A Note from Zubaan Books
[18 September 2003]


In 1984, Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon founded Kali for Women, Indiaís first feminist publishing house. Their objectives were to publish quality work, keep overheads low, and ensure that not only the content, but also the form of what they published met international standards. Within five years of its establishment, Kali had become self-sufficient. Over the years Kali has come to be seen as one of the most significant publishing houses within Indian and internationally. Its name stands for quality, editorial attention, excellence of content, and, most importantly, for providing a platform for womenís voices to be heard. 

Now, nearly twenty years later, Kali for Women will be dividing its activities into two independent imprints Zubaan and Women Unlimited, headed by Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon respectively. 

ìZubaanî, which means tongue, voice, language, speech in Hindustani, will initially publish as a joint imprint with Kali. Like Kali, Zubaanís focus will be on women, and many of the Kali backlist titles will continue to remain in print under a Zubaan/Kali joint imprint.

Zubaanís list will continue focus on the kinds of books that comprised Kaliís core strengths:

Academic and general books
Small pamphlets and booklets
In addition, we will be expanding into new areas such as:

More popular books
Books for young people, especially teenage girls and young women.
Picture books
Books in Hindi for a wider market.
We will also be establishing a Book Club and a website soon.
Working with Urvashi in Zubaan, will be well-known editors such as Anita Roy, Preeti Gill and Jaya Bhattacharji. 

Zubaan is a non-profit publisher, committed to keeping book prices low, putting back all profits into developing books ñ books which we hope will innovate, challenge, entertain, delight and inform our readers all over the world.


K-92, First Floor,
Hauz Khas Enclave,
New Delhi ñ 110016, INDIA
Tel: +91-11-2652 1008, 2686 4497 and 2651 4772
Email:  zubaanwbooks@vsnl.net       

For your convenience and information, weíre enclosing a list of titles that Zubaan is responsible for, including some of the forthcoming titles. Weíd like to keep you regularly informed of new titles and for this we need to update the Zubaan mailing list. Hence, may we please have the following information?

Postal Address:
Telephone numbers:

Please forward this notice to others who may be interested in having their name included in the Zubaan mailing list. In case, you do not wish to receive any further information from Zubaan, please let us know.

With best wishes,


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