Gulzar is a renowned Indian poet, filmmaker, lyricist and writer. He has five collections of published poems to his credit – Jaanam, Kuch aur Nazme, Chand Pukhraj Ka, Triveni, and Autumn Moon, as well as various collections of short stories – Chauras Raat, Dhuan, Ravi Paar, Splinter and Other Stories, and Kharaashein. He has scripted for over fifty films, notable among them being Anand, Guddi, Bawarchi, Namak Haram, Khamoshi, Aandhi, Mausam, Khushboo, Parichay, Maachis, and Hu Tu Tu. He has been honoured with the National Award seven times. Gulzar was also honored with the Padma Bhushan (2004). He won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the International Grammy Award for Jai Ho – Slumdog Millionaire (2009).
This alphabet book is a tribute to the iconic images, symbols, and signature Indian experiences in verses that are profound, wise, playful, and lyrical. But each verse has Gulzar’s stamp on it. The intention of the book is to celebrate India as we all know it – in its own language by its own celebrated poet who can elevate even a cloud filled with rain into a deeply emotional experience.
Captivating water colour illustrations by Rina Singh are subtly rich in colour and evoke a nostalgia of all things Indian..