Bhiwani Junction: The untold story of boxing in India
Author: Shamya Dasgupta
The Ultimate Olympic Quiz Book
Author: Suvam Pal
Both published by Harper Sport
Here come the big games. And the whole hoopla bandwagon with it. Sports journalists putting on their best caps to vomit all that they know, spilling the beans, going where the tracks dont.
Two here, in India. One does it well, one not so much. Evident, for Shamya Dasguptas Bhiwani Junction, which brings boxing to book with all its loopholes in India, is all set for a movie adaptation by filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia, while Suvam Pals Ultimate Olympic Quiz Book doesnt quite click with the quizzie in you.
Bhiwani... is an intense first person narrative of travelling through the bottlenecks in the road that takes you to the heartland of the sport that birthed heroes such as Vijender Singh and Akhil Kumar. It takes you right into the insides of the sport and its story through the English Raj, the fertile grounds of Calcutta and Patiala to the forgotten frontier, Manipur, all while exposing the pain and politics that hide behind the medal-smiles these young men sport.
Pals quiz book, on the other hand, has a section on every Olympic chapter in history, with the where was this and who was this questions. Sometimes, theyre too long and wordy, and the trivia, barring a few like the one that tells you how a Pakistani swimmer once forgot to wear his swimsuit under the gown, arent too interesting. No dirty secrets, eye-popping stuff, even let-me-tell-friends facts to boast about. While the former asks a lot of important questions, the latter answers all that youd have never asked.
So, Bhiwani is a pick-up for all curious minds. The quiz, only for sport school libraries.