Arpita Das

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Lead – Word Lab
arpitad at iihs dot ac dot in

MA in Islamic History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


Arpita Das joined publishing in India after completing her Masters in Islamic Studies at SOAS, University of London. She worked in various editorial positions with diverse publishing houses like HarperCollins India, Sage India and OUP India before starting her own independent publishing house called YODA PRESS in 2004.Between 2009 and 2013 Das ran an indie bookstore called Yodakin in South Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village, which became a popular hub for readings and book events in the city. Das began teaching students of the MA in Publishing programme at Ambedkar University in 2013 as Adjunct Faculty, and co-founded a self-publishing startup called AuthorsUpFront in early 2014. In the same year, YODA PRESS completed 10 years.

Her writings have been published in Asian Age, Hindustan Times, the Statesman, Business Standard, Mint Lounge, Biblio, OPEN Magazine, Kafila, DOMUS, Timeout Delhi, DailyO and HuffPostIndia. She has also recently become a columnist with Mail Today. In late 2014 she joined IIHS to set up its Word Lab and to systematise its publishing programme. Arpita and her team curate and conduct writing workshops aimed at writers writing across media.

Selected Publications
  1. Das, A. (2016, November 26). FYI SRK: being feminist. Shethepeople.TV.
  2. Das, A. (2016, June 29). We are all in the city now. The Mint.
  3. Das, A. (2015). Benjamin and the city: city as riddle and metaphor. Domus India, 4(7), 76-79.
  4. Das, A. (2015, February 18). Why I spy on people reading on the Delhi Metro. DailyO.
  5. Das, A. (2013). Gotham capital. Domus India, 2(7), 84-87.
  6. Das, A. (2015, March 05). India’s daughter: why bans are a slippery slope to hell. DailyO.
  7. Das, A. (2015, March 31). Why The Vogue Empower Video Did Nothing For Me. The Huffington Post.
  8. Das, A. (2015, June 21). AAP’s Propagandist Ad Is Speaking To The Delhi Man’s Ultimate Fantasy. The Huffington Post.
  9. Das, A., & Bhatia, G. (2012). What’s wrong with audacious possibilities? Domus India, 2(1), 80-83.
  10. Das, A. (2005). The Colonial Bibi. In First proof: the Penguin book of new     writing from India. New Delhi: Penguin Books.

For more details, see Google Scholar profile.