The Golden Quadrilateral

Golden Quad

The book, The Golden Quadrilateral, authored by Mr Bob Rupani, was officially unveiled in Delhi on 22nd July 2016.


Chief Guest, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Honourable Minister for and Highways, and Shipping, along with Mr RC Bhargava, Chairman and Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki, released the book in a glittering ceremony.


The Golden Quadrilateral, envisioned by Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India, is to connect the four major metros of India with modern multilane highways, which in turn will also pass through other cities and smaller towns in its way, giving boost to infrastructure, industries, transportation and job opportunities.

The experience of driving through these modern Highways is beautifully put together in this coffee table book. The expansive images and the accompanying anecdotes are a good read to all the travellers wanting to experience the massive 5865 KM long highway network.

The landscape book was printed at JAK Printers.


Magical Biodiversity of India



BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society) on Thursday 30th June 2016, released a book named’ Magical Biodiversity of India’.


Authored by Asad R. Rahmani, a leading orinthologist and conservationist, with photographs by Dhritiman Mukherjee, a leading professional Nature and Wildlife photographer, the book showcases richness and splendour of the biodiversity of India.

The 280-page book has 458 images clicked over a period of 10 years and information of 10 different bio-geographical regions in India that include the Himalayan, Trans Himalayan, Gangetic plains, Thar Deserts, Western ghats, Coastal Mangroves among others. The book is in a large pictorial format, with stunning photographs of Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolves, Tibetan Gazelles, Bengal Florican and Arunachal Macau, to name a few.

The book is a visual treat and it is well documented to be used as a reference book for the environmentalists and the general public alike.

The book was officially released by Shantanu Moitra, Music Director at the BNHS HQ, Hornbill House, Mumbai.


CSMVS Research Journal 2016


Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya, India’s premium Art and History Museum, recently launched ‘CSMVS Research Journal 2016.”


Formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, CSMVS houses a world class collection of more than 60,000 objects.


CSMVS has published a series of Museum Gallery Guides, Major Catalogues of Exhibitions and Collections, various DVDs on different aspects of Indian Art, Culture and Crafts. In its endeavour to promote research, CSMVS felt a need to revive its old publication “Bulletin of Prince of Wales Museum of Western India,” which was ceased in 1973. After a gap of 43 years the Bulletin is now published in a new avatar as “CSMVS Research Journal 2016.” The journal is well researched and put together by Dr. Saryu Doshi.


JAK had been associated with the project from the start and are proud to have handled this important assignment.


Fast 50 Brands 2016

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A company is known by its brand value. A brand image is often the mirror through which a company’s key values are reflected. A lot is spend to create a brand image which becomes an identity of the company. There are hundreds of companies vying for national and international space in the market. Its the brand Image and brand value that sets them apart.


To honour “Brand Excellence” amongst the best brands in the country, El SOl Media conceptualised “Fast 50 Brands Awards”. It was not an easy task to pick the best 50. The challenge was to find the most prolific ones and also the “game changers” in their own right.


El Sol Media categorised the 250 odd entries into 9 industries and a detailed phase wise analysis of the contenders through secondary research driven by WCRC research team was carried out. The result is for all to see which has been published in the book Fast 50.


The Awards were presented and the book released on 9th June 2016 by veteran Actor Dharmendra along with Mukesh Kahnna, Abhimanyu Ghosh and Saimik Sen in a glittering ceremony held at Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai.


JAK Printers was associated with printing of this exercise right from the initial stages. The UV glitter and Spot UV enhanced the cover image of the book.


Focus Cross Over


Focus Cross Over Book is part of the Focus Photography festival.


Founded in 2013, the second edition of the Mumbai’s own photography festival was held from 12 – 16 March 2016 at different venues all over the city. The theme of this year’s festival was ‘Cross Over’ and an overwhelming number of entries and exhibits were received from international and national artists.


The book ‘Focus Cross Over’ is an introspection of the photography event. The book delves into the insights of all the events with a small brief about the exhibitions and the participating artists. A venue by venue account of the Focus Exhibitions and Focus Learning is also covered in the book. The book is compiled and designed by Art Director Nicola Antaki.


It was exciting to reproduce the enormous work of the artists on to the paper and binding it onto a book form, quipped Vincent H. Francis of JAK.


