Thursday, 28 February 2013

Freelance Work at Pearson Education - Updated

Daniel Luiz's e-mail address is

He has asked me to inform anyone interested in doing freelance editing that they may do an exercise created by him. This exercise can be downloaded by the candidate and he/she will be allowed more time to complete it.

Unlike the results of the test conducted on 19 February 2013, the results of this exercise will be made available to those who take it. Therefore, it will be a good indicator of how the candidates' editing skills have developed. I strongly recommend that all students and alumni of the course (as well as non-students interested in freelancing) attempt it.

Daniel has sent me the exercise, along with certain instructions. The files for it can be downloaded from
His instructions, as sent in an e-mail, are:

You can take as long as you want, and use Google, Wikipedia, and to your heart’s content—just make sure that you’ve done the best you can with all the resources at your disposal. I’m also sending you a short PowerPoint presentation that covers some of the basic elements that appear in most house styles. It’s no Butcher’s Copy-editing, but it should give you some idea of what to look for while editing a manuscript.

I also recommend that you read Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. The print version is surprisingly difficult to find in bookstores, but Strunk’s 1918 edition is available here: This slim volume should be required reading for anyone who wants to write readable prose, and will serve you well even if you choose not to pursue a career in editing. 

When you’re done, send the edited file to with your name in the file name separated by underscores (for example, CE_section_daniel_luiz). I
f you have any problems with the files or need something clarified, feel free to contact me. Good luck.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Project Outlines - 2012-2013 Batch

These companies are going to be auctioned on Monday, 4 February 2013. This is part of your project work. Read and enjoy.


The class will sort themselves into companies. The first time we did this the class made the teams among themselves (this did involve a little groupism, but one wants each group to be able to work together well, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Besides, companies are pretty groupist). We then gave each team five lakhs of virtual money and auctioned the companies to them. Another possible way of doing this is to appoint the five most active students ‘CEO’s of the companies they like best and have them ‘hire’ their team. Either way what you want is a good match between the team members and their company.

Each company gets this basic outline of who they are and what they do. They can augment this profile or to a limited extent modify it. Augmentations may include company logos, mission statements, vision, codes of conduct and corporate social responsibility, even balance sheets and stock quotations if they’re feeling inventive. However they mustn’t lose sight of their firm’s core competencies, or damage the company’s existing brand equity.

The team decides an overall policy for their company’s new list in keeping with their line of business or their policy decisions so far, and each team member individually develops a book or a series within that plan. The companies will present together, with an introduction of the firm by the CEO and then individual presentations by the team members.

The book suggestions given at the end of each company profile are suggestions only. Then can be modified, replaced or added to as the team chooses.

Each team member must generate the following

1. A concept note for the book or series, including title (and subtitle if any). If a series, then a general outline of the series with descriptions of the first three titles in it. The concept note will include the type or genre, an outline of the content, a few notes on the target readership, a summary of the probable need and a brief description of your marketing strategy.

2. A private note to your boss (or yourself) detailing the profile and/or CV of the prospective (fictitious) author or editor. You can base this on a real person, but not too closely: give them a made-up name and background. Essentially what we’re looking for here is your idea of the kind of person who would be best to write or edit your book/series. The profile should include the prospect’s published work both with the company (if any) and outside, professional expertise, suitability and strengths, celebrity status and fan following if any, and known issues (such as slow delivery or sloppy grammar). Bear in mind that this is a confidential memo. Note also that genius writers can also be a little—how shall I put it?—psychologically fragile, and you will have to deal with that. It helps if you forewarn your boss a little.

3. A proposal letter addressed to the prospective author, embodying the essential points of your concept note. Remember that your concept note is likely to be modified, sometimes quite radically, by your author or editor, and you want this to happen because they are the subject expert and may have strong opinions on how the books should be done. However you also want to make sure the book turns out useful and marketable. So in this approach letter do not lay down the law, but make it clear to your author that you are open to negotiation on some points of your proposal. Be careful to get the tone of your letter right, and keep in mind who you are addressing. The process of actually building the book will happen through discussion and negotiation with the author. Expect long working lunches to happen.

