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Rahul Dravid … by Vedam Jayashankar

22 Aug

Since Rahul Dravid has recently retired it is a good moment to salute his genius and more importantly his public image.  It cannot get better than this … hats off we are all proud of you.

Now coming to the book review – The book is a fairly easy read with simple language and the pages fly.  However, the book fails to weave a match in front of the readers eyes.  I would rate the book extremely readable but not a must-read.

Some of my favourite parts of the book –

* Sanjay Manjrekar (I presume 😉 ) has been mentioned directly and covertly at many places … and ohhh boy I liked it.  ” … there were biased elements in the media who wrote nasty things about him.  There was a television commentator who probably believed that Rahul edged him out of the Indian team and hence struggled to say anything good about him … ”

* Rahul would catch the early morning BTS bus from Indiranagar to KSCA and work in the nets from 6:15am till 9am.  He would then change into school uniform on the deserted stairs of the Western Stand, for in those days there was no changing room facility in the outside practice ground.  He would wolf down the breakfast he has brought from home on the same stairs and then, with cricket kit and school bag thrown over his shoulders, he would run the couple of kilometers to school.  Armed with his favourite fruit, apple, which he would devour while jogging to school, Rahul would reach late; at times a couple of hours would have lapsed.  Further he would skip the last period of the day to attend nets in the evening and would once again go home in a crowded BTS”

* Also there is a mention of how he would have different friends for play (i.e., cricket) and for work (i.e., exams).  Though this fact does not cast a good light on him … defines how he could be successful in both academics and sports.

* A quote from Dravid himself “… the problem would be keeping to Sri (J. Srinath).  He gets tremendous movement off the seam, even with the new ball.  The problem is that most of the time the tilt is into the right-hand batsman – the unnatural side for me as wicket-keeper.  And the angle of the ball keeps passing the batsman, keeps going away on the leg side.  This at his genuine pace, would not only test the wicketkeeper, but end up bruising the fingers of his left hand, i.e., the right-hand batsman’s top hand.  Unless a wicket-keeper can collect Sri’s delivery cleanly all the time, he would end up with broken or bruised fingers…”

* A quote from TE Srinivasan “… Kiri was mad or absolutely brilliant to stand upto Chandra …”

* The origins of the Dravid name is very interesting; and also the side note of Iyers in Tamilnadu are not considered Dravidians in the first place 😉

Some nit picking –

* Eulogizing of Pushpa Dravid.  I am sure that Rahul and all the Dravid’s are very proud of Mrs.Pushpa.  Mrs.Pushpa is successful and all the accolades and respect are well deserved.  However, the extempore used to describe her in a book meant for her son seems out of place.  I would rather have liked to know how she influenced her son rather than how she became successful.  The detail of her struggle and achievements belongs to a biography of her own.

* More attention should be paid to spell check – Thimmappiah has been spelt as  Thimmappaih 😦 South Indian names are not to be spelt in any which way.   However this may be a mistake of the proof readers and not the author.

 

Profile of Rahul Dravid.

Controversially Yours By Shoaib Akthar

15 Jul

Recently read the autobiography of the cricketer Shoaib Akthar.  The book is popular, I guess, based on the long waiting period in my library.

The book is well written and eminently readable.  This statement is also a comment on the life of Shoaib Akthar 😉 very interesting to read.  Shoaib takes this opportunity to call himself a “good boy” and all the unsavory events in his life were due to the many villains in his life; the enemies he made in his refusal to kiss-a**.  Conforming, a large part of life, most importantly adult life is lost of Shoaib; though it is true that there is no dearth of pointy-haired-bosses (aka Dilbert‘s boss) who make life difficult for non-suckers.  Sorry Shoaib, though I feel sorry for you at times, like the leaked (untrue as per Shoaib) personal medical reports, seniors considering juniors as competitors, etc., there are a lot of times where you do not come across as a “good boy”.    Shoaib goes out of his way to pull-down Sachin Tendulkarnon-conformist again.

However it is a good read … as long as you are not in an impressionable age where you believe everything you read.

Perry Mason #1: Case of the deadly toy

27 Apr

Nora Allison sees the coldness in the eyes of her fiancee when he slaps his young son, recognizes the man for what he is and calls of the wedding.  This is followed by receiving threats by mail and being roped by the ex-wife of her ex-fiancee in the custody battle of their son.  This bimbette is stupid enough to be framed in a murder case.  Enter the suave Perry Mason with his intelligent secretary Della Street and the dependable sleuth Paul Drake – the real culprits are caught in court, the police are made to look stupid and the client goes scot-free.

Read the book to find out how it all happens.

Tour of Perry Mason’s books

27 Apr

Perry Mason – one of my favorite characters.  I was introduced to him during my adolescence by my Father (yes, the man who has taught me everything – and continues to teach me every day).  Having briefly lived in Los Angeles I understand the locale and am old enough to remember an age without mobiles.  I plan to update this post with book reads as and when it happens.  Keep watching.

Perry Mason the smarty smart lawyer specializes in tricky cases where his client is usually an innocent bimbette but occasionally an innocent bumbler.  He outwits the police who are framing his innocent client at times skating on thin ice legally.  All this is with the help of his pretty secretary Della Street who loves the action.  Perry Mason is ably supported by Paul Drake the very efficient and effective detective.

1. Case of the Deadly Toy

The Litigators by John Grisham

22 Apr

Finished reading my nth John Grisham book in record time.  This is one of his best books.

Congrats to David Zinc (the protagonist) … he had the guts to run away from a sweat shop and branch out on his own AND the tenacity to succeed.  Anybody who holds a job will love this guy.

The story is about two loser lawyers who chance upon a cholesterol lowering drug which supposedly causes severe unexpected side-effects.  The lawyers dream about suing the bad-drug company with a long rap sheet of bad drugs and settlement in order to have a multimillion dollar settlement (read retirement).  David Zinc, our hero, walks out of his sweat-shop / high-profile law firm and walks into these two losers.

Do the loser lawyers manage to screw the drug company or do they get screwed themselves?  How does the lovable David succeed?  Read the book – it is worth the ride 🙂

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