If you are a die-hard cricket fan, then you are sure to get enthralled by A Corner Of A Foreign Field: The Indian History Of A British Sport, which is a delightful and entertaining book. Written by Ramachandra Guha, the book talks at length about the once British sport and its gradual adaptation by localities, all weaved in one an amusing way. From tackling weighty topics like history and biography, to juggling with lighthearted topics like anecdotes and observations, it is adorned with descriptive words that translate into beautiful pictures.
The illustrated edition of the book was published by Picador in 2003, and is available in paperback. Guha meticulously blends social setup with a sport that has been loved by the Indian masses since its inception, in this book. He makes it clear through this book that he has not written just another book on the worshipped game in India, but he has rewritten the same story, while assembling all the important facts in a unique and witty way. From speaking about as important cricketers as Sachin Tendulkar and C K Nayudu, to introducing the role of important historians like Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, this book takes a reader on a rollercoaster ride.
The book breaks free from the shackles of some of the misleading facts and gives way to the actual facts. Before writing A Corner Of A Foreign Field: The Indian History Of A British Sport, the writer conducted in-depth research on this subject, and then poured out the facts in a sequential order. Keeping aside the information, the book imbues its readers with a story that is overwhelmingly intense, and entertaining.
- The book is a blend of originality, entertainment, and researched information.