Library on sale
Sir — Old books are as invaluable as gems for book lovers. By disposing of priceless old documents on the grounds that they were “extra copies”, the Asiatic Society authorities have committed a grave error (“Holes in Asiatic society defence”, Dec 21). This has resulted not only in an irreparable loss but also dented the institution’s credibility. Lack of space cannot be considered a reason to merit such a move. Instead of selling off rare books, the institution should take urgent steps to preserve such treasures for the future.
Surajit Das, Calcutta
Sir — Many had laughed at Sourav Ganguly when he said the following lines in a soft drink commercial — “Mein Sourav Ganguly, bhule to nahin?” Ganguly cut a sorry figure then. He found himself out of the team and his detractors argued that he was not good enough for international cricket anymore. But Ganguly was not willing to give up easily. He worked hard and fought his way back into the side. And, in this calendar year, he has scored more than 1000 runs, thereby showing that he has lost neither his touch nor his hunger for runs. Like all great batsmen, Ganguly knows what his weaknesses are and makes adjustments to his technique accordingly. His current performance will surely make Messrs More and Chappell unhappy. Here is a man who believes in nothing else, but in himself, his grit and determination. No praise is high enough for our Dada.
Arindam Dasgupta, Mumbai
Sir — Sourav Ganguly must be a happy man after his stupendous performance against Pakistan (“1000 runs plus twin trophies”,Dec 13). The seasoned campaigner batted like a young man and piled runs against the Pakistani bowlers. Ganguly seemed to have gone back to his good old days, creaming runs off Shoaib Akhtar and other pacemen. If Ganguly’s willow continues to talk in Australia, he will definitely replace Jacques Kallis, the South African all-rounder, as the highest run-getter in Tests in 2007.
Subhayu Saha, Khagra, Murshidabad
Sir — Sourav Ganguly’s form with the bat must have disappointed his critics. Despite their best efforts, they could not stop Ganguly from bagging the man-of-the-match award in Bangalore. Not only that, Ganguly was also adjudged the best player in the series against Pakistan. Ganguly’s successful showing has also resulted in a few barbs being thrown at him now. All this proves once again that a headstrong coach and an uncaring selection committee had almost succeeded in ending the career of one of India’s finest batsmen.
Anil Kumar Choudhury, Kalyani
Sir — There is a saying in Tamil that even the worst of clocks shows the correct time twice daily. This adage is true of Sourav Ganguly as well. Ganguly may have struck a century in Calcutta and followed it up with a double in Bangalore. But his supporters should remember that he has managed to score his only double century after playing over ninety Tests. The truly great never have to wait this long for a double century in cricket.
V.S. Giri, Calcutta
Sir — A lot has been said about the composition of India’s batting order for the Tests against Australia. Yet, no one seems to think that the number three position should now go to Sourav Ganguly, and not to Laxman or Dravid. After all, Ganguly is in sublime form and must be allowed to go ahead of the others to take the attack to the Aussies.
Pratim Boral, Calcutta