When Kapil Dev and Bishan Singh Bedi took the Algebra stage, they demonstrated why they’re heroes, not just to a generation but to the entire country.
In a conversation utterly captivating for its authenticity and raw charm, both former captains told incredible stories about their time on the field, their relationships with legends of the game – including Bedi with his first skipper the Nawab of Pataudi and Kapil with his first skipper Bedi. The two legends, onstage with author and veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai – himself son of the iconic Dilip Sardesai – talked of Rajdeep’s intriguing new book Democracy’s Eleven that draws a parallel between the arenas of democracy and cricket, and places it as the most egalitarian of Indian obsessions, freed of the tyranny of legacy and lineage.
But it was when Kapil launched into an impassioned critique of the Indian obsession with English and of judging intelligence by people’s facility with the language that Kapil connected most intimately with the audience, and showed that the passion he brought to the field is alive and vibrant in his otherwise measured demeanour.
Algebra, the Arts & Ideas Club brings together a fellowship of people who believe great cities are built not just on infrastructure but a life of the mind; who understand robust and liberal societies need the oxygen of great conversation and nuanced thinking.
At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by rage and noise, Algebra is a live and continuous space for people to come together for a genuine exchange of ideas and exposure to issues; where new seeds could be sparked, fresh perspectives formed, and intelligent connections made.
Algebra – the Arts and Ideas Club is designed to host almost 35 engagements over the year with topline thinkers and practitioners from almost every discipline that impacts human affairs: politics, economy, environment, spirituality, cinema, medicine, science, technology, music, media, literature, the arts, sports, people’s movements, et al.