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Friday, May 27, 2005


And with Windies poised, miracles excepted, to regiser a win at last, it is stumps. Long weekend coming up -- Memorial Day and such, so this blog will remain in suspended animation over Saturday and Sunday (though I hope to find some time Saturday morning to update comments on at least any major news stories there may be).
Meanwhile, a thought for your weekend -- if you had to pick one sports book above all others, to read and to recommend, which would it be?
My choice is easily made -- Soccer in Sun and Shadow, by Eduardo Galeano. Unparalleled mix of lyricism and insight... if you haven't read it, buy, don't rent, a copy, because believe me, you won't be satisfied with just one read.
So... your turn... which is your single most favored sports book of all time? Why?


  • It occurs to me now that I haven't read too many sports books:)
    Of the few that I did read though, one book stands out - Rahul Bhattacharya's Pundits from Pakistan. I bought it a couple of months ago and it was marvellous. I can unhesitatingly state that Rahul stands head and shoulders above his chest.

    By Blogger avinash, at 22:01  

  • Without doubt, Bradman's Farewell to Cricket is a masterpiece. Some of the chapters- like on critics, umpires, improvement of cricket over the years- are absolutely timeless. A must read!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 00:23  

  • I don't know about the best, but the worst has to be 'Ganguly' - copied and pasted from various newspaper articles by Gulu Ezekiel. It is unbelievably bad!

    By Blogger ze rambler, at 05:39  

  • Once in a while, bloghopping does lead me somewhere...Found ur old blog from the Kerala blogroll thingy but it was way too old and then somehow got here.. Will read other posts and comment.

    Coming to sports books, I haven't read a lot though I've been longing to get my hands on Lance Amstrong, Boris Becker and Nasser Hussain's autobios.

    My reco ould be Ian Botham's My 100 Great Cricketing Characters simply because the book, like the man himself, is wildly entertaining. I am sure you've read it though..

    Will drop by more often Prem.

    ps: I've always wanted to ask you one thing from the rediff days... Do you really believe Murali Karthik is better than a club bowler ? :-0

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05:43  

  • umm.
    A Corner Of A Foreign Field and Pundits from Pakistan have been waiting in the wings for a while. Hopefully soon.

    By Blogger shakester, at 06:43  

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