Nitai dasji, the devotees are ready to assist and the Lord will soon shower you with mercy ! I hope this man is not sick. That would be the only thing stopping the production.
However we think that Nitai Chand will bless him with good health from 2010 on and he will live at least a hundred years. 40 more years of publishing, at 2 books per year = 80 books. Brace yourself, the Sapphire is about to blaze through the universe. But it won't happen if the publisher is sleeping. Where is the man hiding?
Thanks, everyone, for your offers of help and support. It is encouraging to me. No, the publisher has not been asleep but busy. He is teaching at present and that is sucking up more of his time than he thought it would. Nevertheless, it is time to get serious about creating some sort of a system or machinery that will crank out books of high quality and uncommon worth. I need to think this through and come up with a solid plan that can be applied to each and every book. Let us see where we stand:
1. Graphic design 2. Indexing (none of our books have indexes yet)
This seems to be where things stand at present. It also occurred to me that much of the textual typing has already been done. It is available at the Gaudiya Granth Mandir and has mostly been done by Jan (jagat). If I use Jan's materials, I should certainly give something in return. That can be in the form of donations to the GGM or an improved version of the text, or both. There is a great wealth of material available at the GGM.
Here is the most recent list of works for production:
1. A new edition of the classic by Shishir Kumar Ghose, Lord Gauranga. [The first half of this has been typed. It awaits editing]
2. A translation of the Sri Krsna-lila-stava of Sri Sanatana, perhaps the first CV book. [The introduction needs to be finished and the translation reworked. Then it needs editing]
3. A biography of Siddha Manohar Das Babaji (already translated, waiting for corrections and editing).
I will handle typing in all of Dr. Kapoor's books, except for his book on Caitanya. I have Baro Baba's book The Life of Love, already half-way done and parts of each of his two Saints Books. I will next work on the one you want Nitai Dassji - The Companions - right Visakha?. As you know I will continue to edit and proof-read copy and support monetarily. BTW - it is Visakha Dassi who is doing this typing work! May God Bless her!
Do you have a copy of the Gosvamis of Vrndavana? That has long been out of print and is the one I would like to see come out next. Also there is his small book on the Raga-marga which needs some careful annotation (since it is partially wrong). Even though it needs some careful handling, it is an informative and worthwhile book. The Caitanya book is the same way. Those fanatical sections need to be properly explicated or if they are found to be unsupported, cut out.
Good idea, Subrataji. I am currently working on a book by Dr. Guy Beck on the songs of the Radhavallabha traditoin. He has recorded at least 108 songs over the years. A couple of sample CDs will come with the book and if purchasers want they can purchase the whole set on 18 CDs! We need something like that for the Caitanya tradition. Who can we get to do the singing? Are there any great kirtaniyas left in Bengal? If so, who? Radhapada does a fine job, too. Are there others? Subrataji, you know the situation better than anyone else on this forum. Perhaps we should try to create a project to record these songs before they are lost.