Sat, Sam, and Trib (a.k.a Triple Sundae gang) are teenagers and they love the sport of Cricket. They spend most of their time watching and playing the sport they love. They dream of making their living in the sport.
When they are not playing the game, they put on their thinking cap and come up with alternate versions of important matches or provide parodic answers to questions that have plagued cricket fans over the years.
However, fate intervenes in their idyllic life. On 18th April 1986, Javed Miandad hits Chetan Sharma for a six in Sharjah and leaves their cricket viewing life in tatters. The after-effects of this fateful event, continue to haunt them for many years.
Their problems don’t end there.
Sat fails to graduate from school level cricket to state-level cricket. He is heartbroken by the loss of his dreams and faces a mini identity crisis.
How do the boys solve their problems?
Will the boys ever recover from that Javed Miandad incident?
Will Sat get his mojo back?
Come, join the heartwarming ride and find out the answers, as Sat takes you through his nostalgic memories of the sport and narrates his coming of age story, which is deeply influenced by the sport!
The book- Life in the Sunshine, is ultimately a positive book about the quest of cricketing happiness, whatever the source of the desolation left behind.
Sathish’s occasional wit will make you giggle and blends nicely with his fabulous storytelling, but the book starts slow and then paces up!
Funny anecdotes about happenings in the name of cricket and crisp writing are apparent on every page of this lovely book, giving it a cheerful tone as if the author just turned to face you across the tea table to tell you a story.
Life in the sunshine by T. Sathish is a blissful read for niche cricket lovers and that connects me beautifully right from collecting money to get my first cricketing kit. The journey from playing with a tennis ball to hardball and the comical start of cricket is nostalgic.
The best part or perhaps the USP of this book is the simplicity of the narrative! Using crispy simple English to keep the plot moving soothes the read.
The author transmutes himself along with the cricket matches he watches. He eats, drinks, sleep, lives and breathes cricket!
Especially this world cup season, don’t miss this book but if you are not a cricket aficionado, some parts will bore you! I would recommend this book for its stunning storytelling anyhow.
The story untold should be told.
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