What other language of India, besides Hindi, would be fitting for the first indian-language edition of Shantaram? None other than Marathi of course, the one which features so loved by the characters of the novel, and one which will be soon available thanks to the efforts of translator Aparna Velankar.
A wonderfully insightful interview with Gregory David Roberts has been published on the great website dnaindia.com over the weekend.
Among the interesting clues given are that Gregory has now ‘just wrapped up the third book of my planned trilogy‘ (The Mountain Shadow) and that he is starting a production company to write for the big screen.
This is welcome news for all people waiting for the Shantaram sequel, knowing that now there should be very little delay in getting the next novel published, we should see it in stores by the third quarter of this year. Greg also indicates that the prequel to shantaram in the triology is already underway and being written! Interestingly absent from the discussion is any mention of the movie however, and besides Greg’s own work in the movie arena fans may or may not be dissapointed with the lack of news on this Mira Nair project.
I’m sure a Marathi edition of Shantaram is a must buy for any fan wanting a memento hailing to the book’s finest characters, but there’s no word yet on if it is available or where you can get a copy! Let us know in the comments if you find one, or post your pictures to the Shantaram Flickr group!