Painsath Lakh ki Dakaiti was a landmark in Hindi pulp fiction, when it first appeared several decades ago. It's been reprinted 15 times by 7 different publishers, and has sold more than 3 Lakh copies. It kickstarted a new genre in Hindi pulp thrillers - a hero who is a wanted felon, who's broken out of jail and continues to commit crimes.
And the cover above is of the translated English version, published by Blaft, coming out by the end of Feb.
Okay, so why is this the most important book of the year for me?
Forunately for me, the folks at Tehelka magazine have published the answer on their site, saving me the trouble. See for yourself.
So now I'm famous, apparently :)