4. A look-and-feel sample of the finished book. This includes the cover with blurb (keep in mind that your cover design should showcase the content of the book, be appropriate to it and help to sell it) and one or two double spread inside pages (use any text such as the lorem ipsum template to demonstrate the page design and layout). If your book has illustrations do one opening with an illustration and one without. Also keep in mind that fiction is more immersive than non-fiction and therefore needs a less busy page design.

5. A marketing strategy. This has already been roughly outlined in your concept note; here you flesh it out and give it life. Your strategy will depend very much on what kind of book it is and who are the readership. You will have to be creative here. For instance, you could promote a cookbook through a website, cooking blogs and/or a TV cooking competition. Be bold but keep in mind the cost burdens that your book will have to carry. In general, specialist books for a small readership at a cheap price have dirt cheap marketing, and if any of these variables is large the marketing budget goes up. If you have cost constraints, explore how social networks and viral marketing might help you. Also keep in mind what is ‘cool’ to your intended readership. A marketing strategy that doesn’t take the tastes of readers into account will fail.

When you present, each person must take us through the process of developing the book, touching on all five points. If all the members of a team are working on a series, the general editor may introduce the series and the team members may deal with their individual books. Grading will involve a base grade for the company as a whole, with a top up for each individual depending on the quality of their presentation. Hence you must work together as a team and share expertise with each other as well as develop your individual projects. Work out your book concept notes before the second module starts and utilise the sessions upstairs in the computer room to develop the deliverables such as cover and layout.

Presentations will happen at the end of the course and recruiters may sit in on them. If you want to be thorough, develop a print version as well as power point presentation so that you can use the print version as your portfolio for recruiters. 


1. Rosebud Children’s Books

A fifteen-year-old private limited publisher of illustrated children’s books, Rosebud does about twenty books a year, is quite respected in the field, and did well in the 1970s and 1980s. Its best known books were the Leela series, a set of illustrated storybooks for young girls of the 8 to 14 age group intended to teach life skills, dealing with issues like a new baby in the family, homework, sports, shopping etc. They also produced the popular Kalu Kaka series of illustrated storybooks for boys of the same age group, which taught math and science through the figure of Kalu Kaka, a retired scientist who would design homemade experiments for the young boys who came to visit him. There were also a number of general knowledge and popular science reference books. Sales of these series were very good and Rosebud was a good investment in those days.

In the 1990s, Rosebud lost market share because of failure to modernize the list. The older writers have died or become frail and the company did not then make enough of an effort to cultivate enough younger writers till now. The majority stake in the company was bought in 2009 by the Rainbow Printing Works and a new team of young college graduates drafted in. They discovered that by and large, the copyrights of the older books were now worthless, but the company has been supporting some of these authors all their lives and letting some of these titles go suddenly out of print might involve adverse publicity. However, if the company wants to continue to bear the cost of printing and offering these books for sale, it will have to start making a decent profit.

The team began by clearing old stock and retrenching the company’s assets. Rosebud is now stable enough to contemplate floating new series. The team is now creating a plan to salvage Rosebud’s flagging fortunes while keeping its core image of being a socially responsible children’s publisher. Rainbow plans to print Rosebud’s new illustrated titled at its own four-colour printing house so as to be able to price cheaply. Some ideas for new books that have been discussed are as follows:

(a) A guide on traffic safety and/or civic sense for 8-18-year-olds, using a funky new character as mascot, in comic book format.
(b) A guide to using the internet responsibly for 8-14-year-olds,
(c) Primers on sex and gender issues for 12-16-year-olds,
(d) Environment-related activity books for 8-14-year-olds.

2. Gimlet Press

This is a publisher of poetry books based in Scotland, founded in 1989 by a Punjabi and a Senegalese poet. They are primarily known for their prestigious poetry festival held in Glasgow every August which also serves as a marketplace for them to get new authors for their list. In the UK they run a number of competitions such as poetry slams, online poet-a-thons and write-ins, for which the prize is usually a book contract with them. Another popular line is books of poetry with themes, such as golf, sandwiches or cats. They are particularly known for promoting the poetry of non-white minorities in the UK such as rap and dub. Recently they have begun ‘Gimlet Hour’ a programme airing on Radio 4 showcasing young performance poets.

In 2008 the founders visited Mumbai and attended the Kala Ghora Arts and Literature Festival. They made a lot of contacts and became interested in entering the Indian market. To that end they have hired a bunch of bright youngsters and given them the task of launching Gimlet in India. The team have to come up with a strategy and pilot projects to establish Gimlet as the premier poetry publisher in India, beginning with English but with plans to expand into vernacular markets in future.

