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!
A regular online reader of yours will be reading you offline.
Thanks! Don't expect to see the book for another month though. It's in a "queue" and probably won't reach stores until mid-December.ReplyDelete
Still smiling at the promo photo. How does Foxie like the book?ReplyDelete
Sudipto: oh she prefers movie magazines with Saif on the cover. But you should see the "author's photo" inside the book - it's basically a picture of Foxie, with me visible very dimly in the background. (On some days I convince myself it was worth writing the book only to have her inside it!)ReplyDelete
The author's photo might give the impression that Foxie was the ghost-writer. Ever wondered?ReplyDelete
(Which makes me feel that a reverse perspective on, say, the James Herriot stories might be an interesting idea.)
Oh Congrats man. Super stuff.ReplyDelete
Congratulations, Jai. It is interesting how words printed neatly and bound inside a jacket always feel so much more credible. As for indexing, I am sure you know that there is a piece of software to index books.ReplyDelete
Incidentally, when Jaane Bhi Do Yaron was released as a young journalist I gathered up the entire cast at Naseeruddin Shah's house to do a feature for the Free Press Journal. I am sure I have that clipping somewhere.
Here is wishing you that the book becomes a bestseller.
Verrry looking forward to, much. You know. :)ReplyDelete
Foxie is being adorable. That's all.
Fantastic - congratulations. Looking forward to reading it!ReplyDelete
Always liked your blog articles. Being a die-hard JBDY fan, coupled with how you write about movies and books, will surely be waiting for the book.ReplyDelete
Brilliant! Congratulations and really look forward to getting my hands on it. Will probably have to have it mailed by someone though. :)ReplyDelete
Congratulations Jai! Any idea if this book can be bought in/shipped to the US?ReplyDelete
"Thoda khaao, thoda feko, maja aata hai!" Definitely irrelevant here but always wanted to write that and this is the closest context that I have come across in a long time!
when Jaane Bhi Do Yaron was released as a young journalist I gathered up the entire cast at Naseeruddin Shah's house to do a feature...ReplyDelete
Mayank: that must have been fun! And now that you mention it, I think I've seen that clipping.
longblackveil: Foxie grunts her thanks. (She was very groggy when this pic was taken - I disturbed her afternoon siesta.)
Any idea if this book can be bought in/shipped to the US?ReplyDelete
Jaideep: no idea yet, but I'm sure it will be possible to have it shipped. I'll let you know as soon as I know.
This is one book I'd love to get my hands on. The film has been an all time favourite.ReplyDelete
I like the new look of your blog. Haven't been here for a while.
Have already warned bookstore to keep a copy aside when it arrives!ReplyDelete
hey i hope it looks okay...i did some subtle corrections to the cover even in the last moment...ReplyDelete
Pinaki: it looks great. I was afraid it might be a very glossy cover where the effect on the faces wouldn't come out properly, but it's turned out really well. Thanks so much again!ReplyDelete
That pose looks familiar :-) I will be in Delhi in the last week of December. Will the good people at Bahri Sons stock it?ReplyDelete
PS: Can we call JBDY a desi Rules Of The Game?
I'm dying to get my hands on it. Have already told my local store to inform me the moment they get a copy.ReplyDelete
I cant tell you how thrilled I am that a book has been written on the film, even more so, that its been written by you
Congrats Jai! Looks awesome! Now waiting for the launch. :)ReplyDelete
Ping me when that happens and we would love to do our part. :)
Congratulations ! I follow your blog very keenly.
Cant wait to get my hands on this book.
Shall be in Delhi from 25th to 27th this month. Hope you haven't forgotten about the interview i want to do. please mail me your phone number and i'll call you to fix time and all. my email id is email@example.com
Hey! this is wonderful - I am a regular reader and wanted to chime in with the congratulatoy notes. Any idea when USA people can get this via Amazon etc.?ReplyDelete
Ok, never mind, I read the comments. Congratulations, anywho!
Fantastic! Now I look forward to reading it sometime soon.ReplyDelete
Congrats Jai. Looking forward to getting a copy soon.ReplyDelete
I absolutely love the picture of Foxy with the first copy )) can't wait to buy the book.ReplyDelete
Congratulations. Like the rest, can't wait to read it.ReplyDelete
Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it. Are launches lined up?ReplyDelete
Thanks again, everyone!ReplyDelete
Sumana: no idea about launches, but the book should be in stores by Dec 10. (Possibly. I'm told.)