Episode 220: The Sharda Ugra Files

India has changed so much in the last 30 years — and so has Indian sport. One of our finest chroniclers, Sharda Ugra, joins Amit Varma in episode 220 of The Seen and the Unseen to talk about sports journalism, cricket, other Indian sports, and how she has embraced both the sublime and the shady. Also discussed: the eternal charm of Sion, Atul Bedade, gorillas and paagal kuttas.

Also check out:
1. Sharda Ugra at ESPN Cricinfo (12) and India Today.
2. Sharda Ugra’s books for John Wright and Yuvraj Singh.
3. A Cricket Tragic Celebrates the Game — Episode 201 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ramachandra Guha).
4. Building Sports Ecosystems — Episode 126 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Joy Bhattacharjya).
5. The Evolution of Cricket — Episode 97 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Harsha Bhogle).
6. Money in Cricket — Episode 41 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gideon Haigh and Prem Panicker).
7. Summertime — The Miles Davis version. (Other iconic versions here.)
8. Ghachar Ghochar — Vivek Shanbhag, translated by Srinath Perur.
9. Amit Varma talks about Ghachar Ghochar in episode 13 of The Book Club on Storytel.
10. Anil Kumble delivers the second Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial lecture.
11. Rahul Dravid’s guide for haters to enjoy the IPL — Sharda Ugra.
12. The Prem Panicker Files — Episode 217 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Prem Panicker).
13. A Meditation on Form — Amit Varma.
14. The Tamilian Gentleman Who Took on the World — Amit Varma.
15. The Girl From Haryana — Amit Varma.
16. The Connell Guide to How to Write Well — Tim de Lisle.

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