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    The writers who play with words

    November 6th, 2017

    Throwback to 1993: The portable typewriter and open-air press box are now things of the past. A scene during the Mumbai Test between India and England at the Wankhede Stadium in 1993.

    There are few areas of non-fiction writing that capture of the imagination of the reader like sports writing. With a combination of descriptive skills, intelligent analysis and good presentation, it has the powers to magically transport the reader to distant locations and to invigorating pursuit of excellence called sport.

    And, I dare say, there are few more fortunate pen-pushers than sports writers. One of the greatest privileges of being a sports writer is that he or she gets to travel to places which would never have been on the itinerary. What’s more, the sports writer gets paid to watch sport while everyone else in a stadium has to pay a small fortune for his or her tickets or haggle for complimentary passes.

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    Colourful #memories of an India conquest of the ICC World Twenty20 a decade ago

    September 24th, 2017

    India’s victory in ICC World Twenty20 2007 meant that I had to scrap plans to visit Kruger since I had to write the Cover Story for Outlook magazine — and ended up writing non-stop for a day and a half to meet deadlines!

    Ten years ago, I had no idea of what I was setting myself up for when I accepted an offer from Yahoo! and its associates to travel to South Africa for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20. A votary of the conventional cricket, there was some skepticism at the back of my mind and I allowed myself to be talked into the assignment.

    A journalist friend of mine from Bangladesh, asked me what I would do at T20. It is for P3 reporters, he taunted. But I had made my commitment to watch the cricket for whatever it was worth and enjoy the opportunity of watching the game. Perhaps, pegging expectations low helped and I have a feast that I am unlikely to forget in a hurry.

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    Honesty, courage thread binds updated @Abhinav_Bindra book #AShotAtHistory

    August 14th, 2017

    It is unusual, you will agree, to read the final three chapters of a book first – even if it is revised and updated. You want to be able to get into the right frame of mind before you reach the new climax but Abhinav Bindra’s gentle nudge led me to the new chapters in his book A Shot At History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold and Beyond.

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