MUMBAI: The news that a book on Sachin Tendulkar will have his blood mixed in the signature page surprised many – not least the legend himself. Busy with the Test against Sri Lanka at Galle, Tendulkar was unaware of the furore created by the claims of the publisher of the Sachin Tendulkar Opus. But on Friday, he clarified – exclusively to TOI – that he was not involved in any such bizarre plan.
“There is no truth in my blood being part of the book. It is basically a photographic publication and is not an autobiography or biography,” he said.
Clarifying on the subject, Tendulkar told TOI: “I understand this information came out during the Test match. As I was focusing on the game, I only got to hear about it yesterday (Thursday). There is no truth in my blood being part of the book. The book is basically a photographic publication that celebrates my life and is not an autobiography or a biography.”
The signature page of the special edition of the book will be a mix of Tendulkar’s blood and pulp was what Karl Fowler of Kraken Media – publisher of the book – was reported to have said.
However, on Friday, Fowler told TOI in a statement, “The Opus will not carry any blood as mentioned in the several articles/TV reports that have appeared over the last few days. I believe that my thoughts on this have been misunderstood.”
The Tendulkar Opus, being touted as a definitive photographic publication celebrating the cricketer’s career from the early years till date, will be presented on an unprecedented scale measuring half a metre and will weigh over 40 kg, claim the publishers. It will include three pullout gatefolds two metres in length, and will showcase some of the finest photography of the genius in action. Each edition will be hand-crafted and finished in a silk covered clamshell presentation case with unique designs created exclusively.
The Opus will be strictly limited in number (quantity/price to be decided), each one individually signed on a specially designed signature page by Tendulkar. A more affordable and smaller edition costing about Rs 12,000 will still weigh 14 kg.
“The proceeds from the book will go to charity. We will do more events that will benefit charities, but that will be decided once the book is completed,” said Tendulkar.
For the benefit of those who may not be able to afford the book, Tendulkar said, “The book will be available at different price points and in various new media formats which will be easily accessible and affordable for all. Free copies will also be given to libraries all over India.”