‘The Winning Couple’

Hello and Welcome Back Book Lovers and it’s been a while.Our apologies.

This week we got chatty with the Mr & Mrs Bhogle, authors of the Bestselling Book ‘The Winning Way’.

The book has been on our Non Fiction Bestsellers charts and it gives out examples of famous sport personalities and leaders and how mangers can learn from these examples.

This dynamic duo who hold post graduate degrees from IIM A together run a sports based communication consultancy ‘Prosearch’ in Mumbai that provides motivational workshops by using metaphor of sports to discuss on team building, leadership etc.

 Passionate..Strong..Focussed..Inspirational..Witty..Chatty  and Insightful  is how we describe this Power Couple.

Read more from their interview..

1.         Tell us an interesting fact that took place while writing this book?

    A : I insisted on going alone to interview Sachin Tendulkar and had a very interesting conversation. Harsha has interviewed him several times over the last two decades but mine was very different.

    H : Not a fact as much as a realization that when you move up from writing 800 words you need discipline as much as flair and that is what Anita brought to this project.

2..        What is the message that you want to give your fans from this book.

   A: Simply put, winning is about being the best that you can be.

   H: Among many things, hopefully, that work ethic is the key to success for both an individual and a team.

3.         Your sentiments on being nominated for the award this year?

   A : Completely thrilled—it’s my first book !

   H : I feel a sense of respect and acceptance.

4. Two powerful sports personality according to you

   A: There are so many but I’d say Rahul Dravid and Steve Waugh for their  thoughts  on the game

   H : My major exposure has been to cricket so I would go with Imran Khan and Shane Warne but I would like to add Ian Chappell and Pullela Gopichand.

5.         How did the couple handle their creative differences while writing the book

   A: Actually, we didn’t have any major creative differences as such. We’ve been married for 27 years and have worked together for 11 years, so I guess our wavelengths now match. But we have completely different styles of working and that was a major struggle !

   H : Because of the number of years I have been writing I have got used  to my columns appearing as they are. A columnist doesn’t present a publication’s point of view so it tends to go as it is. Suddenly I had my co-author querying sentences and passages that I had written (once turning down an entire chapter!). I sat quietly and then I realized that even experienced writers need the rigour that a good editor imparts. That became critical to the writing of the book.

6.         What genre of books does Mr and Mrs Bhogle like to read?

A : To be honest , reading work related stuff itself takes so much time there’s little time for the rest. Lighter reading is restricted to books like The Kite Runner or Dan Browne that are fast paced. I found Gurcharan Das’ The Difficulty of Being Good very thought provoking.

H : I tend to start books and leave them incomplete and start something else, especially since I read so much on the internet. My primary interest though is sport.

7.         If Mr Bhogle wouldn’t have been a commentator what profession would he have chosen


8.         Your favourite holiday destination

    London, when it’s not very cold. We love to walk around.        

9. Your awkward moment on tv

H: Having a live cheetah sitting next to me being fed raw meat by a trainer (and am vegetarian!) and aware of the fact that I needed to look into a camera. But my senses were focused on the cheetah!

10. Your views on how is India faring on the Sports scene across various international competitions/championships

The Olympics were a realization that with a bit of care and planning, Indians can do well. We need to tap the energy of the new India and give it opportunity; the business world has done it and we can see the same restlessness and ambition in sportspeople as well

(A stands for Anita Bhogle & H for Harsha Bhogle)


Publisher: Westland Books

Price: Rs 200


Signing off for Now..

Untill Next Time Geeks

Happy Reading!!

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