29 January, New Delhi: HarperCollins has acquired world rights for Boria Majumdar’s A History of Indian Sport through 100 Artefacts, a delightful collection of stories on a century of India’s sporting history. It brings together never-before-seen artefacts – tickets, scorecards, telegrams, letters, newspaper reports – and facts pertaining to Indian sports. There will be a wealth of tales and nuggets within its pages: the Mohun Bagan team defeating the East Yorkshire Regiment in 1911 to lift the IFA Shield, Ranji’s love poems for Mary Holmes, the 1932 cricket tour of England, India’s hockey exploits at the Olympics, 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, Abhinav Bindra, Sania Mirza, Viswanathan Anand and the exploits at the Paralympics 2016 too claim their space in this fascinating archive.
The sporting history of India will come alive as never before in this profusely illustrated book.
The cover of A History of Indian Sport through 100 Artefacts will be unveiled at an event in Kolkata to mark the grand opening of the Fanattic Sports Museum: The Boria Majumdar Collection on 29 January 2017.
Speaking about the book, Boria Majumdar, India’s foremost sports historian and journalist, and co-author of SachinTendulkar’s autobiography Playing it My Way, said, ‘Sports artefacts have hardly been given their due in India, evident in the absence of a proper sports museum in the country. Olympic sports and longstanding national passions like hockey have seen very little documentation. Except a handful of people who invest in artefacts, Indians are not serious collectors of memorabilia related to the passion they love to consume. This book is an effort to address that vacuum. My aim is to stimulate further research on the subject and encourage sports fans to memorialize their experiences better. It is a matter of great pleasure that HarperCollins India is partnering me in this endeavour.’
Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri, Executive Editor, HarperCollins, said, ‘This will be a collectors’ edition which all sports lovers will cherish, and it is a privilege to be publishing it. The book offers a snapshot of Indian sporting history through delectable stories, anecdotes and trivia, all complemented by the rarest of memorabilia associated with each sport. It is also an innovative approach to history-telling, and one that I hope will spark more such projects in India.’