Some ideas that have been discussed include:

(a) a book of poems by a new, happening and trendy young urban author. You will have to profile this person and design the look and feel of the book, which must reflect the author’s edginess.
(b) a really good translation of a well known out-of-copyright book of poems in an Indian language. You will have to identify the book and profile the translator.
(c) a book of selected ‘slam poetry’ generated by a series of poetry slams that Gimlet will organize in cities around the country. If successful this could be an annual thing.
(d) a book of 55-word love poems by various hands.

3. Express Research and Publishing
Express Research and Publishing is a German company that publishes doctoral theses. They came to India in 1999 but found that the number of good doctoral theses worth publishing was abysmally low. They published a few disastrous titles, the low point coming in 2004 when a thesis they published turned out to have been plagiarized wholesale from a series of internet articles by Andre Beteille. The bad publicity from this almost caused ERP to pull out of the Indian market; the only thing that stopped them was the convoluted bureaucracy involved in shutting down a company in India. While talks were on to close the Indian branch down, a new CEO in Berlin decided to give India another chance. In 2010 the head office in Berlin fired 70 percent of the old Indian team and hired fresh young graduates. This team has been given the task of rebranding ERP and reinventing its list. They have been allocated a million Euros and five years to do this: if they fail to show a two percent return on investment by 2015 the company will close for good. The name of the company cannot be changed for forex reasons.

The team has been given a fairly wide mandate. Their task is to find a new vein of reference, academic and technical publishing that ERP can exploit. Some ideas that have been tossed around include:

(a) a series of guides to the best colleges and universities in India for those seeking admission to various streams; this series of print volumes will be backed up by a website where realtime updates will be posted by ERP’s research team. The team is deciding whether to divide this by stream, city or ranking.
(b) a series of books on new courses in Indian academia such as film theory, culture studies and gender studies, intended for first year students
(c) a series of creative writing textbooks
(d) a series of guides for young publishers, including what to expect when joining a publishing firm, basic skills needed, editing guidelines, design and production, marketing, specialty editing for STM, rights handling, commissioning and other topics.

4. Screaming Silver Fantasy and Fiction
Screaming Silver was set up by a group of ex-Caltech NRIs who have returned to India, and are based in Pune. They are a publisher of games, books and web content catering to the 15-25 age group. Popular games include GothCarnival, Bullionaire, and All the World, all real-time strategy massively multiplayer online games as well as stand alone PC installs, popular with teenagers and also with parents as they are perceived as edutainment. The games are based on game theory concepts and are designed to teach players negotiation skills, forward planning and efficient resource use. The scoring pattern and bonus system privileges skills that are useful in the real world.

All these games have two supporting manuals, one for the player which explains how to play the game, and one for parents and educators which explain the game concept and skills taught by the games. These Teacher Notes also reassure parents and teachers that the games are not a waste of time. Screaming Silver would like to achieve more penetration into Indian schools with these games, but is encountering stiff resistance, partly because of technical issues with hardware and internet access, but also because of lingering suspicions from teachers and administrators.

Last year Screaming Silver ran a popular gaming competition and acquired a certain amount of visibility among the youth. They have just started up their publishing wing and have had some success publishing their game manuals. However these sales piggyback on the popular games and the head office wants some stand alone titles in the market to boost perception of SS as a serious publisher. Some ideas the team have come up with include:

(a) a book of research profiling new teaching methods, out of the classroom teaching and their effects on learning, skill-building and retention. Probably this will have to be done in partnership with a progressive school which would provide a testing environment.
(b) a book of short stories on the theme of the quest.
(c) a short guide to gaming for the Indian audience, including basic dos and donts.
(d) a book popularizing game theory concepts for a general audience

5. Watermelon Books

Watermelon was founded in 1977 by a group of women journalists in Mumbai as a partnership. It began as a publisher of women’s magazines, the flagship titles being House and Home, for urban housewives, and Saheli, for the suburban audience. However from the beginning there was disagreement among the partners as to how to manage these magazaines, with a minority wanting to make them more ‘gossipy’, filmi’ and entertaining. In the 1990s, facing eroding market share as many older publishers did, the minority won the chance to try an experiment and launched a series of romance novels called Passions, which failed as the books were too expensive, not well written and not marketed widely enough, though they still remain popular among women travelers on the Mumbai suburban trains and sell from railway bookstalls on several platforms. Now most of the original partners want to retire and are looking for young professionals who can take their place, failing which they will shut the company down.

