Category: Books

Once upon a time in Hyderabad…

I just have to hear the words “Once upon a time in Hyderabad” for my grandparents’ voices to come wafting in. My brothers and I grew up listening to the many moral tales that grandfather, a retired Post Master, had…

Match fixing: A Dead Enemy?

Cricketing Cultures in Conflict. This is the title of a an anthology published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) in 2004, the year following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 in South Africa. The editors, Boria Majumdar  and JA Mangan,…

To The Point: Much left unsaid?

I told myself to read To The Point with a very open mind. I was determined not to have any expectations. Especially, expectations that would be based on the news reports that surfaced in the wake of the launch of the book in South Africa earlier this year. These had focussed on some of his less than complimentary revelations about the South African team. I also convinced myself that since not all cricketers who write about their experiences answer to the name of Steve Waugh, I should not expect a rival for his heavy and interesting autobiography Out of My Comfort Zone.