Pataudi’s regal style has been replaced by commercialisation
I agree with Rajdeep Sardesai’s views in Back to the pavilion (Beyond the Bite, September 26) that MAK Pataudi was instrumental in bringing a regal style to the game and take it to international heights. His determination showed that disability cannot come in the way of ambition. Later in life, he chose to stay away from fame and money for happiness and contentment. It was unfortunate that many of today’s cricketers were not to be seen at Pataudi’s funeral.
Sreemoy Ghose, Jamshedpur
Sardesai rightly mentions that Pataudi’s death has prompted a media retrospective of Indian cricket. Earlier, the game would be played by sportsmen attired in dignified white shirts. Today’s cricketers are armoured mannequins more interested in promoting their generous sponsors’ commercial interests than in the sport. Indeed, cricketers like Pataudi helped bring Indian cricket to a level where our current cricketers can reap rewards in excess of their success.
Phiroze B Javeri, Mumbai
An ear to the ground
Alpa Sheth’s article On very shaky ground (September 27) provides inputs about earthquakes from various parts of the world. As the writer points out, no scientific tool can correctly predict an earthquake. Disaster management courses and proper awareness of safety measures can help minimise the losses.
AS Malhotra, Delhi
No win-win situation here
This refers to the report Oppn unsettling govt to force early polls: PM (September 28). Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should remember that winning elections does not absolve a government of its acts of omission and commission.
Devraj Gulati, via email