They have agreed to take on a team of fresh young publishers on a trial basis to be their replacements, and have asked them to come up with a vision to take the company forward. Some suggestions for new books the team is considering include:

(a) a series of novellas on inter-community romance, mild to medium hot (the rationale being that the forbidden is much more exciting than the permitted)
(b) a non-fiction popular reference book about Indian love habits
(c) a satire of saas bahu serials.
(d) a series of ‘his’ and ‘hers’ tongue-in-cheek guides to dating in the Indian context for the young urban professional.

6. Big Productions

Originally a TV serial producer, Big Productions went into publishing in the 1990s when they found that the scripts of their TV serials could be repackaged as books for the show’s fans. They specialized in domestic and corporate drama, and under their publishing banner they hired a team of ghostwriters to hammer the scripts into novels. The popularity of these persuaded them to publish novels on these themes independently of the shows, but these did not do so well, primarily because the ghostwriters couldn’t keep the action tight enough if they did not have a ready script to work from. Big Publishing decided they needed to attract better writers who could come up with fresh stories, but the company’s reputation was not attractive to serious writers. The company did experiment with hiring an established prize-winning writer to be overall editor of the fiction lines, but this did not work as the readers felt the resulting books were too highbrow and refused to buy them.

Big Productions needs to find a middle road that will attract talent and new readers but will not alienate the core readership who are used to the sensational drama titles. A team of young publishers has been hired to accomplish this. They need to identify the kind of titles that will fit in with their existing reputation while offering enough newness to attract readers. They also need to identify the kind of authors who offer the best skill set for their titles. Some possibilities include:

(a) a non-fiction book on real-life saas-bahu stories
(b) a series of true-crime books
(c) a novel or series on family drama
(d) a novel or series on corporate corruption.

7. Karnan Books

A large wholesaler established in the 1950s by Vijay Karnan, the son of a freedom fighter, Karnan made its reputation as a publisher with educational books for regional markets, as well as Vikas Kiran, a successful swadeshi weekly newspaper promoting village education and uplift. In its heyday Vikas Kiran had a readership of over seven lakhs in five languages over the country, and was published from eight offices. However, a large part of VK’s revenue came from Panchayat libraries which got grants to buy it. The contract with the Central Government on which this market was based lapsed in 1996 and was not renewed, largely because of complaints about VK’s falling quality. The heir, Vikas Karnan, avers that its failure was due to his refusal to pay bribes. The educational list was not updated after this, although many of the primary textbooks had become iconic in rural areas. Asha Kiran, the civics textbook, became the generic name for all textbooks on the same subject in the Hindi-speaking belt, such that teachers would ask students ‘Have you brought your Asha Kiran?’ even if they were actually using some other textbook.

However, the company languished, and the Karnan family’s investment in the publishing side dwindled over the next ten years, though they continued to run the wholesale business. A family feud in 1999 led to the publishing firm being hived off and given to a younger son, who was incapable of running it; the wholesale arm was renamed Karnan Distribution. In 2005 Karnan Books went into receivership. It was taken over by Deutsche Bank which auctioned it to Futuria, a private equity firm, in 2009. Futuria aims to turn Karnan Books around and make a profit from it in five years. Accordingly they have put together a team of young professionals to develop a new list for the firm.

The core strength of Karnan Books is its visibility in the rural market, and Futuria wants to capitalize on this with a new batch of books to address the needs of the 2010s. Preliminary market research by the new team has indicated that village readerships are hungry for information on the globalised economy and want titles like the following:

(a) a ‘dummies’ guide’ to the share market,
(b) a slightly more advanced guide to export-import, finance and recession
(c) a book on low cost technology for use in rural areas, giving practical advice and copious simple diagrams.
(d) a simple guide on how to file an FIR, open a bank account, get a passport, use speed post, money transfer, electronic voting machines, make the most of mobile phones etc.

