Got my first copy of the Jaane bhi do Yaaro book on Friday. It looks good. Very compact (272 pages, with a six-page insert of photos) and it turned out just the way I was hoping it would when I first saw the cover on email. The black colour, the clapboard with the title and the movie reel on the sides make it look a bit like one of the Faber books on film, which is pleasing.
One thing I really appreciate (and I think I have Harper Collins’ Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri to thank for this) is that they put an Index at the end. It adds a touch of gravitas, but more than that it gave me a kick just to read the movie titles and people names mentioned in the Index – Godard’s Bande à part, Werner Herzog’s Woyzeck and Milos Forman’s The Fireman’s Ball sharing space with the Jeetendra-Jaya Prada starrer Tohfa. Not to mention Socrates, Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, Dostoevsky’s Raskolnikov and Raj Kumar Kohli's Jaani Dushman. Heck, if I hadn’t written this book I might almost want to read it!