A new script

Written by Garima Pant | Updated: Jan 3 2011, 05:08am hrs
The year will begin with a bang with the first edition winner of the $50,000 DSC Prize for fiction, to be announced at the Jaipur Literature Festival in January, and the excitement will just build up with interesting releases as the year progresses. The second part of Amitav Ghoshs Sea of Poppies trilogy is one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year. Ruskin Bonds Susannas Seven Husbands, along with the screenplay by Vishal Bharadwaj, has generated quite a buzz and is eagerly anticipated. Industry watchers feel the sector has been growing, and translations, children's books and even pulp fiction has never seen a better time than this. Interestingly, there has also been a surge in the popularity of biographies.

Experts also feel that publishing in the country has never been more vibrant, more alive, more exciting. The number of publishers has increased be it big, medium or smalland they have brought with them new ways of seeing and doing things. The stiff competition by these new entrants has made the veterans pull up their socks and adhere to newer trends. Books have surpassed the need to be grammatically correct. It's more to do with communication and reaching out to the maximum readership. Imprints also made it big in 2010 and the coming year promises more interesting initiatives and entrants. And with the international focus shifting towards e-books or books that can be read on mobile phones, the possibilities are endless even at home.