Thursday, March 25, 2010
My review :The Gamechangers
This lovely book has been written by The Fake IPL Player and revolves around his famous or rather infamous blog. For the uninitiated the Fake IPL Player was a blog that started on April 18, 2009, the same time as the 2009 season Indian Premier League matches. It was written by an anonymous blogger who claimed to be a member of the IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders.The blog had become a huge hit on the internet with a fan following that is numbered in hundreds and thousands. The blog received media coverage across the cricketing world. Every newspaper and TV news channel in India covered the blog and its revelations in detail through out the duration of IPL.I am sure this blog gave a lot of sleepless nights to the people involved in IPL.
I am sure anyone who loves or hates IPL would have heard of the blog or read about it in the newspapers so when I saw his book I bought it as I was sure the identity of the blogger would be revealed.Was it revealed ...well lets not spoil the fun by revealing that.
So you have Lalu Parekh the CEO of IBL (Indian Bollywood League) and his burning desire to rule the cricketing world with his IBL concept.If that takes using any means good or bad ,moral or immoral he is willing to do it...no prizes for guessing who it is!You have characters such as Sigwald Raees Kahn,Raj Singhania teams like Calcutta Cavalry,Bangalore Bangers you get the drift?The Fake IBL player is managing to ruin the fun and big bucks involved so to catch him Lalu and Sigwald hire super sleuth Parminder Mahipal Singh (aka PMS) to get to the bottom of it and find out who the mole in the KKR...oops Calcutta Cavalry team is.What happens after that is a typical but interesting cat and mouse chase.
What does not work for the book is the 'holier than thou' captain of Bangalore Bangers Rocky and his love story which tends to drag by the end.Also the author has delved a lot into the semis and final match between the teams which could have been avoided.But that does not take anything away from the book!
A good book and a fun read.
What is interesting to see is how a lot of bloggers are now being taken seriously as writers and are finding ready publishers.I am now starting 'May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss' by Arnab Ray who is again a very famous blogger...will post review soon!