Sunday, March 18, 2018

Book Review: A century Is Not Enough

A Century Is Not Enough : My Roller-coaster Ride to SuccessA Century Is Not Enough : My Roller-coaster Ride to Success by Sourav Ganguly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good read overall (4.5 maybe). Towards the last couple of chapters I sort of found it a bit boring but completed the book nonetheless. If you have followed Ganguly, you will find this a very Ganguly-esque book. You will actually visualise Ganguly saying these in an interview. Its that close.

The good parts of the book are the feelings Ganguly shares along the way, the feeling of being selected for the India team for the first time, the shy, vulnerable Ganguly with the feelings of anxiety, the feelings of inferiority sitting among the stalwarts, the apprehensions etc. From that point to the most confident ( and to an extent an arrogant) Ganguly, you can feel the journey. He puts a reason to why he would be overly aggressive or arrogant at times and I was convinced and found myself respecting him a tad bit more now. Though I did feel at times he had really become a bit too overconfident towards the end of his career and wanted to sit on his past laurels, I could learn so much from a completely different angle as to how the ups and downs in life should be handled, how to cope through situations when people want to pull you down etc.

I would recommend this to anyone who follows a bit of cricket, who knows the events in Ganguly's career and wants to pick up Ganguly's mind when he faced through those situations or anyone who is just looking for some motivation getting around some difficult times in life.

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