'Wild Card' by Asfiya Rahman

About the Book:

Title: Wild Card
Author: Asfiya Rahman
Publisher: Half Baked Beans Publishing
Language: English
No. of pages: 170
Year of Publication: 2016
ISBN: 9789384315428

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Wild Card is the story of Karan Mehrotra, one of the world's best tennis player who suddenly disappears from the sports. 

Karan Mehrotra thinks he has it all. He is about to marry the love of his life, Riya and is on his way to win at Wimbledon, fulfilling a childhood dream of his. However destiny has other plans for him and he is forced to put aside his dreams when life throws a wild card at him. 
Eight years later destiny coyly lays another opportunity in front of him. Does he finally get another chance to fulfill his childhood dream or will he let his fear stop him from taking up the challenge? Find out how a tennis champion is forced to step away from his fame into obscurity and how a bossy little girl forces him to take up one of the hardest challenges of his life and face the life he had left behind.


More about the book:

‘Wild Card’ is a fresh story that centers on an interesting plot.
Sports and Literature always make a superlative combo, if put together nicely. With limited books on the sports genre, this fresh piece of fiction from Delhi based publication house, Half Baked Beans is a treat for all the sports
The Book launch was held at the India Habitat Center, on November 26th 2016 amongst the presence of some big names. Actor Tom Alter graced the event as the chief guest and Shri Zafar Iqbal, former Hockey Captain of the Indian Team was the Guest of Honor. With much pomp and show, the book was released and it was indeed a glorious event.

About the Author:

Asfiya Rehman debuts as an author with this book into the literary world, though she has time and again proved her mettle in the literary arena by way of blogging and writing short stories.
Asfiya Rahman; a management graduate; is a teacher by occupation and a writer by inclination. She teaches French and English and often uses her students’ idiosyncrasies in the stories she writes in her free time. She has published stories and articles with various different publications. Her hobbies include reading and travelling. She looks forward to the day when she can earn enough from writing to concentrate on pursuing her hobbies. (Follow her on twitter @doonwriter.)

My Views:

I read the few pages of the book when I received it from the publisher and my first impression was - 'it's good'; then I had to keep it aside because I was working on the release of December Issue of Writer's Ezine. It took a while for me to come back to the book again. 

Wild Card is a simple story beautifully told. The struggles of the protagonist, his passion for tennis are dealt with perfectly. The minute details of tennis in this book speaks about the author's knowledge/research of the same. The story flow is good but it kind of slows down a bit at one point and picks up pace again. 
When the theme of the book is gripping, the characterisation perfect, you can choose to overlook the typos/spelling mistakes.

This book is one of those that carry a message in them. It's about hope, it is about not giving up and facing your responsiblities and struggles that life throws at you. 

The credit for the story and plot goes to Chetan Soni and Asfiya Rahman has beautifully written it. I never knew I would enjoy reading this book, especially being sick in bed with cold and cough. I suppose, I picked up this book to read at the right time. I finished it in one go.
I would recommend this book to my readers. 
It's neither too easy nor too complicated; just the right kind to enjoy and to pick up something good from it.

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