Aleph Book Company is an independent Indian publishing firm founded in May 2011 by David Davidar in partnership with R. K. Mehra and Kapish Mehra of Rupa Publications India. Ravi Singh joined the start-up about six months later as co-publisher, and Bena Sareen shortly thereafter as Creative Director.
At Aleph, our focus is on publishing books of enduring literary quality. The hallmarks of the fiction and non-fiction the company publishes are originality, style, substance, readability, and that ineffable quality that separates the merely competent from the good and the great. Aleph’s authors run the gamut from debut or unheralded writers at the cutting edge of fiction and non-fiction to well-established names who are emblematic of literary excellence in India and throughout the world. Our writers include (in alphabetical order): Adil Jussawalla, Amitava Kumar, Aranyani, Arunava Sinha, Arundhathi Subramanium, Barkha Dutt, Bulbul Sharma, Charles Assisi, Chetan Raj Shrestha, Cyrus Mistry, Damon Galgut, Devdutt Pattanaik, General V.K. Singh, Gillian Wright, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Harsh Mander, Indrajit Gupta, Indrajit Hazra, Ira Trivedi, Jerry Pinto, Jonathan Gil Harris, Khushwant Singh, Kunal Verma, M. Krishnan, Malavika Singh, Mamang Dai, Mani Rao, Manjushree Thapa, Manu Shetty, Maria Aurora Couto, Mark Tully, Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Naresh Fernandes, Nilanjana S. Roy, Nirmala Lakshman, Omair Ahmad, Pamela Timms, Pavan K. Varma, Peter Smetacek, Pranay Gupte, Rajmohan Gandhi, Rakesh Batabyal, Ranjit Hoskote, Ruskin Bond, Salil Tripathi, Shankkar Aiyar, Shashi Deshpande, Shovon Chowdhury, Timeri N. Murari, Valmik Thapar and Wendy Doniger.
In 2013, Aleph's first full calendar year of publishing, we will publish approximately fifty titles, including reissues and paperbacks of last year's hardcovers, in the following categories – fiction, history, biography, autobiography, current events, reportage, travel, popular science, art, music, nature studies, the environment, business, translations, philosophy, sociology, psychology, popular culture – as well as works of narrative non-fiction that are not easily categorized. Every book we publish will reflect our emphasis on excellence in editorial quality, design, printing and packaging.
The publishers of Aleph Book Company, David and Ravi, have decades of experience in working with renowned novelists and non-fiction writers. In addition to the authors they publish at Aleph, they have also edited or published writers like Alice Munro, Amitav Ghosh, Arundhati Roy, Dom Moraes, Gurcharan Das, Khaled Hosseini, Kiran Desai, Mark Tully, Mohsin Hamid, Namita Gokhale, Patrick French, R. K. Narayan, Ramachandra Guha, Rohinton Mistry, Romesh Gunesekera, Romila Thapar, Shashi Tharoor, Sudhir Kakar, Suketu Mehta, Vikram Chandra, Vikram Seth, William Dalrymple, Wendy Doniger, Yann Martel and Zadie Smith.
Our team comprises (in alphabetical order) A.K. Singh (and his team), Aienla Ozukum, Amar Srivastava, Ankit Pahwa, Chander Shekhar (and his team), Hina Mobar (and her team), Meenakshi Singh, Neeraj Gulati, Rahul Verma, Raj Kumari, Ritu Vajpeyi-Mohan (and her team), Simar Puneet and Sudeshna Shome Ghosh.