Flix Friday, April 17, 2015 - 05:30
After eight years with Penguin Random House India, publisher Chiki Sarkar will leave the firm later this month, business daily Mint reported. According to Mint, Sarkar is set to leave the firm on April 23. She has worked with both Penguin and Random House India before they were merged in 2014. In a statement, Penguin Random House said that the firm was sorry to see her go, but respected her decision to “try something new”. Sarkar said that she had spent eight “extraordinary” years at the firms and would always be a friend and support to the company. Scroll reported that Sarkar was not the only one to leave the company. Four others too are exiting at the same time: R Sivapriya, managing editor, who looked after the classics and translations lists, Nandini Mehta, a senior editor who commissioned books by high-profile writers, Jayashree Ram Mohan, who ran the company’s formidable team of copy editors, Gavin Morris, who designed many of the books and their covers, besides managing the design team. According to Scroll, the company has reportedly been told to bring in profits, threatened by a market that doesn’t seem too keen on buying books. It is unclear if this was the reason that Sarkar and others are leaving the company. Social media users have expressed regret at Sarkar's exit while wishing her well It's tough to imagine @PenguinIndia without the brilliance of @Chikisarkar but I'm hoping there are exciting projects coming ahead. :) — Lipi Mehta (@lipi_meh) April 17, 2015   .@Chikisarkar, Siva, Gavin quit Penguin-Random http://t.co/98Y4LLCR90 what a loss. i hope this talented group starts-up — Durga Raghunath (@durgaraghunath) April 17, 2015   Publishing shakeup: @ChikiSarkar and 4 others quit the merged @PenguinIndia @RHIndia. Why? What now? http://t.co/TwRusQ94hU @scroll_in — Arunava Sinha (@arunava) April 17, 2015   New publishing house in the offing now that @Chikisarkar and some others from Penguin are leaving? — Ambarish Mohanty (@mohantyambarish) April 16, 2015   @Chikisarkar Best of luck. It was great working with you. Am sure you will continue to set the benchmarks for others to emulate. — Ravi Subramanian (@subramanianravi) April 16, 2015