Sunday, September 26, 2010

Games they wrote

A deluge of books has hit the stands in anticipation of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. V. Kumara Swamy leafs through them

Given the shambolic state of preparations for the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010, and the tales of corruption that have been cropping up every day, this particular edition of the Games will probably be the most written about ever. But there’s a raft of books out already in anticipation of the Games. And despite the negative news flow, or perhaps because of it, they look likely to generate a lot of reader interest.

“When I began writing the book it was all about the history, preparation, legacy of the Games and such things. But as things started unfolding I had to touch upon topics that I had not planned to include,” says Sunil Yash Kalra, the author of Road to Commonwealth Games 2010 (Penguin) which was released early this week.

The cover typeface of Sellotape Legacy: Delhi & the Commonwealth Games (HarperCollins India) gives the impression that it’s a newsy book about the secrets behind all that has gone wrong with the Games so far. But, for its authors Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta, it’s a bit of that and more.

Full report here Telegraph

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