Thursday, April 11, 2019

Book Review - Life in the Sunshine by T Sathish

If you ask any person brought up in India between 1980-2010s, which organized game they played in their childhood, they will say Cricket. Though national level status is never given to the game by authorities, country citizens have given Numero Uno status to Cricket. India is one of the country (or I would say the only country) where the number of people watching cricket match when India playes against Pakistan would be more than the number of people vote in Parliament election. So it was clear that the same craze would be passed on to the younger generation. Same was the craze of cricket in my childhood. We used to dream/act/pretended like a future cricketer.

Book Blurb
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. 
"Life in Sunshine" is the story of such 3 friends. One was Sam a good player selected at different levels. Another was okay-okay (out protagonist - author) Sat who was trying his best to become a better player. The last one was Trib who as crazy about the sport but cannot give physical efforts for the same. So he wanted to be a cricket commentator. The story covers their life in different phases in between cricket.

My observations
  1. You will find many relatable incidents while reading the story.
  2. You may get nostalgic feeling due to similarity with your childhood.
  3. Funny incidents, hiding weakness on the ground of excuses and getting the help of friends to prove you correct, does sound familiar? 
  4. Funny narration will make read lighter
  5. Easy language. Light read
  6. Best for traveling
I will give 3.5/5 to the author.

Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

We would like to thank WritersMelon for providing us the review copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.


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