The great balancing act

Jarrod Kimber invited me on his Red Inker podcast to chat about my favourite chapter. Chaper 11, Moving On.

We spoke about Pramila Bhatt and Neha Tanwar and Punam Raut, their stories of family and babies, of miscarriages and depression, of success and satisfaction. And also about the many women whose names we won't know because they never made it that far.

The chapter, and our chat, is about cricket and marriage and family and the many choices that women make, sometimes because they want to, sometimes because they have to, and sometimes because it's not really a choice at all. It's about personal and social expectations, and how a woman can be many things. But also a system that doesn't do much to support her in all that she is and can be.

Women’s cricket in India: Then and now

The Last Wicket podcast had the very articulate Ananya Upendran and me on to talk about the evolution of women's cricket in India.

How has the sport changed from the 70s? What are the pros and cons of women's cricket coming under BCCI? What work needs to happen at the grass roots? Why has batting in the women's game changed so much and so quickly, and has the bowling kept pace? What is the state of analytics? We touch upon all that and then a bit.

Crossword book awards: In great company!

Update: We didn't win. Shanta Gokhale got the award. But I'm still kicked about just being nominated alongside Guha, Gandhi and Rajan. Phew!

Crossword Book Awards The Jury Shortlist 2019 Non-fiction
Crossword Book Awards The Jury Shortlist 2019 Non-fiction

The Fire Burns Blue is on the Crossword Book Awards Jury Shortlist 2019 for non-fiction 'stories that inspire' – and in some great company!

Is Fire Burns Blue on your reading list?

The Hindu makes lists, and we were on a few about the best sports books going around.

World Cup reading list

Books to read in 2018

Another century, another list – the intelligent fan’s guide ("The history of Pakistan cricket, The Unquiet Ones by Osman Samiuddin is an account by an insider who had the advantage of distance, while The Fire Burns Blue, the story of women’s cricket in India is a lovingly constructed history by Karunya Keshav and the late Sidhanta Patnaik.")