Monday, October 10, 2011

Crowning Glory: Special supplement on India's triumph in the ICC World Cup 2011

Crowning Glory is a special supplement on India's triumph in the ICC World Cup 2011, written, designed and produced by Indra Vikram Singh. The Indian team lifted the One-day cricket World Cup for the second time on 2nd April 2011 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, crowning a glorious four-year stint in which the inspired outfit won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 and reached the no. 1 spot in Test cricket in 2010 for the first time in its history. This World Cup triumph also crowned the glittering career of the inimitable Sachin Tendulkar who has set lofty benchmarks in Test matches as well as One-day Internationals.

Recounting the story of the 2011 cricket World Cup, Crowning Glory brings forth the hot spots - the highlights of this exhilarating tournament, the legends of the World Cup who sparkled in the event, and the new records that were set up. There are breathtaking photographs that tell a graphic tale, encapsulating another thrilling chapter in India's journey in the world of cricket.

This special supplement will be complimentary with the 544-page collector's edition 'The Big Book of World Cup Cricket' (ISBN 978-81-901668-4-3) by Indra Vikram Singh. The Big Book of World Cup Cricket as well as Crowning Glory (ISBN 978-81-901668-6-7, stand-alone price Rupees 200) are published by Sporting Links.

The author Indra Vikram Singh may be contacted on email or mobile phone no. +91 9899579063.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Maharaja's Turf

This is the story of the exhilarating win of Maharaja Sir Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla in the English Derby at Epsom in 1934, the only Indian owner to win the blue riband of the turf in its 231-year history. His horse Windsor Lad triumphed on that cloudy afternoon of 6th June, earning the Maharaja a unique hat-trick of Derby victories as he had already clinched the first Indian Derby at Calcutta in 1919 with his horse Tipster, and the Irish Derby at Curragh in 1926 with Embargo.

It is a fully illustrated book by Maharaja Vijaysinhji’s grandson Indra Vikram Singh, with classic media photographs of the race and from the Rajpipla royal family collection over many generations. The book has been extensively researched from about 80 newspapers and magazines of 1934 and five books, besides websites, and carries articles by Maharaja Vijaysinhji himself. There are news reports, cartoons and caricatures which open out a whole new world to the modern reader. Featured in its pages are King George V and Queen Mary and other members of the British royal family, the Aga Khan, Maharaja Man Singh II of Jaipur and the leading racehorses, owners, trainers and jockeys of the day, among other eminent personalities.

The book affords a look at a bygone era of a princely way of life and the days of the Raj, into the period between the two World Wars, delves into history and links the past with present times. It unfolds the tale of the uncanny prophesy of Gipsy Lee, the several coincidences around the number 13, the defeat of a ‘super-horse’, and the unrelenting quest of a prince to realise his dream, that is bound to keep the reader transfixed.

A Maharaja’s Turf is published by Sporting Links and already available in leading bookshops in India.
ISBN 978-81-901668-3-6, 148 pages, Hardbound, Fully illustrated, MRP Rupees 1995.

The author Indra Vikram Singh may be contacted on email, or mobile phone no. + 91 9899579063.