I next, the bilingual daily from Jagran Prakashan, is bringing out a Leisure Time series of books. The first in the series, Khoob Kahi, has already been launched.
Khoob Kahi is a collection of Hindi satire published in I next, in a column by the same name. The book was released last week in Kanpur, at the Jagran Institute of Mass Communication.
The initiative is also part of the merchandising vertical I next ventured into, earlier this year.
Khoob Kahi will be available in bookshops in I next markets: Lucknow, Kanpur, Meerut, Agra, Varanasi, Allahabad, Dehradun, Patna and Ranchi. It will also be available through Wheeler's at railway stations.
The second book in the series is a compilation of jokes, and will be out in the market in a couple of months. The jokes would be both in Hindi and English.
The third book is a compilation of Hindi short stories. I next will soon invite budding writers to submit their short stories for the book.
According to Sanwal, about 20 per cent of the stories in the book will be from young and budding writers. "The rest could be published/unpublished work -- with credits, wherever applicable -- from established and well-known Hindi writers," he adds.