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Captain Khadoos | Arjun Hemmady | Book Review

  • Author: Arjun Hemmady
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: TreeShade Books (14 December 2019)
  • Language: English

Cricket is undoubtedly one of the most revered sports in India. We look up to the crickets as gods and there is no exaggeration if I say that cricket is an emotion, a religion. We always believe that our gods must perform par excellence. However, in this rush we forget that they are mere humans, battling with their anxieties and pressure. And that’s where mental health comes into the picture.

Captain Khadoos is a book revolving around its protagonist who is a cricketer and also a mental health supporter. The book deals with the crucial subject of mental health and emphasizes it though briefly. At the same time, it portrays the life of the central character Suraj as he gets into an on-again and off-again relationship with mental health problems.

Now, the book has a very simple approach to the story. It has been written in plain language to make it readable for everyone. It brings into account what goes on the cricket field and how our cricketers actually get into the game. It is nice to read the details of the game and so, anybody loving the game of cricket would enjoy it. Moreover, the book has had an emphatic approach towards mental health which keeps popping up at some places. A lucid narration coupled with a straight forward storyline makes it suitable for beginners.

Although the book introduces the topic of mental health right at the onset, it doesn’t give it due attention. I personally felt that the purpose of the book was vague and thus, didn’t justify itself fully. So, the book lacked on the part of the execution of its intent. The plotline seemed staggered and plain for my liking. Had it been a bit more organized and crisp, I might have liked it. Moreover, only the protagonist occupied the center stage, others didn’t get the appropriate space to prove themselves. The exchanges between the characters could have been more refined so as to fit the storyline.

Keeping apart the loopholes, the book does a fair job at entertaining readers. So, if you are a beginner and on top of that a cricket fanatic, you may give it a shot!

MY RATING: 3/ 5


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