A very tiny percentage of aspiring sportspeople actually make it to the big league. While some manage to play for their state and salvage a bit of pride, the rest languish in sporting hell. Ashwath Aiyappa shares his story of how he was able to look beyond societal conditioning and face his own psychological demons. In this book, he shows how all the skill in the world is useless if the mind does not allow that skill to be expressed. Ashwath writes of an intelligence that brings about a balance between thinking, feeling and being in the moment. An intelligence that could perhaps lead not only to peak performance states, but also change the way one looks at the world and one’s role in it. An intelligence that is spiritual, indigenous and considered a part of this nation’s bloodstream, yet somehow remains hidden. And how the game he loved most would be instrumental in revealing it.
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To Sri M, from the author
Chapter 1: Formative years at Lovedale
Chapter 2: Exposure to city life
Chapter 3: Playing league cricket
Chapter 4: The role of a coach
Chapter 5: The accidental 'zone' experience
Chapter 6: The KPL season of 2009
Chapter 7: Building brain into muscle – Preparation
Chapter 8: Thinking about thinking
Chapter 9: That indefinable something
Chapter 10: Home-made happiness
Chapter 11: The syncing of two Goliaths
Chapter 12: The Science of meditation
Chapter 13: Goal keeping
Chapter 14: Stop it you control freak
Chapter 15: Fear of failure
Chapter 16: What the greats have to say
Chapter 17: Never say die – The stories of Mumbai and Pravin Tambe
Chapter 18: Once upon a time in India
About the author
A note from the author's parents
Praise for the book
Peak performance states or the 'zone' in sports occur when the mind is free of distraction and totally absorbed in action. As such sport has the power to produce spiritual states of mind. To say it plainly, spirituality too is a gradual process towards becoming established in the present. In simple language, Ashwath has explained how he practically applied spirituality to better his life. This book is for everyone, not just sportspeople, and my blessings are with it.
This book is simply brilliant. It talks about how ‘failure’ can teach you (if you let it). Ashwath was a dedicated cricketer and a decade ago he changed the definition of hard work. Sadly, dedication doesn’t always guarantee success, but ultimately the only real failure in life is not knowing how to be happy. With beautiful narration he presents an alternate vantage point, and explains how in the end cricket gave him more than he could have ever asked for.
Cricket is not only about skill level and temperament but it’s also about luck, no matter how hard you work. Lakhs of players play, thousands work hard but only 11 can play in a team. Ashwath was a talented and hardworking cricketer and this book is a result of his intense experience. It introduces a dimension seldom spoken of, and ends up being a book not merely about cricket, but about life. Very interesting and absorbing, it is a must for sportspeople and for those associated with sport.
Ashwath speaks from authentic personal experience and provides a spiritual perspective tailor-made for young sportspeople. They will know that googlies are bowled all the time and in various forms. This book offers you a way of playing them successfully.
"In simple language Ashwath has explained how he practically applied spirituality to better his life. This book is for everyone, not just sportspeople and my blessings are with it."
"Very interesting and absorbing, it is a must for sportspeople and for those associated with sport."
"This book is simply brilliant."
"Ashwath speaks from authentic personal experience and provides a spiritual perspective tailor-made for young sportspeople."
"Finally we have a book that satisfies a burning need, fearlessly written it goes beyond the obvious. This book will be a fantastic guide to sports parents, coaches and others connected with developing sportsmen" - Dr. Kinjal Suratwala, Head of Sports Science and Coach Education.
About the Author
For the past two years Ashwath Aiyappa worked extremely hard on writing this book, completing the manuscript before his untimely demise in tragic circumstances.
Ashwath began playing cricket at a very young age, and found early success when he represented the Karnataka state Under-16 team. He was also a Ranji probable and played first division league cricket for several top clubs in Bengaluru and Mumbai – Jawahars, Swastik Union, BUCC and DY Patil. In addition, he undertook coaching assignments at the PeepalGrove School in Sadum (Andhra Pradesh), where he was much loved and adored by the children.
With a degree in computer science from St Joseph’s College, Ashwath continued being a student throughout. He had a huge appetite for knowledge – he read widely on a range of subjects including psychology, philosophy, religion, history, business and of course sport. Ashwath also undertook several online training courses and sought the advice of various experts. Apart from his sporting achievements, he was an entrepreneur. He co-founded a very successful software company, later selling his stake to concentrate on cricket.
Ashwath Aiyappa represented Karnataka at the Under-16 level and was also a Ranji probable. He played first division league cricket for several top clubs in Bengaluru and Mumbai – Jawahars, Swastik Union, BUCC and DY Patil. Ashwath has a degree in computer science from St Joseph’s College, Bengaluru. Apart from his sporting achievements, he was an entrepreneur. He co-founded a very successful software company, later selling his stake to concentrate on cricket.
Ashwath tragically passed away in April 2014 in a drowning accident, before the release of the book.
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Posted 15 Oct, 2015
Ashwath writes of an intelligence that brings about a balance between thinking, feeling and being in the moment. An intelligence that could perhaps lead not only to peak performance states, but also change the way one looks at the world and one’s role in it.
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