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Vikram Dravid, a doctor by trade and a member of the British Officers Cricket Club, recently published his first novel called 'Not Just Cricket' joining the growing list of USA based cricketer-writers, including Joseph O'Neill and Ewart Rouse.
The book was officially launched at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the revival of the British Officers Cricket Club in Philadelphia on November 20th 2010. More recently, the author donated copies of the book to the CC Morris Cricket Library in Philadelphia.
According to the novel's publisher, Cinnamon Teal, 'Not Just Cricket' weaves interlacing tales, riveting cricket games and the realities of life. The stories and experiences of his vibrant characters exhort you to think beyond the mundane and get you to reflect upon the ultimate ride, life and its very authentic challenges. As the lives of the characters unfold in this fascinating tale, a myriad of complex and conflicting emotions come to the fore. Every new page draws the reader deeper into the book.
The book is about Arjun, a talented but easygoing kid from the cricket-crazy metropolis of Mumbai who rises from anonymity to the glory of cricket stardom. As the narrative shifts from Mumbai to Pakistan, the novel captures the coming of age of the young protagonist.
The book is available on Amazon.com and has received positive reviews both from readers and critics.
Saaz Aggarwal of Black and White literary blog wrote: "I had been reading slowly, enjoying the story about a typical cricket-playing boy from a middle-class family in Bombay. There had been brief glimpses of a world beyond. At page 97 the world beyond shone through, clear and unmistakable, and I understood how and why this book really wasn’t just about cricket. Cricket is the fabric; it’s also the substance of the plot. However, Not Just Cricket also carries glimpses into rich, deep aspects of life that can be revealed to most of us only through fiction because they are so removed from our scheme of things."
For more information regarding the author, please visit: http://www.vikdravid.com/