Who We Are
Mr. Gulab Sapkal founded Prafullata Prakashan on May 1st 1996 with a vision of publishing good quality Marathi books on diverse range of subjects. So far, the publication has published 100+ books on various subjects like Trekking, Mountaineering, Novels, Stories, History, Educational, Geography etc… Many books went on to become bestsellers and many books have been selected by Maharashtra government to buy them for governent library program.
Shripad Sapkal, Owner
Shripad is essentially one of the toughest experienced mountaineer and rock climber you are likely to meet to provide informative insights on your everyday hill routes (climbing Tekdi) as seriously as your expedition to Everest. His 24 years of experience is certified by the Basic, Advanced, Search and Rescue, Method of Instruction, Liaison Officer, Alpine Climbing, Trek Leader’s Course (Teach the Trainers) Courses all from prestigious Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi. A Certified National Judge for Sports Climbing from Indian Mountaineering Foundation. Not to mention a Basic Skiing Course and a Disaster Management Course! Having climbed some of the most interesting and dangerous mountains in the world, Shripad was awarded ‘Best Mountaineer’ in 2005 by Girimitra Sammellan. He was selected for an International Climbing Camp held in the UK and holds a record of First Ascent for 3 peaks in India. As an insider to the world of Adventure and a storehouse of information of gear and locations to use it, he is central to your experience at Stepin Adventure.
Gulab Sapkal, Owner
Mr. Gulab Sapkal did his BA in Geography from Ahmed Nagar and then took B.Ed. degree to become a teacher. He comes from a modest background of farming. He worked as a daily wage earner during his college days to earn his living and fund his studies. But once he became a teacher, he never looked back. He is vivid reader and a good critic and a hardcore environmentalist. During his tenure in 1 of Pune’s schools, he got a Maharshtra government’s ‘Vanashree’ award for taking an initiative of planting & growing a forest around the school. He has inspired countless students and people in general to study, dream big and to work hard for social causes through his own life and simple living and the causes he worked for e.g. environment, books, education etc. In 1996, He took a plunge into entrepreneurship and founded this publication house to never look back. The publication house has become a well known name in the Marathi Sahitya circuit due to the quality of books and diverse range of subjects he publishes. He has also encouraged many people to come forward and turn authors successfully. Many of the books have received multiple awards and recognition by mainstream print and digital media.