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Chiki Sarkar, Publisher, Penguin Books India, has plans for new kinds of books

Shalini S. Dagar     August 30, 2011
You have brandy at four and you are in high heels. I want to be like you," Chiki Sarkar, then about to finish college, told Alexandra Pringle, then editor-in-chief at Bloomsbury, at their first meeting in the late 1990s.

It so happened that Pringle was looking for an assistant and took on Sarkar to work with her. Sarkar stayed with Bloomsbury for seven years. This summer, Sarkar, now 34, took over as the publisher of Penguin Books India, the largest English trade publisher in the subcontinent. On the anvil are plans for new kinds of books, even ebooks.

Any tips for wannabe publishers? "You really have to love your authors," she says. Does her lifestyle now resemble Pringle's? "I do wear higher heels than most people and many times I do have wine at lunch," she says.

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