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Meet the Team

Urvashi Butalia

Urvashi Butalia

Founder and CEO

Urvashi Butalia co-founded Kali for Women in 1984 and in 2003, Zubaan. With over 35 years of experience in feminist and independent publishing, she has a formidable reputation in the industry in India and abroad. She also has a long involvement in the women’s movement in India, and is a well-known writer, both in academia and in the literary world. She has several works to her credit, key among which is her path-breaking study of Partition, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India which won the Oral History Book Association Award and the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture. She has also taught publishing for over 20 years and is on the advisory boards of a number of national and international organisations. She has received many awards, among which are the Pandora award for women's publishing, the French Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres and the Padma Shree, the highest civilian honour awarded by the Indian government.

Anita Roy

Anita Roy

Director, Senior Editor, Publisher of Young Zubaan

Anita has wide experience in publishing, having worked with Routledge and Manchester University Press in the UK. She worked as academic commissioning editor for Oxford University Press in New Delhi and then helped to set up the Dorling Kindersley office in 1998, which she ran as Executive Director until 2002 when she left to join Zubaan. She is one of the founders of Bookaroo, a children's literature festival, and chief consultant to Jumpstart, a two-day event for professionals in the field of children's books. She is also a writer, with a number of essays to her credit, and has edited several books.

She relocated to the UK in the summer of 2015 and continues to work from there, remaining a much-loved Skype presence in the Zubaan office.

Shweta Vachani

Shweta Vachani

Senior Editor / Head of Digital Development

Shweta has kaafi time ka experience working with publishing houses, including Sage, as well as being involved in the women’s movement for many years. She has helped develop and implement Zubaan’s digital development policy, and initiated their ebooks programme. She headed Zubaan’s Poster Women Project and was involved with the research project on Sexual Violence and Impunity. Shweta is a very focused and dedicated worker who does not let herself get distracted by the 11-year-old vegetable seller who comes to the office every afternoon to sell his goods, by the tone-deaf priest who sings bhajans every morning from the temple opposite and by the young boys from the neighbourhood who use the office as a library and make great attempts at being not quiet. Shweta’s ability to concentrate amidst chaos is her greatest strength. We’re sure the work she puts in goes somewhere. One of these days, the mystery will be solved.

Satish Sharma

Satish Sharma

Director, Chief Financial Officer

Satish has over twenty-seven years of experience working in non-government organizations. He has been with Kali and then Zubaan for fourteen years. He manages the sales figures and accounts of various projects undertaken by Zubaan, as well as contributes a lot to the unhindered functioning of the office space. He can also manage a mean backhand in badminton and give players younger than him a run for their money.

Ishani Butalia

Ishani Butalia

commissioning editor, young zubaan

Ishani commissions and edits for the Young Zubaan list and previously worked on both the Sexual Violence and Impunity (SVI) Project and the Women’s Museum Project. She's a logistical magician and helps coordinate Zubaan’s production schedules (and is kabhi kabhi the reason we meet deadlines). Previously, Ishani has worked with The YP Foundation in New Delhi and Rubbabu in New Jersey.


Meghna for BPlan

Meghna Singh

marketing AND COMMUNICATIONS manager

Meghna coordinates Zubaan’s online presence and social media, making sure you know that we're all hard at work. She also coordinates events for Zubaan's Cultures of Peace festivals, Critical Conversations series and book projects. She's currently putting together Zubaan's self-publishing wing and is our entire marketing and distribution department. (Update 02.03.2017! Meghna has a new chair. She would like you to know.)


Elsy Paul

Elsy Paul

Secretary and Receptionist

Elsy has been a committed employee with Kali, and then Zubaan for over twenty-two years. She manages to be Zubaan’s secretary, bookkeeper and receptionist all at the same time! She very grudgingly agrees to give discounts, occasionally.

Santosh

Santosh

Logistics

Santosh is our office assistant and postal in-charge. He helps with the delivery and processing orders as well as running important errands which enable the smooth functioning of the office.

Usha

Usha

Chef

Usha is an office assistant and our resident cook, and has been working with Zubaan since 2013. She is Young Zubaan’s greatest fan and is slowly and steadily devouring all the children’s books here to improve her English reading and writing skills.

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