JLF 2017: HOT TYPE
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.