Rumour Books India (RBI) is one of India’s youngest and leading publishing house, and is the only publisher from North India to have a national presence.Founded in 2013 by Mr. Reekrit Serai and Ms. Radhika Panickar, RBI has, in the brief period since its inception, already scaled the bestsellers’ lists on Amazon, Flipkart, Crossword and The Hindu.

In the summer of 2014, RBI published an anthology of short fiction, edited by the bestselling author Harsh Snehanshu, titled Mango Chutney, which gave a platform to unpublished writers to get published. Anees Salim, the winner of the Hindu Literary Prize 2013 praised the anthology, stating that it, “deserves a loud cheer.”, while former Miss India, Gul Panag, was all praises too.

RBI is devoted to publishing quality fiction and non-fiction which has the potential to provoke and influence at the same time. All of RBI’s titles are headliners in their respective categories, such as Matabele Dawn by Saad Bin Jung, an epic novel proving to be a crucial unifying link between Africa and India, which the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, described as “a pure delight!”. Being one of India’s top publishers of crime fiction with titles such as Bhendi Bazaarand Deja Karma by Vish Dhamija, touted as India’s John Grisham (a no.1 bestseller in crime fiction on Amazon India and a Crossword bestseller), Pune Murder Chronicles (a Crosswordbestseller) and The Girl Who Loved a Pirate by Kulpreet Yadav, RBI plans to publish 10 new crime titles this year.

Since inception, RBI has published novels in the categories of romance, crime, thriller and humour. In the year 2015, RBI will publish around 20 – 25 new titles, each carefully selected after a gruesome shortlisting procedure to ensure that only the best stories get to reach readers.

Apart from publishing, RBI has taken the onus of promoting the literary habit in the region through its initiatives. Being the official organisers of the Panchkula Literary Festival (PLF), where budding as well as well-known literary personalities are given a common platform to interact with audiences in the North, RBI prides itself in being hailed by the media as a “publishing house that does more than its bit for society”. PLF has been touted as “the biggest literature festival in North India beyond Delhi” and “spellbinding” by Hindustan Times. Over a 100 authors have participated till date. PLF2015 crossed the magical number of 5,000 footfalls, which was unheard of previously in the region.