The Corridor of Uncertainity by Kiran Chandra

unnamedI received the book The Corridor of Uncertainity by Kiran Chandra as review copy from the author. The book is set in Bangalore in the nineteen nineties.

The Blurb:

The corridor of uncertainty is a story set in the 90s of Bangalore, about a bunch of boys growing up on a sport & religion called ‘Cricket’. Karna’s love and passion for Divya is as much as for the game.

Karna & his friends, worshipers of the game, go through a pious and adventurous journey of conflict. They are guided by the principles of righteousness, sportsmanship, ethics and fair play by Mr. Iyer & most importantly the confidence instilled by their mentor Nawab Khan. They have to gain self belief, which leads them to introspect. They recognize the true sense of Arthur Schopenhauer’s quote ‘Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.’ They ultimately win many hearts, but will Karna win the only heart he longs for?

The boys of Lalnagar overcome many challenges in their quest to master the game. As they play the sport, they are embroiled in a conflict in their locality, a communal conflict across the nation & conflicts of interest. How Cricket as a sport collides with the real systems of faith & how the boys respond is the game plan (story line). There is a bit of Indian mythology, history, its characters & their importance & draws parallel to the war of Kurukshetra & Cricket.

The story:

The story is set in the Lalnagar area of Bangalore in December 1991 especially of the third cross street which consisted of the middle class and the real Bangalore’s voice, a cosmopolitan street by itself; it housed people of different caste and creed living together in harmony. Most of the children on the street were adolescents, some were stepping into teens and some were stepping out of it. Karna alias ‘Kutti’, Rakesh alias ‘Coconut’, Sai Keerthi alias ‘Sui’, Ramesh alias ‘Captain’, Raghu alias ‘Bulldog’, Shanth alias ‘Soda’ and Vikram alias ‘Tiger’ consisted of the younger crowd. They would play tennis ball cricket on the street and even had a ‘pavillion’ for their cricket ground.

The story revolves around the passion the boys have for cricket, the various tennis ball cricket matches they play, adolescent crushes, the relationships between neighbours irrespective of their caste and creed until one act threatens to spoil everything.

What do the residents do? Do they follow suit of the country or are they united in testing times? Read on and find out….

My take:

The story has been developed around cricket, a sport that almost everyone is familiar with. The language is simple and the author has even given an appendix at the end of the book to explain about the game. The book is fast paced and the cricket matches have been described ball by ball making it very interesting and also it was very easy for me to visualize the scenes. I am sure that cricket lovers would love the descriptions.

The events have been described in a chronological manner but the best part of the book is relationships between the families residing on the third street and celebrating festivals of different religions together. The conversations between the characters are very real.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

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