8. Sportacus Books

A publisher of sports books set up in 2000 by a pair of retired cricketers, Sportacus wants to appeal to the young. Based in Pune, they have already published the biographies of two eminent cricketers of the last century along with a rather odd assortment of books relating to sport. The most notorious failures among these were 100 Things You Didn’t Know About Cricket compiled from the internet by a venerable old pace bowler, and The Autobiography of a Pitch, apparently by an eminent cricketer but actually ghostwritten by his eleven year old niece. Naturally both of these titles lost a lot of the founders’ personal savings, and the company was only saved by a bailout from an angel investor who was a fan of their game.

Till recently the two partners were averse to hiring professional help and wanted to do everything themselves, but they are now quite frail and realize they cannot carry out the more onerous tasks and haven’t the energy to develop the list. They have also lost confidence over the near bankruptcy and are very reluctant to risk any more money. The only capital available is five and a half lakhs left over from the angel’s bailout. The founders want to remain connected to the company, but have put a team of young people on the job who will look after the business and plan for the future.

The company’s strengths are the reputations of its founders, which continue to open doors and give access to current sports stars for the new editorial team. The company’s weakness is a lack of vision on the ground, such that the projects undertaken so far have been costly, dull and badly put together. The team’s first task was to politely scrap a few editorial disasters that were brewing in the hands of the founders’ friends and family. They then sat down to brainstorm new titles, and came up with the following. They have to work under fairly stringent monetary constraints, so big sales are a must.

(a) a history of Indian cricket by an eminent historian and well known fan, formatted like a coffee table book but selling for half the price. Costs to be kept down by sticking to greyscale for the illustrations.
(b) a set of pamphlet guides to things like the doosra, sledging, and other cricket trivia, written by figures associated with them or experts on them, with illustrations by a famous comic book artist.
(c) a cricketing primer with tips from eminent players.
(d) a book for girls encouraging them to take up sports

9. Inner Light Press

A publisher of spiritual books in the 1960s, Inner Light has seen its market erode recently. It’s not that people are not buying spiritual titles, but rather that Inner Light’s bestsellers seem quite dated in the present market, and little has been done to update them. Inner Light has now tied up with Soup with Crotons, a Canadian publisher of self help books, to repackage and adapt SWC’s titles to the Indian market. Most of SWC’s titles have a North American Christian flavour, which is why they cannot be launched as is, but SWC is willing to allow adaptation of the basic material by Indian writers. A team of young Indians has been given the task of going over SWC’s list and picking out the books that will work best for IL. They will also have to find and approach Indian authors to do the work of adaptation. They are launching these books initially in English but plan to diversify into at least three major Indian languages by 2016.

The team has to keep in mind that the work of adapting will require a sensitive understanding of cultural difference and the ability to reinterpret social situations across cultures. At the same time, the books must be popular and written in an accessible style. They must look and feel reassuring and calming, ‘like a good friend you can rely on’, as the VP in charge of rights for SWC had explained to the team. The team has shortlisted the following books for the first phase of adaptation:

a. A book on how to cope with divorce
b. A book on how to adjust to and handle adopting a child.
c. A book on how to cope with or lessen work-related stress.
d. A series of books for parents on different neuropsychological problems in children such as dyslexia, stuttering, epilepsy, autism etc, and how to manage them.

10 FrameWork 10

FW10, as its fans call it, is a startup comics publisher founded in 2007 by an NRI who got out of Wall Street in time to avoid the crash of 2008. For the past few years it has been surviving by republishing comics from the US and Canada in India, mainly from small, independent, often creator-owned houses. But because FW10 cannot pay very high copyright fees, the quality of this material has tended to be uneven, and sales have been slow, although the company has acquired a small but loyal cult fan following. Some of these titles are realistic adventure, some are fantasy, some are manga-type bubblegum romance, some are horror and some ‘adult’, a catchall genre that includes a series about a tavern caught in a time-warp in Spanish Harlem, a manga yaoi tribute about a six-foot-tall transvestite named Harvey, and a series about a planet of half-plant people with four sexes. However, because many of the source houses abruptly fail or simply miss their deadlines, FW10 has never been able to finish a series and has a bit of a reputation among its readers for this; on one fan site they were quoting odds on the chances of the latest acquisition ever seeing its final volume.

