Manas Saikia joined the book industry in early 1973, as a 19-year-old novice representative at Oxford University Press (OUP). After 45 years in the industry, Manas says he is still learning every day.
After OUP, he did short stints at Springer and the British Council and then joined Cambridge University Press in 1985. After opting for an early retirement from Cambridge University Press India in 2014, he started a publishing and distribution organization called Speaking Tiger Publishing Pvt Ltd.
The first Speaking Tiger Books came out in February 2015. Since then over 320 titles have been published by Speaking Tiger including books by well-known Authors like Ruskin Bond, Gulzar, Jerry Pinto, Nandita Haksar, Wendy Doniger, Nayantara Sahgal, Mark Tully, Anubha Bhonsle, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar, Ravish Kumar, and Shanta Gokhale, to name a few.
In addition, Speaking Tiger distributes publishers like World Scientific, De Gruyter, Head of Zeus, Tulika Children’s, Arcturus, Reaktion, Hurst, Jolly Learning.
Manas Saikia is well on his way to establish Speaking Tiger Pvt Ltd in his second innings. It is already a well-known and respected brand name among the readers, Institutions and the book industry.