Founded in 2004 with an alternative publishing vision, Yoda Press aims to create lists around subjects which are not usually a priority for other publishers in India, even though they have a critical presence in contemporary discourse, authorship and an audience. Yoda Press is known for publishing on subjects such as sexuality, popular culture, cities and urbanism, architecture as a lived experience, and new perspectives in Indian history and sociology.
Our LGBT list and Sexualities series have been the preferred home for cutting-edge writing in alternative sexuality since 2005. In August 2015, we initiated a joint imprint with Sage Publications for our academic titles, SAGE-YODA PRESS. Yoda Press launched its Fiction list in December 2016. Yoda Press founded a brand new joint imprint for its trade titles with Simon and Schuster India in early 2020.
Arpita Das is the Founder-Publisher of Yoda Press. She is an alumna of St. Stephens College, University of Delhi and School of African and Oriental Studies, London. Arpita leads the Yoda Press Workshops Series for Authors and Editors and is a Member of the Executive Board of PublisHer (www.womeninpublishing.org). She is also visiting faculty at Ashoka University. Arpita writes on book culture, gender, popular culture and bibliotherapy. Her most recent essay 'Jaipur Literature Festival, the Gendered Literary Field, and the MeToo Movement in India' was published in Memoires du Livre/Studies in Book Culture journal.
Ishita Gupta is the Senior Editor and Rights Manager at Yoda Press. She is an alumna of Jesus and Mary College, the University of Delhi where she completed her bachelor's and master's in psychology. She later attended Oxford Brookes University where she was awarded a master's degree in publishing. Ishita was shortlisted for the Editor of the Year Award at the Publishing Next Awards 2020. She also oversees design at Yoda Press.