the young. Based in Pune, they have already published the biographies of two eminent cricketers of the last century along with a rather odd assortment of books relating to sport. The most notorious failures among these were 100 Things You Didn’t Know About Cricket compiled from the internet by a venerable old pace bowler, and The Autobiography of a Pitch, apparently by an eminent cricketer but actually ghostwritten by his eleven year old niece. Naturally both of these titles lost a lot of the founders’ personal savings, and the company was only saved by a bailout from an angel investor who was a fan of their game.

Till recently the two partners were averse to hiring professional help and wanted to do everything themselves, but they are now quite frail and realize they cannot carry out the more onerous tasks and haven’t the energy to develop the list. They have also lost confidence over the near bankruptcy and are very reluctant to risk any more money. The only capital available is five and a half lakhs left over from the angel’s bailout. The founders want to remain connected to the company, but have put a team of young people on the job who will look after the business and plan for the future.

The company’s strengths are the reputations of its founders, which continue to open doors and give access to current sports stars for the new editorial team. The company’s weakness is a lack of vision on the ground, such that the projects undertaken so far have been costly, dull and badly put together. The team’s first task was to politely scrap a few editorial disasters that were brewing in the hands of the founders’ friends and family. They then sat down to brainstorm new titles, and came up with the following. They have to work under fairly stringent monetary constraints, so big sales are a must.

(a) a history of Indian cricket by an eminent historian and well known fan, formatted like a coffee table book but selling for half the price. Costs to be kept down by sticking to greyscale for the illustrations.
(b) a set of pamphlet guides to things like the doosra, sledging, and other cricket trivia, written by figures associated with them or experts on them, with illustrations by a famous comic book artist.
(c) a cricketing primer with tips from eminent players.
(d) a book for girls encouraging them to take up sports

9. Inner Light Press

A publisher of spiritual books in the 1960s, Inner Light has seen its market erode recently. It’s not that people are not buying spiritual titles, but rather that Inner Light’s bestsellers seem quite dated in the present market, and little has been done to update them. Inner Light has now tied up with Soup with Crotons, a Canadian publisher of self help books, to repackage and adapt SWC’s titles to the Indian market. Most of SWC’s titles have a North American Christian flavour, which is why they cannot be launched as is, but SWC is willing to allow adaptation of the basic material by Indian writers. A team of young Indians has been given the task of going over SWC’s list and picking out the books that will work best for IL. They will also have to find and approach Indian authors to do the work of adaptation. They are launching these books initially in English but plan to diversify into at least three major Indian languages by 2016.

The team has to keep in mind that the work of adapting will require a sensitive understanding of cultural difference and the ability to reinterpret social situations across cultures. At the same time, the books must be popular and written in an accessible style. They must look and feel reassuring and calming, ‘like a good friend you can rely on’, as the VP in charge of rights for SWC had explained to the team. The team has shortlisted the following books for the first phase of adaptation:

a. A book on how to cope with divorce
b. A book on how to adjust to and handle adopting a child.
c. A book on how to cope with or lessen work-related stress.
d. A series of books for parents on different neuropsychological problems in children such as dyslexia, stuttering, epilepsy, autism etc, and how to manage them.

10 FrameWork 10

FW10, as its fans call it, is a startup comics publisher founded in 2007 by an NRI who got out of Wall Street in time to avoid the crash of 2008. For the past few years it has been surviving by republishing comics from the US and Canada in India, mainly from small, independent, often creator-owned houses. But because FW10 cannot pay very high copyright fees, the quality of this material has tended to be uneven, and sales have been slow, although the company has acquired a small but loyal cult fan following. Some of these titles are realistic adventure, some are fantasy, some are manga-type bubblegum romance, some are horror and some ‘adult’, a catchall genre that includes a series about a tavern caught in a time-warp in Spanish Harlem, a manga yaoi tribute about a six-foot-tall transvestite named Harvey, and a series about a planet of half-plant people with four sexes. However, because many of the source houses abruptly fail or simply miss their deadlines, FW10 has never been able to finish a series and has a bit of a reputation among its readers for this; on one fan site they were quoting odds on the chances of the latest acquisition ever seeing its final volume.

While this cult status has worked for FW10 till now, it is rather precarious, as cults can die without warning, and the founder now feels it is time to begin publishing original Indian content and building a local list that will be high quality and high profile. To that end, he has hired a team of young professionals to sniff out new writers and artists and relaunch the brand. He recognizes that since there is as yet no established comics culture in India, the new creators will need a lot of handholding in the technically difficult business of making comics, and he has counseled his team to expect to have to give a lot of input for the first few titles. He has suggested that the team start by holding a series of workshops in the four major cities where writers and artists will come together and create a sixteen page story each. He has set aside a budget of twenty seven lakhs for this, and hopes that each workshop will generate three or four possible titles. He wants it made clear to the participants that these are intended to be books for adults, not children.

The team has decided to concentrate on four major themes: participants can choose which one they want to work on, and the best stories on the four themes will be collected into four books. They will have to make sure that the workshop are advertised correctly and they get enough good content for their volumes to get off the ground, so they will have to screen participants and ask for writing/artwork submission beforehand. The themes are:

a. The New Millennium: Future worlds, alternate worlds
b. The Secret Life: What lies beneath the world we know
c. Stranger in a Strange Land: Being lost, being in the wrong place, being misunderstood.
d. And So I Came to Paradise: The lineaments of gratified desire