India Today - - LEISURE -

Mu­si­cal per­for­mances, hand­i­craft sales, art ex­hi­bi­tions and snipe ses­sions notwith­stand­ing, the lit­er­a­palooza in Jaipur is still about those black squig­gly marks on pa­per. Here are some of the ac­tual b-o-o-k-s that au­thors were shilling: The Rise of Si­vagami by Anand Nee­lakan­tan You know a book is big when the pub­lisher un­veils the jacket like it’s Sal­man Khan’s next ‘look’. That’s the treat­ment Nee­lakan­tan’s pre­quel to the wildly suc­cess­ful film Baahubali—which hits shelves in Hindi, Malay­alam, Tamil and Tel­ugu on March 7—got in Jaipur. The story traces the child­hood of the queen of Mahish­mathi, Si­vagami and the royal slave Kat­tappa. Sus­pected Po­ems by Gulzaar Beloved for his work in films from Ijaazat (yes!) to OK Jaanu (not so much), Gulzar in­jected some Hindi-Urdu street cred in his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress, ad­mon­ish­ing the brown sahibs to put more fo­cus on In­dian lan­guages. Then again, he has sev­eral English trans­la­tions of his screen­plays out this year, as well as the first English trans­la­tion of Sus­pected Po­ems. The Tar­tan Tur­ban by John Keay The his­to­rian was in Jaipur for a few propah hand­shakes in ad­vance of his up­com­ing tale of Alexan­der Gard­ner, The Tar­tan Tur­ban. Un­justly for­got­ten, Gard­ner, a Scotch-Amer­i­can mer­ce­nary, was ei­ther “the nine­teenth cen­tury’s most in­trepid trav­eller or its most egre­gious fan­ta­sist, or a bit of both”, who served as a colonel in the Sikh army of Ma­haraja Ran­jit Singh.

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