Duckbill is a publishing house for children and young adults, a partnership between Westland, India’s fastest growing trade publishing and distribution house, Anushka Ravishankar and Sayoni Basu. We look forward to building a children’s and young adults’ publishing list which will be comparable to the finest in the world. Our list will contain an eclectic mix of books for readers ranging from six-year-olds to young adults.
The Duckbilled Platypus is truly a remarkable creature.
The platypus confounded the scientific community in the early nineteenth century, and almost single-web-footedly overturned the prevailing classification of animals. Its wild mix of physical traits and behaviours didn’t fit in anywhere. Charles Darwin labelled it a prime example of a “living fossil” that had managed to find an unoccupied ecological niche and live, relatively undisturbed, while other creatures crawled towards extinction. We find this egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal fascinating. We hope our books will be interesting and thought-provoking, but we would also like them to be curious, whimsical and joyful, just like the name Duckbill! And we hope to make an unoccupied bibliographical niche for ourselves.
The Duckbill Workshops are writing workshops that we intend to conduct several times a year, in different cities in India, for those who are interested in writing for children. To know more about the workshops, and read some of the writing that the participants produced during them, click here.
The Duckbill Blog is where we write about our books, events and workshops; we also talk of reading, children, platypuses, aliens, cabbages and kings.
For a downloadable catalogue of Duckbill books, please click here. (PDF file)
So we are a hodge-podge of things, just like the duckbilled platypus. And like our namesake, we hope to be anomalous and independent.
But we will not lay eggs.
WESTLAND LTD, headed by Gautam Padmanabhan, is an Indian trade publishing and distribution house owned by the Tata group. It includes EastWest Books and Tranquebar Press. Westland publishes general trade books: the list of titles includes books on popular and literary fiction, food and cooking, spirituality and self-help, health and wellness, history and architecture, general reference, travel and a host of other subjects. The group has several decades of experience in book retail and distribution, and to move into publishing was a natural transition. With an enthusiastic team of experienced editors and designers based in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore, Westland Limited is one of the few publishing houses in India to bring both the north and the south together. Westland is part of Trent Ltd, a Tata enterprise.
Anushka has written more than twenty-five books for children, many of which have been published internationally and several of which have won international awards. She has worked in publishing, at Tara Books and most recently at Scholastic India as the publishing director. As an editor, she has worked with well-known authors like Paro Anand, Manjula Padmanabhan and Meera Uberoi, among others. She has participated variously as author, speaker and resource person, in many national and international publishing events and conferences, including Les Belles Etrangeres in France, the Children’s Book Tour in the UK, AFCC Singapore and Jumpstart and Bookaroo in India.
Sayoni has worked in publishing for over thirteen years, including at Oxford University Press and Penguin India. She was in charge of the children’s list at Puffin India, before she joined Scholastic India as publishing director, a position she held for several years. Most recently, she worked at ACK Media as the group publisher. As an editor she has worked with well-known authors like Siddhartha Sarma, Anushka Ravishankar, Samit Basu, Jerry Pinto, Manjula Padmanabhan, Ruskin Bond and APJ Abdul Kalam, among others. She has participated as speaker and resource person in national and international publishing events, like AFCC Singapore, Bookaroo, JLF, among others, and has taught at various publishing courses in India.