NOT JUST CRICKET… by Vikram Dravid is a novel that weaves interlacing tales, riveting cricket games and the realities of life. The stories and experiences of his vibrant characters exhort you to think beyond the mundane and get you to reflect upon the ultimate ride, life and its very authentic challenges. Entertaining the reader with beautifully worded anecdotes and descriptions, this book is a testament to self-empowerment, the importance of being true to oneself. As the lives of the characters unfold in this fascinating tale, a myriad of complex and conflicting emotions come to the fore. Every new page draws the reader deeper into the book. Even its conclusion leaves you wanting to know more.
Arjun, a talented but easygoing kid from the cricket-crazy metropolis of Mumbai rises from anonymity to the glory of cricket stardom. As the narrative shifts from Mumbai to Pakistan, the novel captures the coming of age of the young protagonist.
Is it his inner strength and belief, innate talents, a talisman or plain karma that brings him success?
Not just cricket… is not just that. Vignettes of middle-class life in Mumbai provide a rich backdrop for this absorbing tale. It is cricket but not just…
Not Just Cricket... is Dravid’s first novel. It was officially launched at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the revival of the British Officers Cricket Club in Philadelphia on November 20th 2010.
If you are a Cricket fan or for that matter, any sports enthusiast, a Mumbaikar (Bombayite) or just a discerning reader, here’s just the book for you.