Status: Read from Dec 13 to Dec 13, 2015
My rating: /5
Author: Vishal Bhatia
Jangsher Singh, a top junior tennis player, meets with the sweetheart of his youth on one foggy afternoon outside his ancestral village in India. When he is caught in the midst of an intimate moment by her “very old-minded” brothers, the situation turns bloody; he will never again be the same. Several years later, a scarred Jangsher emerges in Melbourne at a Grand Slam, a rookie wildcard at the top of his game.
His tournament record will determine the fate of two bumbling pseudo-geeks from Sydney—Yug and his tobacco-chewing cousin, Aman—who can’t seem to catch a break. The car they borrowed for their weekend getaway, an Audi R8 called Flame, has fallen into the hands of a brutish thief, and now they must do whatever they can to get it back.
Come Monday morning, will Yug be able to return Flame to its owner in Sydney? Will Jangsher be able to withstand the fierce gamesmanship of Hierro, the greatest southpaw ever to have played tennis? Might Aman be able to establish an official website for the Indian rookie in time to save himself from financial ruin?
Can Jangsher be victorious against Hierro? Will he end up facing the great and widely beloved Temujic—what chance might he possibly have of keeping up with the reigning champion? It will take guts of steel. No quarter shall be asked, and none given.
Whose story is this? Jangshersingh, Yug or Aman. Jangshersingh, a top junior tennis player. Aman, a IT lead and Yug, an easy going young man. How are they related?
Teenage Jangshersingh goes to meet his sweetheart on a foggy afternoon. This meeting takes a horrible bloody turn. Several years passes to this incident. A decade later, Jangshersingh emerges in Melbourne at the Grand Slam as a wildcard entry.
Aman with his cousin Yug, plans to go and watch the Grand Slam during the long weekend. Yug borrowed an Audi R8 (named Flame) from Patrick for their weekend trip.
The story is smooth going till now. Two stories running in parallel tracks. Jangshersingh emerged as more confident and tuff guy after the bloody incident. And Aman and Yug, as cool and normal as any IT guy would be.
Being an IT professional, I can relate to Aman when he says, “Untested code can’t just get shipped prematurely like that. It cannot go live.” I have used almost the same sentence time and again at work making sure each new change or development undergoes four level of testing before it is deployed to production.
Aman and Yug are enjoying their ride on Flame. But their unfortunate fate leads them to a car theft. They have to get back the Flame by Monday to return it to its owner. But for that they need to pay some amount. On the other side there is a huge buzz about the match between the wildcard entry Jangshersingh and the greatest tennis player ever Hierro.
Under all these mess and pressure, Aman thinks of a plan to get back Flame. He contacts the most efficient developer Lizz from his team for help. He himself is not sure how successful his plan will be. He is putting his everything on risk with very nominal success rate.
On the other hand, spectators are amazed by Jangshersingh’s playing style which is not very certain. Every time Jangshersing makes the crowd gasp with astonishment with his unexpected moves in the game. Spectators have even putting bet on Jangshersingh to play against the tennis giant Temujic.
I do not want to put a spoiler here. How Aman and Yug relate to Jangshersingh? Does Jangshersingh come out victorious against Hierro? Will Jangshersingh play against Temujic? To know the answers go ahead and read this book.
This is my first ever sport fiction. Though I loved reading this book, I felt there were few un-necessary intimate scenes. The first chapter narration was needed as the base of this book. The character Bridget was not required. The story would have gone smooth without her as well. It was more like watching a movie. And I expected the ending to be like a typical bollywood movie. But the ending came out to be surprising but not disappointing. If you are eager for any sports fiction, then this book is a sure read.