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To understand modern India, one must look at the business of cricket within the country.

When Lalit Modi — an Indian businessman with a criminal record, a history of failed business ventures, and a reputation for audacious deal making — created a Twenty20 cricket league in India in 2008, the odds were stacked against him. International cricket was still controlled from London, where they played the long, slow game of Test cricket by the old rules. Indians had traditionally underperformed in the sport but the game remained a national passion. Adopting the highly commercial American model of sporting tournaments, and throwing scantily clad western cheerleaders into the mix, Modi gave himself three months to succeed. And succeed he did — dazzlingly — before he and his league crashed to earth amid astonishing scandal and corruption.

The emergence of the IPL is a remarkable tale. Cricket is at the heart of the miracle that is modern India. As a business, it represents everything that is most dynamic and entrepreneurial about the country's economic boom, including the industrious and aspiring middle-class consumers who are driving it. The IPL also reveals, perhaps to an unprecedented degree, the corrupt, back-scratching, and nepotistic way in which India is run.

A truly original work by a brilliant journalist, The Great Tamasha* makes the complexity of modern India — its aspiration and optimism straining against tradition and corruption — accessible like no other book has.

*Tamasha: a Hindi world meaning "a spectacle."

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The Great Tamasha is the story of modern India told through the glitzy, scandalous and mind-blowingly lucrative Twenty20 cricket tournament, the Indian Premier League. The IPL — merging the three forces of politics, business and Bollywood — has transformed cricket and transfixed India like nothing before it.

About the Author

James Astill has been the South Asia Bureau Chief for The Economist, stationed in New Delhi, since 2007. He has written for a range of publications around the world — from The Guardian to Japan Times. Astill has won four major journalism awards including the America's Gerald R. Ford Prize for Reporting on National Defense and the Grantham prize for a special report on the world's forests. He lives in New Dehli.

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viratdattani, September 10, 2013 (view all comments by viratdattani)
This book provide us to true picture of indian cricket,politic ,corruption in morden india.How incresing a gambling and other activity in morden india also read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781608199174
Subtitle:
Cricket, Corruption, and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India
Author:
Astill, James
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Subject:
Cricket
Subject:
Sociology - General
Publication Date:
20130709
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Great Tamasha is the story of modern India told through the glitzy, scandalous and mind-blowingly lucrative Twenty20 cricket tournament, the Indian Premier League. The IPL — merging the three forces of politics, business and Bollywood — has transformed cricket and transfixed India like nothing before it.
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