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Honour In Imperfection

Sanjay Manjrekar's insightful and utterly frank autobiography sets a high standard to aim for, while engendering in us a new respect for the man

Honour In Imperfection
Honour In Imperfection
outlookindia.com
2018-02-20T14:22:36+05:30

Autobiography is to be tru­sted only if it reveals something disgraceful, wrote George Orw­ell. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a ser­ies of defeats. Sanjay Manjrekar’s Imp­erfect wins over the reader early with a startling confession: “I played cricket not because I deeply loved the game…(but because) I wanted to be famous.”

It is not the thought that is unique, but its admission. The tone is set: this is a book of searing honesty. There is suffering and embarrassment, but no complaint. Above all, there is gratitude and acceptance—not qualities one always finds in a cricketing memoir.

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