Since 1999


Here I will maintain links to books published by professor toofaanii publishers

NEW Forgotten Artists of Early Cinema and The Same Name Confusion Book 2

NEW Hindi Talkie Filmography (1961-70)

NEW Hindi Talkie Filmography (1961-70) HINDI / हिन्दी सवाक् फ़िल्मोग्राफ़ी (1961-1970)

NEW Group Dancers of Indian Cinema (Golden Age and Beyond)

Lyricists of Hindi Cinema.

Fact and Fiction.

Hindi Film Song Picturizations (1951-1960) in HINDI. हिन्दी फ़िल्म गीत चित्रीकरण (1951-1960)  सिंह और 'हमराज़'

From Jhunjhunu to New York

History of Indian Cinema

Hindi Film Song Picturizations (1951-1960)

Hindi Talkie Filmography (1951-60) in HINDI. हिन्दी सवाक् फ़िल्मोग्राफ़ी 1951-1960)

Hindi Films: Pictures of the Cast IV (1943-1946)

India: A Reckoning With History [Musing 1157]

The Story of The Rainbow Bunch

ALI(VE) in Bits And Pieces.

The Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Filmography of Pandit Bharat Vyas

Hindi Talkie Filmography (1951-60)

C Ramchandra book


Early Hindi Film Advertisements (1935-39)

Hindi Films: Pictures of the Cast III (1941-1942)

MUNNA The boy who grew into a legend. (Amitabh Bachchan) by Ali Peter John

Encyclopedia of Silent Cinema by Sanjeev Tanwar

Book on Dev Anand by Ali Peter John


 Witnessing Wonders by Ali Peter John.

The Caliginous Light, a novel

Rainbow of Emotions by Lalit Berry

Films Showing in Madras Theatres (1941-1947)

Background Dancers in Hindi Films (1952-68)

Censor Certificate Information of Hindi Talkies (1931-2010)

बीते हुए दिन (हिंदी सिनेमा की भूली बिसरी यादें) Beete Hue Din by Shishir Krishna Sharma HINDI edition

Biography of Master Ebrahim.

Unsung Junior Artists 2, Who Made Their Debut After 1959

Hindi Films: Pictures of the Cast II (1938-1940) by Sheo Khetan and Surjit Singh

Beete Hue Din (Forgotten Memories of Hindi Cinema) by Shishir Krishna Sharma

Unsung Junior Artists of Hindi Cinema Vol 1 by Upendra Samaranayake and Surjit Singh

The Illustrated History of Punjabi Cinema (1935-1985) by Bhim Raj Garg

Hindi Films: Pictures of the Cast (1933-1937) by Sheo Khetan and Surjit Singh

Drops on a Leaf (A Book of Poetry) by Ms Jyoti Bhamra

Forgotten Artists of Early Cinema and The Same Name Confusion by Arunkumar Deshmukh and Surjit Singh

The Lost Treasure: Early Talkies of Hindustani Cinema by K Pasupuleti and Surjit Singh

Book on RMIM by Surjit Singh

Indurani: An Unsung But Unforgettable Heroine Of The Early Talkies by Surjit Singh

Edwina Violette, An Unsung Dancer by Surjit Singh

Telugu Filmography Volume 2 (1981-2000) by Dr V S Vutukuri

Telugu Filmography Volume 1 (1932-1980) by Dr V S Vutukuri

Sahraa Sahraa a book of Urdu poetry by Raj Kumar Qais, in Urdu and Devanagri

Music and Arts in Hyderabad By Kamalakar Pasupuleti

Physics books

Reference book on Water

Statistical Mechanics Text Book



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Note: The book is now available as kindle electronic book.


I am happy to announce the release of the Kindle electronic version of the Edwina Violette biography. It is available in Amazon sites all over the world. Amazon allowed a minimum price of $1.99. For other sites they calculated the price. For example in India it is Rs 133.

No text was changed but I made a few enhancements. The photos are in color. I have included her images from her films. Lastly, there are clickable links that take you the YouTube site for her songs, mainly uploaded by Tom Daniel.

A Hindi version is in preparation.

Here are the links for US and India.

Amazon US Kindle Edition

Amazon India Kindle Edition

Edwina: An Unsung Bollywood Dancer of the Golden Era

Edwina Book Errata

Where to Buy

For people in India, it is also on flipkart now:

 And Amazon India

 The book has been published and should be available on Amazon world-wide (for US$5.95 + shipping) and possibly at other sites.

Not sure about the bookstores. In India look for it on Please do not order from Amazon India.  They will charge you US$5.95 + shipping from USA!  For India, the best is, Rs 199 + shipping.

Greta Kaemmer wrote a post about ir on her blog





First Found By

17 Billi Maran Balli Maran R K Pathria
18 Sant Singh used to .... She had seen Sant Singh used to .... He had seen Salim Shah
23 lion cloth loin cloth Salim Shah
134 Sheikh Mangoo and Munawwar Jehan's children Sheikh Imamuddin and Munawwar Jehan's children Salim Shah


I found that while the Image 20 is listed in the Illustration Index, it is not in the book. The caption is "Wedding of Smarari Dhruv (mid-60s, Santa Cruz). Smarari was a young neighbor of Indurani. From left: Nagma, Hashmat, bride, groom, Indu, Dilshad. In front, behind the small girl in white dress is Ratan"