A History of Indian Sport Through 100 Artefacts

A History of Indian Sport Through 100 Artefacts

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A History of Indian Sport Through 100 Artefacts

By Boria Majumdar

‘We needed this badly. It is a fabulous effort and people can see and read and feel inspired by the stuff their heroes have used. It brings history alive and that’s a stupendous effort.’ – Sourav Ganguly

‘Boria’s collection of artefacts is as good as any I have seen. We need to inspire the young to savour our past. This should help in doing so.’ – Sachin Tendulkar

‘Unless we get inspired, how do we get energized to excel in the future? This is one such attempt to inspire.’ – Deepa Malik.

‘The concept of history of sport doesn’t exist in this country, so this is a great effort using artefacts that have a special place in our sports history. It is important because that is how sporting journeys start.’ – Abhinav Bindra

A History of Indian Sport through 100 Artefacts brings together never-before-seen objects – scorecards, tickets, letters, telegrams, newspaper reports – and facts from the annals of Indian sporting history.

There is a wealth of tales and nuggets within these pages: the Mohun Bagan team defeating the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1911 to lift the IFA Shield, Ranji’s love poems for Mary Holmes, India’s hockey exploits at the Olympics, the 1932 cricket tour of England, Lata Mangeshkar’s special disc in honour of the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian cricket team and more.

Contemporary history and legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sania Mirza, Viswanathan Anand, Abhinav Bindra, and the exploits at the Paralympics 2016 too claim their space in this fascinating archive.

Profusely illustrated and beautifully designed, this is a collector’s edition that no sports lover can resist.

About the Author

Boria Majumdar, a Rhodes scholar, is a historian by training who went to St John’s College, Oxford University, to do a D.Phil on the social history of Indian cricket in October 2000. His doctorate was published as Twenty-Two Yards to Freedom: A Social History of Indian Cricket in December 2004.

He is at present senior research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and consulting editor, Sport, India Today Group. He is the co-author of Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography Playing it My Way and the author of many acclaimed books, which include The Illustrated History of Indian Cricket (2006), Olympics: The India Story (with Nalin Mehta, 2008) and Goalless: The Story of a Unique Footballing Nation (with Kausik Bandyopadhyay, 2005) and Feluda @ 50 (curated and edited by). Majumdar has just opened his sports museum in Kolkata, the Fanattic Sports Museum, in collaboration with Harshvardhan Neotia, the chairman of the Ambuja Neotia Group.

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