Cricket today is a blend of nostalgia and the future, innocence and worldliness, which demands a different kind of storytelling. On the one hand, it is only cricket and the English language that have achieved the transition from colony to commonwealth. On the other, cricket inevitably conjures up thoughts of childhood days, where on a little nukkad (street corner), armed with tennis ball and bat, groups of friends enacted the great battles of a lifetime. Nukkad cricket created a bunch of local heroes, little legends who inevitably faded away in later life. This is an innocence captured in R K Narayan’s Swami and Friends (1935), in which a gang of urchins form the Madras Cricket Club, evocative of the legendary association of the same acronym.
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Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
Old Faces, New Precedents
On 11 May 2013, Pakistan went to the polls in a general election that will transfer power democratically for the first time in the nation's history. Nawaz Sharif has claimed victory for the Pakistan Muslim League-N.
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