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Opening Innings in the Kitchen

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 Cooking on the Run by Boria Majumdar, book reviewA cricket writer and sports scholar writing about food? That’s a surprise for a start, even though cricket writers certainly eat and probably enjoy their food as much as anyone else. Boria Majumdar’s book, though is written with specific agenda, to get men who cannot cook into the kitchen and make them comfortable with the pots and pans. He describes his book as “simply the average Indian man’s survival mechanism in times of need” and begins by explaining that one point he couldn’t even make an omelette. Then, while at Oxford on his Rhodes scholarship stint, he encountered Professor Talib Ali who invited him to dinner and fed him a comfortingly spicy home cooked meal that made Majumdar feel perfectly at home and determined to master food before his wife arrived on the scene.


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More Politics Than Sport

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Sellotape LegacyIn the middle of all the mess behind the Commonwealth Games, it’s nice to have a book that attempts to put the whole thing into perspective and provides facts and figures that are not commonly available. Majumdar and Mehta say that the idea for the book came to them during an auto rickshaw ride in which the driver grumbled that there was a great gap between the Delhi of the Games and the Delhi of the people. The result was a book that gives the Delhi Games a context against the wider picture of the Commonwealth Games and other international Games like the Beijing Olympics.

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