Publishing News [National]

Rajput Arms & Armour: The Rathores and their Armoury at Jodhpur Fort is a radical book which challenges arms and armour orthodoxy and is essential reading for scholars, collectors and dealers interested in India and its wider culture.

Authored by Robert Elgood and published by Niyogi Books, the book was unveiled in the presence of William Dalrymple, art historian, curator and author along with Karni Singh Jasol, director, Mehrangarh Museum Trust at the Bikaner House recently.

The programme started with the unveiling of the book and a welcome note from the publisher, Bikash De Niyogi, who then invited Robert Elgood to let the audience know about the backdrop of the subject.

Elgood explained the cultural content behind Rajput battles and arms which necessarily meant slaying which would mean a straight entry to heaven. Next William Dalrymple spoke highly about the book. He quoted the book as a “magnificent weightlifting object printed on highest quality art paper, best editing, design etc.” He also stressed on the importance of preserving history and historical objects.

Karni Singh Jasol, Director, Mehrangarh Museum Trust spoke about the troubles Robert took in making this book see the light of the day. As all the armoury is in the basement space of the fort, so Elgood had to spend hours literally in a dungeon which has resulted in this beautiful book in context to the arms and armour. Next volume will be soon out on the firearms collections of the Mehrangarh fort.

Prabhat Prakashan, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, is one of the leading publishing houses in India. They have a glorious history of fifty years of publishing quality books on almost all streams of literature, viz. children books, fiction, science, quiz, humanities, personality development, health, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, etc. For the last fifteen years, they have been continuously winning accolades for excellence in book publication.

Their list of authors includes persons of repute like former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam; Louis Hay, Napoleon Hill, former Chief of Indian Army Gen JJ Singh, Saina Nehwal, Nobel laureates such as Sir V.S. Naipaul and Mohd. Yunus; President of America, BarackObama, American foreign secretary Hillary Clinton, former President of USA, Bill Clinton; former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee; former Deputy Prime Ministers of India, L.K. Advani and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel; Politicians such as Nitish Kumar, Mamta Banerjee, Narendra Modi etc.; noted social activist H.H. Dalai Lama and renowned industrialist J.R.D. Tata. Other contemporary writers include Verghese Kurien, ‘The father of White revolution in India; former director general of CSIR, R.A. Mashelkar; noted journalist Arun Shourie; social activist Sudha Murthy; famous authors Chetan Bhagat, Deepak Chopra, Robin Sharma; former parliamentarian Dr. L.M. Singhvi; business tycoon such as Dr. Vijaypat Singhania, Kishore Biyani, Motilal Oswal and many more.

Ocean Books Pvt. Ltd., their English division, is also an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, publishing books on various topics of general interest. Prabhat Prakashan is one of pioneer publishers of children books in Hindi. Also publishing Sahitya Amrit—a reputed leading Hindi literary monthly since Aug, 1995.

At the recently concluded New Delhi World Book Fair (January 6-14, 2018, New Delhi), Gita Publishing House celebrated the author, Dada J.P. Vaswani Centenary Year. It has always been the objective of the publishing house to spread the enlightening messages of Dada J. P. Vaswani, beyond geographic borders. Several customers thronged the stall, recognising his daily talks on the spiritual news channels and some repeat customers, librarians and principals, purchased more books from over 160 book titles.

At the recently concluded New Delhi World Book Fair 2018, Vani Prakashan celebrated its 55th year in business. Situated in Hall 12A and spread into the area of 16 stalls, Vani Prakashan (338-353) made these nine days of the fair special by organising events almost every single day. Arun Maheshwari, the Managing Director and Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal, the Director of Vani Prakashan were seen managing the events of the stall and taking care of the guests on all of the days of the fair.

On the very first day itself, Padma Shri Usha Kiran Khan graced the stall with her presence. She talked about her experience in Hindi and Maithili writing and her relationship with literature as a whole. On the next day, writer Narendra Kohli was invited for a short meet and greet with his fans.

Famous Hindi Poet Anamika also graced their stall on one day. While, famous NDTV reporter Abhigyan Prakash had a conversation with Aditi Maheshwari-Goyal on the other. Other famous personalities who graced the occasion were Bengali writer Tasleema Nasreen, Purushottam Aggarwal, Gagan Gill, Sudhish Pachauri, and Kshama Sharma.

On 10 January, World Hindi Day, Vani Prakashan organised its ‘Upanyas Kumbh,’ which was moderated by Ajit Rai and the guests were writer Balendu Dwivedi, senior journalists Rakesh Tiwari, Pradeep Saurabh, Sahitya Akademi Award winner Nasira Sharma, and journalist and story teller- Gitashree. This session was followed by a Nukkad Natak (Street Play) on Balendu Dwivedi’s newest book Madaripur Junction, performed by the theatre group called The Third Bell.

The company also organised Kavita Kumbh with media partner Amar Ujala. The session was moderated by renowned journalist Sanjeev Paliwal and the guests included senior poets Anamika, and Madan Kashyap, young writer Jyoti Chawla, senior writer Sunita Budhiraja, Dalit writer Rajat Rani ‘Meenu’, poets Arun Dev and, Nilay Upadhyay, Bengali writer Tasleema Nasreen, and the youngest of the lot- poet and writer Deepak Ramola.

Vani Prakashan also organised other events like Gazal Hastakshar and Bal Sahitya Kumbh. Many new titles were also launched at the show.

Ratna Sagar – a leading educational publisher – has recently launched a new imprint, viz. Ratna Books, which is dedicated to publishing translations of literary texts from Indian languages into English (Ratna Translation Series – Celebrating Indian Languages in English).

The first three titles were released recently, where eminent poet Ashok Vajpeyi was the chief guest. The panel that discussed “Literary and Cultural Dimensions of Translation” included another eminent writer Keki N. Daruwalla and Professor GJV Prasad, professor, Centre for English Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

The Marathi translation of a collection of Gangadhar Gadgil’s short stories was also released in Mumbai by Ramdas Bhatkal (Popular Prakashan), who has published most of Gadgil’s work in Marathi. At the event, eminent writer Usha Tambe discussed the intricacies of translation with Keerti Ramachandra, who has translated Gadgil’s stories.

More recently, the Malayalam translation of Malayatoor’s The Sixth Finger was released by eminent writer Sethumadhavan at the Kochi International Book Festival. Professor RK Jayasree was in conversation with Prema Jayakumar, the translator of Malayatoor’s novel.

The initial three titles are translations from Tamil, Marathi and Malayalam. The next in the series are from Telugu, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati and Kannada. Under consideration are from Urdu, and more from Marathi, Tamil, Bengali and Kannada.

Ratna Books plan to publish about ten translations a year.

–GS Jolly(With inputs from Ratna Sagar)