Author: Ankit Rathi
Publisher: Frog Books
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“What does your passion mean to you? What if your passion crosses the path of your success? What if the whole world, even your own mother do not support you? What will you do then? Will you still strive to achieve it or will you accept defeat? Again, What does your passion mean to you?”
Ankit Rathi is a graduate from ISM, Dhanbad. In his debut novel, ‘Sorry Dad, I ain’t scoring the goal’, he takes us along on young Shaurya’s journey into maturity and growing up. The story begins when Shaurya is in Class 7. Despite his love for Cricket, one day, he is bulldozed into watching a football game thanks to the two football fanatics in his family; his father and brother.
This is the turning point in his life. He is instantly captivated by the aura of the game and hooked by the intensity the players show. And he decides to be the best footballer in the country. He also wants to help make his father’s football club, Vixens, the best in the league.
What follows next is the journey of football, of determination to succeed by rising up against all odds, encountering first love. All in all, an emotional yet an unforgettable ride. Some moments, like with his best friend or the scolding from his teachers, will send you down nostalgia lane.
The writer has beautifully embodied relationships between various characters. A father who sees his dreams through his son’s eyes and a son who gives up everything to fulfill that dream. Even though the story is concentrated around father and son, all supporting characters have been given their due space- the humorous Urvaan, profile stalker Dejo, ever-worried mother, very supportive Mickey uncle, snobbish Yuvika, and a loving elder brother.
The jealousy, feeling of revenge, the urge to be the best, is carefully portrayed by the writer, without overdoing it. The momentum of the book is also maintained through pieces of poetry, some of which are truly brilliant in conveying the emotions of the author to the readers. The only thing which hampers smooth reading are long paragraphs. Despite minor some grammatical mistakes, the book is a pretty good debut for first time author. Our rating is ¾.