Sunday, August 04, 2013

Review- Romi and Gang by Tushar Raheja


Unruly and reckless, thirteen-year-old Romi is the hero of his universe. His great affinity for adventure and the unknown is shared by his gang - the rascal Sukhi, the deadpan Sunny, the naïve Golu and his blood brother, Kim.

When legendary Kim disappears from Mauji, it is left to the four to conquer the maidan with cricket and the world with their wits. Of course, they must prepare for responsibility in between and, one day, go after Kim.

'A piquant tale of chasing your dreams and a reminder that there is some innocence left in everyone. It is a must read for all!'- The Hindu


Romi and Gang is clearly not the type of book which I usually read. Being a romance junkie and a sucker for happily ever after endings this book does not fit into the genre which I go for. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I actually enjoyed the book when it clearly lacks both the former mentioned elements I look for in books.

Romi and Gang is a book about Romi and his friends as the title suggests. Romi, Sunny, Sukhi and Golu are thirteen year old best friends with a passion for anything and everything cricket. They have high dreams of becoming successful cricketers one day and we get a short glimpse into their journey. They live in a small town called Mauji.

I really liked Romi and his friends. They were a typical bunch of boys always up to some mischief. Playing in the maidan seems to be the high light of their life and there's a beauty in seeing the happiness they gain from such small innocent things. Romi was a good kid. He was smart and determined to play with everything he had in him. Willing to admit his mistakes to others just made me like him more.

Romi and Gang moves forward with a series of incidents which take place in their school. We also get a glimpse into the happenings of each boy's home. And all through this there is cricket. I am a cricket fan so seeing how well detailed the book was I liked it.

Also, the book is filled with illustrations. No, they aren't the kiddie type, more like sketches which depict a scene which is going on in the book. They were really good and just helped with my imagination of the boys. Romi and Gang was a nice read and a much needed change from my regular reads. It is definitely for the younger crowd and can be read by anyone and everyone.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.

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