While this cult status has worked for FW10 till now, it is rather precarious, as cults can die without warning, and the founder now feels it is time to begin publishing original Indian content and building a local list that will be high quality and high profile. To that end, he has hired a team of young professionals to sniff out new writers and artists and relaunch the brand. He recognizes that since there is as yet no established comics culture in India, the new creators will need a lot of handholding in the technically difficult business of making comics, and he has counseled his team to expect to have to give a lot of input for the first few titles. He has suggested that the team start by holding a series of workshops in the four major cities where writers and artists will come together and create a sixteen page story each. He has set aside a budget of twenty seven lakhs for this, and hopes that each workshop will generate three or four possible titles. He wants it made clear to the participants that these are intended to be books for adults, not children.

The team has decided to concentrate on four major themes: participants can choose which one they want to work on, and the best stories on the four themes will be collected into four books. They will have to make sure that the workshop are advertised correctly and they get enough good content for their volumes to get off the ground, so they will have to screen participants and ask for writing/artwork submission beforehand. The themes are:

a. The New Millennium: Future worlds, alternate worlds
b. The Secret Life: What lies beneath the world we know
c. Stranger in a Strange Land: Being lost, being in the wrong place, being misunderstood.
d. And So I Came to Paradise: The lineaments of gratified desire

Monday, 25 February 2013

Watermelon Books - Profile (2012-13 Batch Project)

What started out as a partnership in Mumbai by a group of women in 1997, soon became a publisher of women's titles (House and Home and Saheli, to name a few). Watermelon Books aimed at the hordes of female trainfarers travelling in and around Mumbai as its prospective audience. With dissension rising among the partners over "sensationalizing" the content of these magazines, the company started declining, with a failed attempt in the Nineties to make a comeback with a series of Romance novels. 
             However, a group of young and aspiring editors have now taken the challenge of raising "Watermelon" to new and unforeseen heights of glory in the publishing world. Our books are meant to draw the attention of middle-class women who indulge in daily soaps and dramas on television.We also plan to launch a series of youth-based campus-love stories and inter-communal tales of passion in the face of social stigmatization. Our other projects include a non-fiction popular reference book regarding Indian love habits, a satire of saas-bahu serials and a series of "his-and -hers" tongue-in-cheek guides to dating in the Indian context for the young urban professional.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Submission of Book Fair Assignment

I have received reports from 34 students out of 48. Five students are working on a separate assignment, but I need nine more people to submit their assignments to me.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Interviews for Jobs in Pearson Education India

Pearson Education India will hold interviews for editorial positions from 21 February 2013 to 23 February 2013. The 19 candidates listed here are requested to turn up for the interview. They are requested to bring one hard copy of their CV with them. No other documents are required.

The interviews will be held in Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri's room in the Department of English, Jadavpur University. To reach it, walk up the main staircase, turn left and walk to the end of the corridor, and then turn right. The room is at the end of that corridor, next to what is currently the PG-II classroom.

Candidates are requested to turn up 15 minutes before the time mentioned next to their names.

The candidates (along with the days on which they are expected to turn up) are:

Thursday, 21 February 2013, 11:30 a.m. onwards:
  • Abira Nath - 11:30 a.m.
  • Amrita Kar - 12 noon.
  • Ananya Adhikary - 12:30 p.m.
  • Arnab Chakraborty - 1 p.m.
  • Avinash Noel Antony - 1:30 p.m.
  • Chandrani Datta - 2 p.m.


  • Debjanee Chakrabarti - 3 p.m.
  • Diya Sinha - 3:30 p.m.
  • Moinak Choudhury - 4 p.m.
  • Paromita Sengupta - 4:30 p.m.
  • Pritam Bhaumik - 5:00 p.m.
  • Rajdeep Pal - 5:30 p.m.
Friday,, 22 February 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m:
  • Anukta Ghosh - 11:30 a.m.
  • Rudrani Mukherjee - 12 noon.
  • Sanhita Sinha - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, 23 February 2013: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m:
  • Sinjita Basu - 2:30 p.m.
  • Sayani Biswas - 3 p.m.
  • Saptarshi Deb - 3:30 p.m.
  • Upasana Saraswati - 4 p.m.
Please let me know if any candidates cannot come for the interview on the date/at the time specified as soon as possible.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Location and Time of Editing Test for Pearson Education Interviews

The editing test is tentatively scheduled to be held in the Department of English, Jadavpur University, on Tuesday, 19 February 2013. The test will, in all probability, start at 16:15. It will be held in Room A2/18 on the first floor of the UG Arts Building. This room is more commonly known as the PG-I Classroom, and is situated opposite the Library of the Department of English.

