Eleven gods and a billion indians pdf

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Eleven Gods, A Billion Indians, And A Splendid Book

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-- How Cricket Is India's Religion -- ELEVEN GODS AND A BILLION INDIANS

Sports books in India have tended to fall into three broad buckets till now. First, you have autobiographies of sporting icons — carefully crafted tomes filled with anecdotes, statistics and the inevitable buildup where insurmountable odds are overcome to reach pinnacles of success.

Review: Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians by Boria Majumdar

Boria Majumdar, a Rhodes Scholar, completed his B. In he did his M. He completed his doctorate in March and the thesis was subsequently nominated for publication in the Oxford monographs series. There after Dr. Majumdar went on to teach at the Universities of Chicago, Toronto and La Trobe where he was first distinguished Visiting Fellow in He was also the first Indian to be awarded a fellowship to work at the International Olympic museum archives in Lausanne, Switzerland.

A good book on sports — like one on music or cinema — is like an animal that ferrets around its subject, digging away furiously, circling around patches, and throwing up material from a world that we are familiar, but want to be more intimate with. It adds contours and landscapes to the actual playing field and the one we see where sportspeople talk about their moments under the sun. But what becomes the true indicator of a book that goes beyond the usual innings or two of sports books is that his passion becomes the ball in his hand he uses precisely to tell a larger narrative, and his knowledge the bat to chase a formidable story. The book also comes at a juncture where, arguably, Indian cricket has metamorphosed from a fighting unit of some good — and, of course, great — players to some great players playing for the unit. It also spells the moment when India moved from a capable team to a world-beating batallion.

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Indian cricketers seem particularly disinterested on penning down books. And when they agree on one to be ghosted, the book provides little glimpse of anything the fans are not aware of. Indian cricket authors have done a stronger job in comparison, but not to the extent readers have expected them to. And that is precisely why Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians is the most important book in Indian cricket for some time, and it is going to remain the same unless someone else tries to emulate Boria Majumdar by not making an attempt to be politically correct. Above all, he loves being the Sourav Ganguly. It is imperative that we appreciate the difficulty of the challenge.

Featuring material that has never-been-released, this book sheds new light on cases like Monkeygate, the suspension of Lalit Modi, match-fixing scandals, and more. Weaving together personal interviews, photographs, and letters, Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians unflinchingly asks the questions that need answering, among them: Has internal conflict impacted the on- field performance of the Indian cricket team? Did some icons fail the country and the sport by trying to conceal important facts during the spot-fixing investigation? And does it matter to the ordinary fan who heads the BCCI as long as there is transparency and accountability in the system? Chronicling the history of cricket throughout colonial and post-colonial Indian life, Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians offers fascinating insight into those who patronize, promote, play, and watch the sport, as well as the entire nation now considered the global hub of the world of cricket.

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  1. Boria Majumdar’s ‘Eleven Gods And A Billion Indians’ wants to be the definitive Indian cricket book

  2. Here, I am not talking about biographies or autobiographies of cricketers, but cricket writing as literature.

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