FE: Publishing is probably the only profession in which women even out men and are doing almost as well. Why do women take so easily to publishing
Padmini: It might be because the essentials required to make a success of publishing are akin to a womans intrinsic nature a strong sense of aesthetics, patience, persistence and staying power (to see a project through). Also, I realised a long time agothe willingness to remain anonymous and work behind the scenes. It is always the author that is in the forefront.
FE: Even within publishing, women seem to be concentrated more in editorial work, and very few are marketing or distributing books. You are among the few that have gone whole hog into publishing. How did that happen
Padmini: Theres no point just producing a bookyou have to sell it!! In our case, of course, weve been lucky to find our titles slipping into the market quite easily, as IBH is primarily a distribution company, and the books we publish get into the distribution stream by default.
FE: What would you attribute to the sudden boom in publishing and the mushrooming of Indian publishing houses
Padmini: If there is growth in Indian publishing it is, like everything else, a result of globalisation. Certainly the opening up of more retail bookstoresespecially the megastoreshave supported this boom. And globally, Indian writing is securing its place of prominence as are all things Indian.