# Lettrine number overlapping with texts

Here i having an issue with the lettrine number with texts as it goes in overlapping , ussually the number 150 and the starting text should maintained by some distance, but here it goes on overlapping without maintaining the separation distance, here i am using parallel package to typeset the translation one language into english parallel, so here i used the parallel package, here left column is in another language(i.e Karbi), on right column is in English, Here is my MWE

 \documentclass[twoside,letterpaper]{book}
\usepackage[margin=1.5cm]{geometry}
\usepackage{hyphenat}
\usepackage[usenames,dvipsnames,svgnames,table]{xcolor}
\usepackage{lettrine}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
%\usepackage{fixltx2e}

\usepackage[perpage]{footmisc} %%% To restart footnote numbering on every new pages


\newcommand{\jverseFormat}[1]{#1}
\newcommand{\jChapterNumFormat}[1]{\textcolor{cyan}{\textbf{#1}}}


\newcommand{\jBracketWord}[1]{\emph{#1}}

\newcommand{\jParaSymbol}[0]{{}}

\setlength{\columnseprule}{0.0pt}

\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhf{}

\newcommand{\chaplabel}{}
\newcommand{\jnumChapters}{0}
\newcommand{\jnumVerses}{0}
\usepackage{parallel}

\newcommand \prelude[1] {\makebox[9.4cm][l]{#1}}

\newcommand{\jRChapter}[1]{\lettrine[ante={\prelude{}}]{\textcolor{red}{#1}}{}}

\usepackage{titlesec}

\titleformat{\chapter}
{\normalfont\Huge\bfseries}
{}
{0pt}
{}

\titlespacing*{\chapter}{0pt}{*11.5}{*8}

\renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markright{\MakeUppercase{#1}}}

\begin{document}
\renewcommand{\thefootnote}{\emph{\alph{footnote}}}
\frontmatter

\title{The Holy Bible}
\date{}
\author{}
\setlength{\columnseprule}{0pt}
\maketitle
%\renewcommand*\contentsname{The Old Testament}
\tableofcontents
\mainmatter
\pagenumbering{gobble}

\part*{The Old Testament}
\setlength{\columnseprule}{0.0pt}
\renewcommand{\jnumChapters}{0}
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\chapter{Genesis}
\renewcommand{\chaplabel}{Kecheng}

\begin{Parallel}{9.1cm}{9.1cm}

\ParallelLText{\jverse{}{\jLChapter{150}}{}{Kechengsi, Arnam sining-heihei lapen pirthe kepinchong ahut, }}
\ParallelRText{\jverse{}{\jRChapter{150}}{}{In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, }}
\ParallelPar
\ParallelLText{\jverse{2}{}{pirthe arje avelang lapen thangnatta ave, lapen lang-lom athak kangtingsi dolang; lapen Arnam Akarjong lang-heihei athak damlo.  }}
\ParallelRText{\jverse{2}{}{the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. }}
\ParallelPar

\end{Parallel}

\end{document}


The features of lettrine don't seem to be used fully, in particular the dropcaps (second argument of \lettrine, which is left empty). Therefore a simpler approach could be used, that allows more control.

Here an attempt with tabularx. The idea is to make a table with the number on the left and the first paragraph on the right.

There are some spacing adjustments: the table padding is set to 0 with \setlength\tabcolsep{0pt} to reduce the space on the left of the number, and a small space on the right of the number is added to compensate for the lack of colsep on this side. Furthermore the text on the right is shifted up a bit to align with the top of the number.

MWE (I have reduced the original code a bit):

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[margin=1.5cm]{geometry}
\usepackage[none]{hyphenat}
\usepackage[usenames]{xcolor}
\usepackage{tabularx}
\usepackage{parallel}

\newcommand{\jverse}[2]{\noindent{\textcolor{cyan}{\textbf{#1}}} {#2}\par\smallskip}

\setlength\tabcolsep{0pt}
\newcommand{\printChapNum}[2]{%
\noindent%
\begin{tabularx}{9.1cm}{lX}{%
\Huge\color{red} #1}\hspace{1mm} &%
\vspace{-6mm}#2\\
\end{tabularx}%
}

\begin{document}
\begin{Parallel}{9.1cm}{9.1cm}
\ParallelLText{\printChapNum{150}{Kechengsi, Arnam sining-heihei lapen pirthe kepinchong ahut,}}
\ParallelRText{\printChapNum{150}{In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,}}
\ParallelPar
\ParallelLText{\jverse{2}{pirthe arje avelang lapen thangnatta ave, lapen lang-lom athak kangtingsi dolang; lapen Arnam Akarjong lang-heihei athak damlo.}}
\ParallelRText{\jverse{2}{the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.}}
\ParallelPar

\end{Parallel}

\end{document}


Result: