Review

Summer Love and Some More Cricket by Nishant S


'Speak of the devil and he appears!'
Monica was slightly mystified by this articlulation. They
hadn't been speaking of the devil, and even if they had, he
certainly wasn't anywhere in sight and this, she made sure
by examining closely the vacant chairs at their table. Then
she noticed that Anju was looking out of the window onto
the road. Something there seemed to have caught her
attention. Monica could put two and two together; in fact
she could put twenty and twenty together for she was pretty
good at arithmetic and she did so at present.

Set in the capitol of the Indian state Kerala, Summer Love and Some More Cricket details the experiences of Nikhil Shekhar and his friends Reggie and Renjit, as Nikhil works to gain the affection of a girl he became infatuated with on his first day at college. The engineering college these four are attending provides the setting for much of the book, especially the bits dealing with cricket. Ah, cricket. A good portion of the book revolves around this game. I still have barely a clue as to what it actually involves, but this didn't hurt the plot in too many instances. Still, a pen and pad of paper might be helpful in keeping things straight while reading Ch.22 .

During the preface, Nishant S notes the influence P.G. Wodehouse has had on his writing style. Indeed, the book cannot be read without noting this. From the plot to the conversations to the very long metaphors, there is a distinct Wodehouse flavor throughout the book. Even the characters have occasional similarities, although Nishant tends to draw a far more sympathetic picture of them than did the great English author. The language also tends to be a bit simpler and more direct than Wodehouse's, though not for lack of effort.

Continuity is held fairly well, with the narration jumping between plot lines in an orderly fashion. There are a few threads that seem to get lost near the end, but nothing glaringly obvious. The ending is somewhat abrupt; every time i look at it, i get the feeling there should be one more paragraph. But events are nicely tied together, and overall, transition is handled appropriately.

I have to admit at this point, I'm not exactly qualified to review this or any book. I could examine further the writing style, content, punctuation and grammar, etc. but that really would not be of much use to you, as well as being tedious and boring for me. So, I will simply end by saying that I enjoyed this book, consider it a decent first effort, and will be looking with interest to the author's future work.

- Shog9