28 September, 2020

Shoaib Akhtar

I said to myself: “Hey Shoaib, you are an author now!” And once asleep, I dreamt I am a novelist. My new book is out (aptly titled ‘Conveniently Mine’)

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Shoaib Akhtar
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On a recent Delhi-Mumbai flight, I became a serial dreamer. It was a smooth takeoff and, as we levelled at 33,000 feet, the seat belt sign switched off so I decided to take a quick nap. My book, Controversially Yours, had already created a stir in India over my sharp remarks about Sachin and Rahul, both of whom were no match-winners (they were in fact even afraid to face me). But to be honest, I was more pleased to be back in the news, this time as an author (although Anshu Dogra, my co-writer, helped a lot in putting the book together. But what the heck!)

Anyway, before I crashed out (‘slept’ I’m told is better usage, especially aboard planes!) I said to myself: “Hey Shoaib, you are an author now!” And once asleep, I dreamt I am a novelist. My new book is out (aptly titled ‘Conveniently Mine’) where yours truly is the central character again—the engine of the Rawalpindi-Lahore Express. I am a very committed one and run non-stop without going off track. This makes me the favourite...

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