“Nothing compares to Chennai”: Kapil Dev on his favorite cricket floor

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Kapil Dev releasing the ebook ‘Memoirs of a Foodie’ written by Ramaa Shankar at an occasion hosted by the Duchess membership.
| Photograph Credit score: S R Ragunathan

“I’m not a great author. However there’s at all times someone who writes that you just admire, they usually turn out to be your hero.” 

When World Cup-winning former Staff India cricket captain Kapil Dev mentioned these phrases, the viewers broke into thunderous applause. Close to him, stood the hero he referenced. writer Ramaa Shankar. An unlikely, but completely suited visitor, Kapil Dev took to the stage final week in Chennai to launch two of Ramaa’s books – The Hidden Treasure Tales and Memoirs of a Foodie — at a night hosted by The Duchess Membership. 

For the previous cricketer, being within the metropolis felt like a visit down reminiscence lane. “The most important factor in life is development, and development solely takes place whenever you begin travelling, and assembly completely different individuals,” he mentioned, earlier than he went on to speak about his reference to town. Chennai, in accordance with him, is a ‘lovable place’. 

“I’ve been coming right here since I used to be at school, and this place may be very form to me. I at all times carry out effectively right here. Somebody requested me which my favorite floor is, and I mentioned nothing compares to Chennai,” he mentioned, to loud cheers from the cricket followers within the packed viewers. From being requested to signal an autograph for his or her kids at dwelling, and questions on his profession statistics, everybody within the viewers needed to soak within the cricketing legacy that Kapil Dev’s presence signified. 

The cricketing legend finds a spot within the ebook, The Hidden Treasure Tales, which chronicles the nation’s wealthy historical past, tales, and the lives of people that formed the nation. “Everybody desires to examine superheroes, however India has so many legends. Kapil Dev is one amongst them. Whereas we learn about his cricketing profession, I’ve documented his philanthropic efforts by his NGO Khushii which has been serving to educate lady kids,” mentioned Ramaa. 

A bevy of visitors, together with actors Revathi and Samyuktha Hornad and singer Shibani Kashyap got here along with Kapil Dev to launch her different ebook — Memoirs of a Foodie. Ramaa is fast to make clear that this isn’t restricted to recipes or favorite meals, however traces the journeys of a lot of individuals and their encounters with meals. “It’s possible you’ll keep in mind your mom’s cooking, or keep in mind a dish made specifically throughout a pageant at dwelling. Samyuktha, Revathi, Shibani, Kapil and a bunch of others have shared their memoirs with me, which I’ve documented by this ebook,” she explains.

 
Coping with common themes, each books are for readers of all ages.

 Memoirs of a foodie is priced at ₹ 249 and The Hidden Treasure tales is priced at ₹ 299. Each books can be found on amazon.in.

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