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Serendib: one of the many names for Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Taprobane;
an Arabic corruption of the Sanskrit compound Simhaladvipa, "Dwelling-Place-of-Lions Island"

Serendipity: n : accidental sagacity; the faculty of making fortunate discoveries of things you were not looking for;
ref. Horace Walpole and the Persian tale, The Three Princes of Serendip

It was at least five years ago that I first started wanting to start a small press. I even knew what the name would be -- Serendib Press, after one of the ancient names of the island where I was born. Some say it's inevitable, that if you work in publishing long enough, eventually, you'll want to start your own small press. I've also been warned that once you start, putting out new, beautiful books quickly becomes an addiction. You start wanting to publish more and more books, until publishing eats up all of your time, energy, and money. I'm hoping that won't happen here, since I'm primarily a writer and professor, and the plan, at least, is to publish no more than two books per year. We'll see what happens, though. For now, let's just say that I'm very happy to launch Serendib Press. A place where, hopefully, you will find some beautiful stories that you never expected.

- Mary Anne Mohanraj, Publisher


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