By Narayan Das Chowdhury Standing in Park Mansions, a week after Mrs Shirin Paul gave me a Long Service Award, with authors, literary giants and guests from Kolkata, India and abroad, I felt really proud of how Apeejay was using our heritage building to make Park Street the cultural hub of Kolkata. Perhaps it was the first time that the lawn hidden away from bustling … Continue reading Me, Mr Jit Paul and my 25 years of service to Park Mansions and Apeejay
by Maina Bhagat As we prepare to celebrate the 10th year of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, (Jan 18- 20th ) and herald the upcoming centenary of India’s much loved Oxford Bookstore Park Street, I sit here in my office at the Oxford Bookstore contemplating the journey, which is, indeed, the destination. I believe , as the Spanish novelist Jorge Carrion enunciated beautifully, Every bookshop … Continue reading Why a Bookstore creating a Literature Festival is as Special as it is unique!
Tune in to Moneycontrol’s podcast “Digging Deeper”, which is a series on family businesses in India, to listen to the fascinating journey of Apeejay Surrendra Group, tracing the evolution of the Group borne out of a patriotic fervour in 1910 to employing over 43,000 people in multiple operations in tea plantations and tea brands, fast-moving consumer goods, shipping, boutique hotels, real estate , bookstores and … Continue reading Apeejay Surrendra Group: Digging Deeper with Money Control
By Maina Bhagat As the much loved heritage Oxford Bookstore Kolkata inches its way towards a “Century in Books”, I take a peek into its role in the life and times of this great city, and reminiscence randomly through the two decades of my close association with the legendary store. “You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and … Continue reading Oxford Bookstore’s Century in Books
By Neeta Sreedharan As the third edition of Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize culminated at Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 last week, the jury said, “The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize has come of age!” The prestigious prize, instituted by Apeejay Surrendra Group’s nearly 100-year-old Oxford Bookstore in 2015 to recognize and encourage the extraordinary work of illustrators, designers and publishers across India, is held … Continue reading Celebrating Brilliance in Book Cover Design with Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize
By Anjum Katyal This journey began with Alice Walker, celebrated Pulitzer Prize winning writer-activist, whose unforgettable The Color Purple was a rite of passage in my undergraduate days. She pledged to come to us in January 2017 and the excitement of that promised treat was the wind beneath my wings as the planning for AKLF 2017 started. But as the year steamrolled ahead, it got … Continue reading Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival – Love in a Time of Vitriol