Dreams Are Fulfilled In Hearts, And Not Necessarily On The Pitch

Review of Cricket Till I Die – The Dream That Almost Lived; Upneet Grover; Pustak Mahal 2011; Rs 150; pp 191

– Shana Susan Ninan

Now this is one book that’ll spur your spirits this cricket season. Authored by debutant Upneet Grover, Cricket Till I Die is written in such a way as to touch one’s heart and stroke one’s feelings. It is as much about cricket – or more – as it is about chasing one’s dream and believing in oneself.

Vineet Grover is a mediocre engineer in an IT firm; his life not so glamorous and his work not so exciting. Having only a grandmother as family, this 22-year-old moves from one day to another in his office without any interest in it. He seems to just pull on. His lack luster life takes a turn – literally – when he meets someone who inspires him to take up and follow his passion, cricket. After a rekindling of his passion, he takes up cricket seriously, with a fervent love to don the country’s blue jersey in the game. He even chucks a semester in his MBA and also backs out from his internship at a renowned management consultancy firm to practice cricket at the nearest ground.

The book makes for a quick read, and is divided into easy chapters, each starting with a motivational quote by well-known persons. The story starts from one point in time and moves forward, without causing and time and space confusions for the reader. Upneet has used well-meaning words, simple and easy to grasp. The language is not flowery; it is effortlessly written and beautifully crafted.

What I had a problem with was the last ten pages or so: it seems the author was in a hurry to finish and hastens up the story a tad bit too much. The punctuation is slightly off the mark, but with a little bit of polishing it can be taken of. The protagonist’s dilemma to choose between the bread-winning MBA and the luxurious life following it and the heart-fulfilling but harsher life of a cricketer at times rubs off the wrong way on the reader, as though there is something holding Vineet back from following his heart.

The cricket playing scenes are marvelous – you can almost feel like you’re on the pitch, or at least on the stands. There’s humour, too, in Upneet’s lines. It’s right there in the dialogues and the witty adjective phrases.

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Rating: 8.8/10 (8 votes cast)
Dreams Are Fulfilled In Hearts, And Not Necessarily On The Pitch, 8.8 out of 10 based on 8 ratings

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  1. April 1st, 2011 | Murli Melwani says:

    Shana, you hit a six with this review – Murli

  2. April 1st, 2011 | Vivek Banerjee says:

    I was one of the earliest readers of the book and I loved it. i am happy to inform everyone that the first edition has sold out and the second edition (with all the kinks ironed out)is expected within a month.

  3. April 3rd, 2011 | sudha says:

    It sounds interesting and after the marvelous match of 2nd of april i would love to read the book

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