The Book had a humble release on 31st March at Cafe Zoe, Parel.


Parsi Bol 2

Parsi Bol 2

Sooni Taraporewala is back,  with more jibes, endearments and parsi gujrati phrases. The first edition of Parsi Bol was a hit with the books flying off the shelf within months of its release.


Sooni along with fellow parsi women Meher Marfatia recompiled rather jam-packed more fun and fresh idiomatic phrases into a new edition Parsi Bol 2 which also has an accompanying Audio CD of hilarious phrases spoken by veteran parsi actors Boman Irani, Dolly and Bomi Dotiwala.The illustrations are by Hemant Morparia and Farzana Cooper, the book is designed by Priya Pereira, and the wholesome package is definitely a collectors item.


The book was launched on 15th march 2016 at Kitab Khana, Kalaghoda, Mumbai by actor Mr. Boman Irani.


The first edition of Parsi Bol was printed at JAK Printers and so is the recompiled new edition Parsi Bol 2.


Buildings as Ideas — The Un-Built work of Charles Correa

Charles Correa

Buildings as Ideas – The Un-Built work of Charles Correa.


A truly inspiring book and the exhibition was put together by Nondita Correa Mehrotra, and was launched at Max Mueller Bhavan, Kalaghoda,  Mumbai on 15th March 2016.


The exhibition is a collection of Charles Correa’s  un-built work: competition entries, commissions and public projects, which are are rich repositories of his ideas and occupy a significant portion of his oeuvre.


This un-built work, though less well-known, contributed significantly to the clarity of his thought and design. Here the seminal idea is kept intact, unhindered by the pragmatic force of the building process. This exhibition highlights these un-built projects, through the drawings and sketches of Correa’s archive.


The book is a complete reflection of the works exhibited at the Gallery. We have printed earlier works of Charles Correa and it was honour to be a part of this project also.


Ready Aye Ready – The Defining Spirit.

Ready Aye Ready

Amid much fanfare, Training Ship Jawahar, National HQ of Sea Cadet Corps , celebrated its golden jubilee on 14th February 2016.


Chief Guest ADMIRAL R K DHOWAN, PVSM,AVSM,YSM,ADC CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF., released the book “Ready Aye Ready – The Defining Spirit” to commemorate the occasion.


The defining spirit indeed, the Sea Scouts Group was established way back in 1938 in Karachi. After Independence the group shifted to Bombay and after enduring relentless efforts, the Sea Cadet Corps got their own training ship Jawahar in February 1966.


The book painstakingly takes one on to the journey through its archives full of illustrations and anecdotes. The book is a concerted effort by Commodore (SCC) Rabi Ahuja, Captain (SCC) Sohrab Kapadia, Mahendra Vaid and Adil Nensey.


JAK associated itself right from designing stage to the final copy of the Book. It was a pleasure working with Commodore (SCC) Rabi Ahuja whose ever encompassing nature and perseverance spirit was a source of inspiration for all of us at JAK Printers.


JAK New Year Card 2016 — Lithography at its best.

New Year Card 2016 JAK

This year JAK decided to usher in the new year 2016 in a unique manner. The Think tank was called and their verdict – the greeting card has to be different, uncommon and rare. Not a tall order, given the expertise of JAK in print, but rarity factor in the job was a challenge. The solution  – to get it done on one of our antique collection of print machines.


Now, JAK has a unusual collection of rare and antique print machines. These are not mere showpieces or decorated scraps, but machines that are in perfect working conditions.


Yoda Foot Operated letterpress machine, Multilith Model 1031 offset duplicator, Alexandra Press Lithographic Machine to name a few. For the New Year Greeting Card, the workaholic Alexandra , a machine from W. Notting Iron Press 1883 was chosen.


This time around, we used a metal plate to print text and art work on to the hand made paper. Ink from rollers was applied on the metal plate kept on the press bed. Paper was kept face down on the block. Crank handle, connected to the gear box, moved the block below the scraper. Scraper bar holder applied the required pressure when the lever was moved.


The result – a beautiful impression got transferred on to the paper. Two folds and the Greeting card was ready for dispatch.


The Indecisive Chicken

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An odd name for a cook book that prescribes to chicken dishes, Prajna Desai has  put together an exceptional book on her sojourn with the womens of Dharavi while working on The Food Project commissioned by Dharavi Biennale.