Candidates who have not yet sent in their CVs are free to turn up for the test. CVs may be brought directly to the interview.

No preparation is needed for the test. A pen and a brain are all that you need to carry.

Students Who Have Submitted CVs

I have received CVs from the students listed here. Unless specified, I have assumed that students who will not finish their degrees in 2013 intend to work as freelancers, and that students who will finish their degrees in 2013 (or have already done so) intend to apply for full-time jobs.

The students who have sent CVs for job applications are:

  • Abira Nath
  • Amrita Kar
  • Ananya Adhikary
  • Arnab Chakraborty
  • Avinash Noel Antony
  • Chandrani Datta
  • Diya Sinha
  • Jhelum Roy
  • Joyinee Ganguly
  • Moinak Choudhury
  • Pritam Bhaumik
  • Rudrani Mukherjee
  • Sanhita Sinha
  • Saptarshi Deb
  • Sayani Biswas
  • Shubhankar Das
  • Upasana Saraswati
Students who have applied for full-time jobs can also work as freelancers.

The students who have sent in CVs and intend to work as freelancers are:
  • Angana Moitra
  • Anuja Khatua
  • Barsha Saha
  • Debani Deb
  • Debjanee Chakrabarti
  • Deeptesh Sen
  • Dibyajyoti Ghosh
  • Hiya Chatterjee
  • Marilyn Kwan Kharkongor
  • Nibedita Sen
  • Ritwika Sanyal
  • Rudrani Gangopadhyay
  • Shinjana Mukherjee
  • Sreyashi Mukherjee
  • Sulagna Chattopadhyay
  • Vedatrayee Banerjee
Please let me know if anyone else has tried to send me a CV, for I have not received any others yet.

Jobs in Pearson Education (Updated Notice)

Pearson Education intends to hire for various full-time positions in its Noida office. Someone from the firm will hold interviews next week (the week beginning 18 February 2013), in all probability on Thursday, 21 February, and Friday, 22 February. Candidates who have been awarded a Masters degree or will be awarded one by the end of 2013 are eligible to apply. Interested candidates should send me their CVs. My e-mail address is

The firm also wishes to create a pool of freelancers to work with them on a project-wise basis. Any graduate (including students pursuing courses who will not finish this year) with good language skills can apply. Please send me your CVs if you are interested in working as a freelancer.

Both categories of candidates will have to appear in an editing test that is tentatively scheduled to be held in the Department of English, Jadavpur University, on Tuesday, 19 February 2013. The test will, in all probability, start at 16:15.

Students who have completed this course in earlier editions may also apply for these positions.

Prospective freelancers will be encouraged to attend a briefing session that will be conducted by editors from Pearson Education on Saturday, 23 February 2013.

When you send me your CV, please use this subject line: "Curriculum Vitae - <first name> <middle name> <surname>" (and nothing else). This will help me sort the e-mails properly.

Please send me your CVs by Monday, 18 February 2013.

This post will be updated whenever more information is made available to me.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Location of Classroom for Design Classes

The classes on design will usually be held in the Project Room of the School of Cultural Texts and Records. This room is located on the third floor of the UG Science Building, being the last one in a corridor that houses classrooms and offices of the Film Studies Department.

The Saturday classes will usually be held between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

On Saturdays, the gates of the UG Arts building are usually locked. Students have to enter through the UG Science gate, which is located on the left immediately after the parking space. The large sign that says "UG Science Building" may be looked for. Students should enter through that gate, take the first set of stairs on their left and walk up to the third floor. They will see a small wooden door, usually open, that leads into the corridor where the Film Studies department is located. Students have to enter the corridor, walk down to the end and enter the room whose door lies directly in front of them.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Deadline for Submission of Book Fair Assignment

Students are requested to submit the assignment on the Book Fair by Monday, 18 February 2013. Those who have been unable to do this assignment may do another in its stead, the details of which will be announced at the beginning of next week.

