Book Review: by Vishal Bhatia

I kind of failed to keep my new year resolution of reading a new book every week but I am still aiming at reading more books than I did last year and that seems like an achievable goal for now. The latest book that I received in my mail was by Vishal Bhatia. The book is a sports based fiction and that is not something I read everyday so I was looking forward to explore this one.
The story has two parts with 3 protagonists that come together eventually. The first part of the story is about Jangsher, a young tennis star who ends up with physical and emotional scars after a gruesome incident involving his first love and her brothers. Jangsher not only defeats the serious injuries he sustained but also ends up defeating quite a few high ranked opponents in the Grand Slam held at Australia where he was just a wild card entry.
The other part is about two cousins Yug and Aman, who plan a weekend getaway to watch the finals of the Grand Slam but the simple plan of a casual weekend turns into a horrifying adventure involving loosing a very expensive Audi R8 that was borrowed from Yug’s boss, run in with a goon who thinks he is a hero and alot of other difficult situations that just seem to be getting worse by the minute.
The author definitely has a very unique writing style and he put in a lot of though into creating his characters. The story has a really good pace and both parts receive equal attention. I was particularly pleased with the way the author took care of little details like the language in which the cousins communicated and I have to say it on point with the  accent and diction most Indian working abroad end up speaking in.
I like how the growth of Jangsher from wild card to a player that suddenly comes into limelight has been treated without any excessive drama and over the top emotions. The mental struggle he goes through and the internal conflicts he battles before each match are pretty relatable.

The only problem I see with the book is that it wouldn’t make any sense to you if you are not into Tennis. Major chunks of the book described Jangsher’s game so the way out is to either skip those parts which I don’t recommend or taking a crash course in understanding the amazing sport we call Tennis.

Overall, the book was a really good read and I was pretty much glued to it till the last page. I have to give credit to the author for penning down such a good read as a debut novel and I am hoping to read alot of his work in the future. If you are into sports fiction than you should definitely pick a copy.