Prajna Desai recounts that she was so overwhelmed by the response and culinary skills of the participants that she decided to bring out a book on eight womens of Dharavi sharing their life experiences and recipes of the savoury dishes they loved to cook.


The book is bilingual in English and Hindi with both the languages typefaced on two columns side by side on the same page. The vibrant  illustrations gives you a feel of the dishes if not of the taste.


The book was printed at JAK Printers and we too are proud to associated with this project of Prajna Desai



Fawzan @ 50

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Fawzan Hussain, ace photojournalist and a person par excellence, brought in his 50th birthday surrounded by his near and dear ones in a quite ceremony. Fawzan was surprised by his loving wife Arwa who released a book on Fawzan aptly titled ‘Memories of Fawzan – 50 years 1965 – 2015”.


Arwa Hussain conceptualized and put together a book full of photographs – nee memories as she likes to call them. These memories and anecdotes, involving Fawzan and his close friends and family members, are a beautiful read into the life and times of Fawzan. Some anecdotes make you smile while a few will make you misty.


The hard bound book was printed at JAK Printers Pvt Ltd and we are proud to be a part of Fawzan @ 50 celebration.


The Silver Screen and Beyond

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In a low key affair, Fawzan Hussain launched his second book “ The Silver Screen and Beyond : Up Close and Personal with Bombay Film Industry”, at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.


True to his style,  the book was humbly launched by veterans -  lightman Mohan Mishra, production hand Salim Sheikh and background artist Narayan Rathod.


The book features photographs of actors, artists, people working on the sets with the most unusual background, capturing the film making process in an uncanny way.


The author has divided the book in four sections – the silver screen, beyond, debut and archives. Each section replete with the mastery of Fawzan Husain with the lens to capture the vivid details of his subjects.


JAK is, yet again, proud to be associated with the second book of Fawzan Husain.


JAK is the Best Book Printer of the Year 2015

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JAK once again was adjudged the Best Book Printer of the year at the recently concluded PrintWeek India Awards for 2015.


JAK has time and again proved to be the Best Printer in the Book printing category. Hard Case – Coffee Table Books are its speciality, The varied range of book binding is unmatched – foiling, embossing, debossing, screen printing to colourful slipcases, elegant covers and consistency throughout the execution of the work is unprecedented.


The event was launched by PrintWeek India in the year 2009 to celebrate the best in Indian Print. JAK has won the Best Book Printer of the year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and now in 2015.




Seven times in a row – Eleven years on the trot


The National Award for Excellence in Printing (NAEP), conducted by All India Federation of Masters Printers (AIFMP), the apex body serving the Indian Printing Industry, was held on 25 September 2015 at Hotel Leela Palace, Chennai.


There were 1463 entries in 21 categories. In all 169 printers from all over the country participated but only 130 participants won recognition and honour. In all 106 Gold, 108 Silver and 121 Certificates of Merit were awarded to the deserving Printers.


JAK Printers were the big winners at this 10th edition of the NAEP Awards Ceremony. JAK Printers were adjudged the Best Printer of the Year 2015 along with the Best Digital Printer of the Year 2015 and the most coveted Star Printer of the Year Award 2015. A total of 22 awards were won by JAK including 7 Gold, 6 Silver and 9 Certificates of Merit.


With this event JAK has won Best Printer of the Year Award – seven times in a row, for consecutively eleven years on the trot.



Print Books Vs E-books

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The debate started immediately after the advent of e-book readers on the traditional book shelves. The forecasters predicted death knell to print media.  Digital Media was heralded as the new messiah of the publishing world. E-book reader sales jumped many fold and every living being wanted a screen reader for himself.


However the picture was always different from the predictions. Print media was never out of the race and infact was leading from the front. The online sales of printed books never dwindled and even surpassed the purchased e-book contents. It even withstood the onslaught of free e-book downloads. Recent study have indicated that the bright intense screen of the e-book readers could lead to stress,  and even insomnia.


Read aloud printed illustrations had always been a way to put toddlers to sleep. The result is absolutely clear. Print media will always remain the first choice of readers.  The print and publishing industry will co exist the e-book readers.


