The press release finally came in on Friday. A week after former Penguin India publisher Ravi Singh had his last day in office, Penguin India appointed Chiki Sarkar, editor-in-chief Random House India, as his successor.
“Not only is she incredibly bright, creative and driven but I believe she has the vision and passion to run one of the most exciting and prestigious publishing lists in the world,” said Penguin India CEO Andrew Phillips. “I’ve always thought that getting Shobhaa De, then a journalist at Stardust, to write her sex and shopping stories is one of the cleverest moves David Davidar, the head of Penguin India made.”
That was Chiki, now 34, writing in Seminar in August 2009. Incidentally, Aveek Sarkar, Chiki’s father and owner of the Ananda Bazar Patrika media group, is a stakeholder of Penguin India.