It was recently announced that Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography,
The Tendulkar Opus
, will have a limited ‘blood edition’ releasing next February. The edition will weigh 37 kgs, contain 852 pages edged in gold leaf and consist of his unpublished family pictures. Strangely, the 10 editions of the book, which have been priced at $75,000 each, will have an autograph of Tendulkar that will mix his blood with paper pulp. The book will also feature the batsman’s DNA profile, obtained from his saliva.
People are voicing their protests online. Shobha De tweeted, “Sachin’s blood and saliva in an 852 pages book costing $75,000, weighing 37 kg? Aaaargh! This blood edition OPUS sounds bloody awful, almost sick.”
Tweets on this from Sachin’s fans on the internet ranged from “ridiculous”, “weird” to “not done” and “cheap”. One fan noted, “I’m disappointed at this. Thought the unassuming great had more class”. Another joked, “Thank God the book doesn’t have Sachin’s semens in it.”
Director Vivek Agnihotri also tweeted, “Sachin’s blood and saliva in an 852 pages book costing $75,000,weighing 37kg? Already 10 bookings. Atleast 10 people are honest idiots.”