Invitations to Join Blog

I have resent invitations to join the blog to the students listed here. They are requested to accept the invitations as soon as possible, since the invitations will expire in a few weeks. The students who have been re-invited are:

  • Abhijit Dutta
  • Abira Nath
  • Ananya Adhikary
  • Anindita Banerji
  • Anuja Khatua
  • Anwesha Rana
  • Arnab Chakraborty
  • Avinash Noel Antony
  • Biaas Sanyal
  • Debjanee Chakrabarti
  • Indrani Banerjee
  • Jhelum Roy
  • Lopamudrra Chatterjee
  • Marilyn Kwan Kharkongor
  • Mithu Karmakar
  • Moinak Choudhury
  • Nibedita Sen
  • Parthojit Chowdhury
  • Ritwika Sanyal
  • Rudrani Mukherjee
  • Sanhita Sinha
  • Saptarshi Deb
  • Sayani Biswas
  • Shinjana Mukherjee
  • Shinjini Chattopadhyay
  • Sreyashi Mukherjee
  • Sudipa Palit
  • Sumit Singha
  • Tina Kaviraj
 The invitations have been sent to the addresses provided by them in the student information form handed out at the beginning of the course. If any of these students have not received an invitation, please get in touch with me.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Editing Using Microsoft Word

Please follow the link given here to access a presentation that provides a good overview to editing using Microsoft Word. This should act as a useful supplementary to the class taken on this topic.

We would like to thank Amarjyoti Dutta, currently working in Pearson Education India, for this presentation.


Monday, 4 February 2013

Division of Class into Groups for Classes in the Arts Faculty Computer Room

The classes dealing with editing using computers will be held in the Arts Faculty Computer Room, which is on the third floor of the UG Science Building. You will be told how to reach that room today, and I will repeat the directions tomorrow. The first class in that room will be held on Thursday, 7 February 2013.

The class of 48 students will be divided into two groups of 24 students each. Each group will do the same class, but on different days. Therefore, Group A will have its first class in the Computer Room on 7 February 2013 (Thursday), while Group B will have the corresponding class on 8 February 2013 (Friday). On days when a group does not have a class, it is not expected to turn up, and the attendance will be adjusted accordingly.

The students in Group A are:

Abhijit Dutta
Abira Nath
Aishani Roy
Amrita Dutta
Amrita Kar
Ananya Adhikary
Angana Moitra
Anindita Banerji
Anuja Khatua
Anwesha Rana
Arnab Chakraborty
Avinash Noel Antony
Barsha Saha
Biaas Sanyal
Chandrani Datta
Debani Deb
Debjanee Chakrabarti
Deeptesh Sen
Devika Singh
Diya Sinha
Hiya Chatterjee
Indrani Banerjee
Jhelum Roy
Joyinee Ganguly 

The students in Group B are: 

Lopamudrra Chatterjee
Marilyn Kwan Kharkongor
Mithu Karmakar
Moinak Choudhury
Nibedita Sen
Parthojit Chowdhury
Pritam Bhaumik
Ritwika Sanyal
Rudrani Gangopadhyay
Rudrani Mukherjee
Sanhita Sinha
Saptarshi Deb
Sayani Biswas
Shahana Yasmin
Shinjana Mukherjee
Shinjini Chattopadhyay
Shubhankar Deb
Sreyashi Mukherjee
Sudipa Palit
Sulagna Chattopadhyay
Sumit Singha
Tina Kaviraj
Upasana Saraswati
Vedatrayee Banerjee

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Kolkata Book Fair Assignment

Students are requested to attend the Kolkata Book Fair 2013 being held at the Milan Mela ground off the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. The fair is expected to run till 10 February 2013. Entry is free.

At the fair, students are requested to select five stalls (selling books, journals or magazines, other categories will not be accepted) and grade them according to a number of parameters, and write down comments about what they felt was good and what they felt was bad about the stalls they had selected. The parameters are listed in a form that can be used by students as a template. The form can be downloaded from:

Please make an attempt to cover different kinds of stalls. Suggested stalls include the Elsevier stall, the Taylor and Francis stall, the Bookline stall, the Script stall and the Jadavpur University stall (Stall No. 296). Students are free to choose others as long as they sell books, magazines and journals. Try not to choose stalls run by houses that publish newspapers, as the content there will be greatly mixed.

The reports need to be submitted by Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Anyone unable to engage in this project must state in writing why they cannot do so. A comment on this post will be the best way of informing me.