Book Review: Life in the Sunshine: Autobiography of an Unknown Cricketer by T. Sathish
Published by: Notion Press
My Rating: 3.75/5
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 heart-warming 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!
Cricket is one sport – watched by many – irrespective of age and gender. It is more than a sport but a religion in India.
Like everyone, even I have played, watched and enjoyed cricket wholly! When it comes to the World Cup and other tournaments like T20, the excitement in Indians is incomparable.
This book is beautifully wrapped around cricket, friends, and friendship. Met because of cricket, Sat (the protagonist and the author), Trib and Sam, stick through thick and thin and grow up as best friends in the new locality.
Sam grows to become a cricket player, Sat and Trib find something much more
than being a player. They connect with the sport and derive anecdotes from it
applicable to life in general. It is through this sport that Sat learns about
dedication, passion and staying united and optimistic. I loved how these
thoughts were put forward by the author.
The book is more like a biography by the author. It’s about his struggles to become a cricketer and play for the Indian team. The book was a fresh take on dreams and friendships.
The language was nothing extraordinary but the narration is good, engaging and filled with humor. The author has done his part of research well, and added elements of facts and figures, and made it quite insightful. The character development was done nicely. The pace of the story was carried carefully and strategically (more like a chronological order).
Their encounters with the apparition, Abdul, who comes every time there is a match between India and Pakistan and then teases them when they lose, is something quirky and funny at the same time.
Though there were a few moments which I felt were redundant and unnecessary, but otherwise, it was an enjoyable read. Cricket fanatics will enjoy more as there were a lot of facts and figures, especially from the 80s and 90s of cricket era.