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PROUD MOMENT: Jayanthi Jaisimha releasing the book `The Men Within' in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Former test cricketer S. L. Venkatpathi Raju and author Harimohan Paruvu are seen. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU
PROUD MOMENT: Jayanthi Jaisimha releasing the book `The Men Within' in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Former test cricketer S. L. Venkatpathi Raju and author Harimohan Paruvu are seen. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

V.V. Subrahmanyam

Ex-Ranji cricketer P. Harimohan's novel `The Men Within' is all about a youngster's cricketing dreams

HYDERABAD: `The Men Within' a cricketing tale written by former Ranji cricketer P. Harimohan can well be a fascinating story scripted by a gentleman cricketer, who has his roots in the once-famous cradle of cricketing talent Marredpally.

Jayanthi, wife of late M. L. Jaisimha, the man behind Marredpally's ascent as cricketing cradle of Hyderabad, released the 265-page book and handed over the first copy to national selector S. L. Venkatapathi Raju.

The timing of the book release with the World Cup around could not have been more perfect.

After all, cricket is all about timing. And for Harimohan who first played under the elegant Vivek Jaisimha at a higher level, it had to come up quite naturally.

The book looks at the intricacies and the intriguing battles within a school set-up on promoting the willow sport and sports in general.

A year's effort

Harimohan, who took one year to complete the book recapturing a three-decade experience with the sport on and off the field, believes that his tale was different from the regular tomes dealing with facts and figures.

"The experiences of schoolboy cricketers is one of the more interesting chapters," he said, reading out an excerpt.

This novel is all about a budding youngster's dream to be a cricketing hero and the hurdles one encounters at that crucial stage.

The interesting aspect of the book is that it also deals with the role even characters like the curators on the bigger stage of cricket in a very interesting manner.

Sold out!

If the early interest was any indication - all the copies on the stands were sold out at the book release function (even if one were to presume by Harimohan's friends and relatives).

`The Men Within' might just well be one of those favourites in the long run for any cricket lover. More so, this being cricket carnival time!


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