On Tuesday, news broke that Amazon India was closing publishing company Westland Books which it acquired in 2017. One of India’s largest publishing houses, highly sought after by established and aspiring authors, is on the about to close its doors. Starting as East-West Books in 1962, it was acquired in 2016 by Amazon from Trent Ltd, a subsidiary of the Tata Group. The news, since it arrived, has saddened many authors and bibliophiles who dealt with the books published by the publishing house.
Over the years, the name has stood out for releasing a rare, brave, and refreshing breed of releases for which it has captivated readers. In a market often dominated by leftist writers, Westland has established itself as the voice of people with different opinions and expressions. The publishing house has contributed to the intellectual rotation of the nation in more ways than one. As scholars bid farewell to publishing excellence, here is a list of some groundbreaking works published by Westland…
1. Amish Tripathi
Best-selling author Amish Tripathi is one of the best-selling writers in India who started the mythological fiction series The Shiva Trilogy. The first book in the trilogy, “The Immortals of Meluha” was the first book written by Amish that was published by Westland. Over the years, after The Shiva TrilogyAmish wrote three out of five books in his next ramachandra series, and a non-fiction collection of his speeches under the title ‘immortal india‘ with Westland. Confirming that Amazon notified him of the decision to shut down Westland, he said he had yet to set specifics on how the decision would affect the release of his previous and upcoming titles.
2. Rujuta Diwekar
Renowned fitness expert and dietitian Rujuta Diwekar has written five of her best-selling books under the title of Westland. Women and Weight Loss Tamasha, Don’t lose, practicePregnancy notes: Before, During and after, Eating in the Age of Diets and Notes for healthy children. The wellness author who often struggles to deliberately eat contextual diets has produced numerous books rooted in Indian wisdom around fitness and wellness.
3. Harsh Gupta Madhusudan and Rajeev Mantri
First-time authors Rajeev Mantri and Harsh Madhusudan Gupta set out to write their book ‘A new idea from India‘ making many points in recent political debates, which was published by Westland in October 2020. The book cultivates the idea that India is a ‘civilizational state’ with a strong defense of individual rights. The idea behind the book grew out of a discussion among political intellectuals debating the uniqueness of the “idea of the idea” touted by many thinkers from the conservative Nehruvian spectrum. Since then, the book has topped many rankings in non-fiction lists and was arguably one of the best books published that year.
4. Ram Madhav
Ideologue RSS published his new book The Hindutva Paradigm last year under the Westland banner. The book is an ode to the ideals of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay was one of the founding members of the political unit that preceded the BJP, the Janata Party. This argues in favor of Upadhyay’s philosophy of integral humanism to be a process of thought beyond the Western normative frameworks of capitalism and communism. For those who debate the vitality of Hinduism over Hindutva, this is a must read!
5. Nalin Mehta
The New BJP by Nalin Mehta was one of the books recently published under the Westland banner. The political analyst in his new book traces the course of the party in the Modi era. His research thesis and data-driven analyzes showed how the Saffron Festival found its new electoral core among women and the so-called lower castes. “It’s shocking to hear and it’s a terrible blow for publishing in India. Westland and Karthika (the publisher) have published amazing books and done an amazing job. This decision is unfathomable and my heart goes out to Karthika and his wonderful team,” Nalin Mehta said of the development.
We couldn’t stop at five! – 6. Smriti Irani
When news of the Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Welfare, Smriti Irani, went author with her new book, her fans were thrilled to get a copy as soon as possible. Lal Salaam written by Smriti is a fictional account based on the real story of a CRPF Jawaan who fought off a Naxalite attack in central India. Published by Westland, the politician-turned-author’s literary work has won acclaim from many established writers, thinkers and avid readers.