Since Disney got into the printing and publishing business in India two years ago, they have kept their focus to supplementary learning for children. Now, for the first time, it is branching out to reach a wider audience with a book on cricketer Rahul Dravid. Titled Timeless Steel, the book will be launched in Mumbai today. Rahul will be in conversation with fellow cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar who has written one of the articles, and author-commentator Harsha Bhosle.
Cricket and Bollywood are the two biggest connects in India and we decided to start with Rahul. Not only is he our Mr Dependable who ruled the cricket world for decades, but this year, he announced his retirement from the sport, following which emotions have been running high among his fans across the country, says Roshni Bakshi, managing director, Consumer Products, Publishing and Retail, Disney UTV.
Roshni describes the 256-page anthology as a tribute to one of Indian crickets greatest legends. It is a collection of 30 articles contributed by a cross-section of people who have known Rahul closely: former Team India coaches Greg Chappell and John Wright, former cricketer Jason Gillespie, teammate Suresh Raina. In the book, Mukul Kesavan analyses the techniques that earned him the adage The Wall. Journalist Sidharth Monga offers his take on his captaincy. Ed Smith shares dressing room stories and Vijeeta Dravid gives an insight into the man and her perfectionist husband.
Sambhit Bal, editor, ESPN Cricinfo, who has collaborated with Disney Publishing on the book, has also written a piece. The book also features interviews with Rahul over the years.
Its easy reading without an overload of technical details, promises Roshni, who says that Disney Publishing is also in talks with other cricketers for similar projects.