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Fascinating review of Mihir’s book Silver by reviewer who knew him

posted 27 November 2017
Posted in Book reviews

Here is a wonderful review of Mihir’s book Silver, the Spy who Fooled the Nazis by Krishna Basu in ABP Sunday Magazine. Basu knew Silver well and sheds yet more light on this mysterious figure. You can read the article in it’s English translation by my good friend Sukalpa Pulak Gupta, BBC Bangla World Service.

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Mihir speaks up for Indian women’s cricket

posted 26 October 2017
Posted in Cricket

Mihir was one of the speakers at The Indian Forum on British Media’s event on 18th October at the House of Commons:  Indian Women’s Cricket–Past/Present/Future hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma, MP.

See his contribution (on YouTube) to Indian women’s cricket – past/present/future 







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Researching great Indian cricketers

posted 17 October 2017
Posted in Cricket

Mihir has just returned from a literary festival in India. While there he took the opportunity to do some research for his next book on Indian cricket.  He travelled to Najafgarh, just outside Delhi to meet Amar Nath Sharma, Virender Sehwag’s coach. These are pictures taken at his coaching centre where Sehwag learnt the game.

Mihir interviewing Amar Nath Sharma, Virender Sehwag’s coach.

Mihir went to Najafgarh, just outside Delhi to meet Amar Nath Sharma, Virender Sehwag’s coach.

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An unlikely Prince of Spies

posted 12 September 2017
Posted in India

Times Literary Supplement

Spies, by definition, live in a world of grey, but the life of Bhagat Ram Talwar, alias Silver, seems to have been exceptionally shadowy. Born a Hindu Pathan in the North-West Frontier Province of undivided India, of nondescript appearance, armed with broken English but with a limitless talent for deception, Silver ranks with Garbo (Allies), Sorge (Soviet Union) and Cicero (Nazi Germany) in the pantheon of the great spies of the Second World War. Even among them he is unique: he belonged to a colony involved in a freedom struggle of its own; his theatre was not Europe but the tribal badlands through which he would make twelve hazardous journeys between Peshawar and Kabul; and he spied, with varying degrees of loyalty, for five powers ­– Italy, Germany, Britain, the Soviet Union and Japan – and survived.

Read the rest of the review

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The ins and outs of cricketer Steven Finn’s life

posted 31 August 2017
Posted in Cricket

Financial Times

The Hampstead home of the England bowler is where he relaxes to focus on future glory

At Home with the FT Steven Finn 

Steven Finn, the Middlesex and England fast bowler, has had the sort of rollercoaster career that would have tempted many cricketers to give up in despair. He always seems to be on the brink of becoming England’s number one fast bowler, then has a slump in form or injury and is fighting to regain his place. In 2010, he took 5 for 87 during his first Test at Lord’s and was compared to Glen McGrath, the great Australian bowler. Yet in the seven years since, he has been in and out of the team. On the 2013/14 tour of Australia he was the only player in the squad not to play a Test and was sent home, with the coach Ashley Giles saying: “Steve is not selectable at the moment.” The next year, he was selected to play in a Test at Edgbaston, also against Australia. He took 6 for 79, won the man of the match award and set up the victory that turned the series. England went on to regain the Ashes, the most fabled competition in cricket.

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