Book: Wild Card 2
Author: Asfiya Rahman
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Tahira Rizvi was a young tennis player who got the opportunity of her life when she was invited to be part of Karan Mehrotra’s successful attempt at Wimbledon. Back from Wimbledon she wants to make one last attempt at building a career for herself as a professional tennis player. But there are just too many questions. Has she left it too late? Will she get the support she needs from her friends and family? More importantly, will she get the opportunity she needs to prove that she can turn things around? And what about Vikram? He may say he is in love with her but can they have a future together? What do you do if both opportunity and romance are knocking on the same door? Who will you let in first? Will Tahira be able to move from the stands of Wimbledon to the courts of Wimbledon? And if she does, what is the price she will pay?
Among rampant craze for cricket and football, it was nice to read about tennis. It is a short read, good for travel or airport/station reading. A simple read but I felt it was too short, as in some parts felt truncated. Like Tahira’s struggle to ante up her tennis career could have been explored further. It seemed like a fast forward transition. I thought it will be a underdog-wins-it-all ending but that didn’t happen. But the struggle to reach Wimbledon seemed effortless. Is it so easy to reach Wimbledon on a wild card with the experience of just one match? I don’t know tennis but I don’t think so. I could be wrong.
Vikram and Tahira’s relationship could have been explored more, with respect to Tahira’s journey.
In few words, it seemed the author tried too hard to make the book short. There were spaces for exploration.