Changing Skylines – The Shapoorji Pallonji Sesquicentennial 1865-2015


JAK Printers was honoured to be associated with the making of this tome on Shapooji Pallonji group.


The much awaited book on one of the biggest conglomerate of India, Shapporji Pallonji, was recently launched in a elegant ceremony at NCPA, Mumbai. The well researched book authored by Aman Nath is a fitting tribute to the construction giants.


Aptly titled “Changing Skylines”  is a book on the company, who have built numerous iconic landmark buildings all aound the world. Reserve Bank of India, Bombay Stock Exchange, Taj Intercontinental, World Trade Centre and Cricket Club of India- Brabourne Stadium, are a few of their works in Mumbai.


The  highly acclaimed photographer Amit Pasricha has contributed immensely to this grandiose book. This well documented book covers a span of  150 years, 1865 to present. The skylines have indeed been glittering with these superstructures.





4th Dimension Architecture

4th Dimns

4th Dimension Architecture by Ar. Chandrakant Patel was launched by Bollywood actress Asha Parekh and actor John Abraham on 23rd August at the Title waves book store.


The book charts Ar. Chandrakant Patel’s journey from his days at J.J. School of Architecture to London and finally to Europe his bhoomi of learning – to gain vast experience in the field of Architecture. The book also has a fascinating account, an architects notes, on the making of the iconic Bombay Stock Exchange building of Mumbai.


JAK Printers has tried to match the same zeal of the fame architect in printing this book.



A Life Lived With Grace

Arvindji Mafatlal

‘A Life Lived with Grace’, a biography of the late Sri Arvindbhai Mafatlalal, was launched by Radhanath Swami on August 19th, 2015, at Y.B. Chauhan Auditorium in Mumbai. The book, authored by Mini Chandran Kurian, is a beautiful memoir on one of the leading industrialist of the old business era of India.


The book, goes on to chart the life and times of Shri Arvind Mafatlalji in a beautiful narrative and the illustrations spread out expansively adding to the essence of the story. Truly ‘A life Lived with Grace’ , the contents spread out in ten odd chapters and talks about his vision, spirituality. compassion, ethics, love for life and finally passage to vaikuntha.


This book was printed at JAK Printers with utmost care and we are proud to be associated with this voluminous work on the legend of Shri Arvind Mafatlalji.


NexGen Rises

Zeenia (Left) and Parvana (Sitting)

A few weeks back a survey was done by Printweek India on the rising stars of the Printing Industry.
Zeenia K. Patel and Parvana Mistry were extensively featured in their article and they talked about their passion for printing to the future of the print industry. Faced with a volley of questions posed out to them by Mugdha Gangoli of Printweek India, the sisters were candid and forthright with their answers.


The dynamic duo of Zeenia K. Patel and Parvana Mistry are now at the forefront of JAK Printers Pvt Ltd. Daughters of Khushru P. Patel, Managing Director, they have printing in their blood and got initiated into the industry at a very young age.


Zeenia, a graphic artist, is at the helm of the Pre-press division of JAK Printers. Dynamic result oriented in team building with a strong track record of performance improvement. Zeenia is tuned in fully to operational management, strategic planning, performance and maintaining quality standards. Spearheading the pre-press studio with much gusto and enthusiasm, Zeenia drives organizational improvements and implementation of best practises.


Parvana, a chef by passion but a hardcore marketing professional, is leading the department from the front. Superior interpersonal skills, capable of multiple and complex sales, Parvana likes to motivate staff to peak performance, seizing control of critical problem areas and delivering on customer commitments. With a pulse on quality, no detail escapes her watchful eye.


Together they are a formidable force and are taking the challenges of running the day to day activities of one of the India’s leading printing company in their stride.,the-tale-of-two-sisters-at-jak.aspx



Yatharth Geeta received by Heeraben Modi

Yatharth Geeta

One of the most revered books of Hindus, The Geeta is a work of sanskrit poetry that leads to ones spiritual enlightenment. Numerous books, adaptations and interpretations have been written on The Geeta, Yatharth Geeta is the most profound one.


Compiled and interpreted by Swami Shri Adgadanandjee through the blessings of Parampoojya Shree Paramhansjee Maharaj, Yatharth Geeta is the Geeta in its true perspective form.


The 2015 reprint of the first edition was released recently and presented to Heeraben Modi, mother to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The book was also well received by Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs, Government of India.


We at JAK are proud to be involved at each and every stage of this magnificent book.


Capturing Wildlife Moments in India

Ashok Mahindra

“Capturing Wildlife Moments in India” is a one of its kind book. This book is published by BNHS and was released by Mr. Jamshyd Godrej in a warm ceremony. Numerous books have been written on the subject, but this one is a clear winner. This book has more than 120 photographs of wild animals and birds from various parks and sanctuaries of India. Each and every photograph of the species has a small introduction, a brief on the picture taking experience and the location as to where it was shot. The author, Mr. Ashok Mahindra went a step further by detailing every species and the threats posed by them, efforts at conserving them while also identifying the IUCN rating for each of the species photographed. The above information is a boon to amateurs.


Mr. Ashok Mahindra is a former treasurer and Vice President of WWF, India. He started his career as a Chartered Accountant. After 40 years of number crunching he took retirement only to pursue his hobby of wildlife photography.  The excellent photographs are a testimony of his patience and endurance in getting the right moment at the right time of the wildlife in India.


We at JAK have been part of this prestigious book right from the beginning. From designing to final printing – it has been a memorable experience.


A small gesture.


On 25th April 2015 a devastating earthquake shook Nepal. Thousands lost their lives and scores were injured. During these natural calamities the worst affected are women and children. The relief are prompt but the needs of the infants and kids are often overlooked.


Our team JAK took the initiative and started a collection drive. In no time a sizeable amount was collected. The next goal was to buy emergency medicine and other food materials for infants and kids.  Our local chemist was contacted and the team managed to get the required medicines and baby foods at cost price.


The supplies were then  promptly delivered to a team of doctors and volunteers  scheduled to leave on 30th  April 2015 to Nepal.


It was a small gesture, but the idea was to spread the awareness of the huge calamity faced by our neighbouring country Nepal. We took a small step and hope the other will join the relief efforts to bring more respite to Nepal.


Mr. Khushru P. Patel honoured at Nepal


Mr. Khushru P. Patel, Managing Director, of JAK Printers Pvt Ltd was honoured with the prestigious “Global Achievers Award”, in Corporate Sector, organised by Global Achievers Foundation, (G.A.F), on 11th April 2015 at Kathmandu, Nepal.


Global Achievers Foundation (G.A.F) confers the awards to selected people who have played distinguished role in the development of their respective countries and to highlight their achievements globally.


Global Achievers Foundation is a non-profit registered organisation that promotes and encourages commendable achievements from all over the country.


Awards are given in the fields of Corporate, Health, Education, Sports, Finance, Industries, Hospitality, Tourism, Co-operatives, Public and Social Service. The Awards are presented by Central Minister or State Minister & National Leaders.


G A F is headed by Mr. Joginder Singh, former Director CBI, and Dr. V. B. Soni, former Ambassador and IFS Diplomat, along with CEOs from leading corporate sectors, Vice Chancellor and Principals of leading Public schools (Doon) of India.


Tracking the Tiger – Wow! What a book!


After a long time comes a book that is truly written with the traveller and seeker in mind.
Rarely do you find a road book on forest reserves that give you information and at the same time guide you through the journey.


Mr. Bob Rupani, author, auto journalist and wildlife enthusiast, has delivered an excellent book on the subject.
He trusted his LAND ROVER to traverse almost all the sanctuaries and tiger reserves in India to bring an exceptional book on the habitat of the tigers and other animals.


The foreword by legendary wildlife campaigner, author and actress Virginia McKenna, known globally as the spokesperson of the Born Free Foundation, says it all.


The inner chapters list all the reserves spiced with the intricate story telling by Bob and complimented by breathtaking photographs by Dhirtiman Mukherjee. Along with tiger trails, the book also features other flora, fauna, reptiles and mammals found in these forests.


It was a great pleasure to be a part of this book at every stage, from designing to the final binding.


It has been a Wonderful Season!

As always new projects were delivered with pristine precision. Innovation is the name of the game. New ways and ideas are formulated. New machineries are added and new members inducted into our JAK team. In short, it has been a fantastic season that doesn’t seem to end.


A new chapter is being added to the evergreen JAK Printers by starting this blog. We look forward to sharing with you all that is happening with us and in the Print Industry.