Ranga Plays Australia - a cricket dream
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It’s only four years after the end of WW2, when there were no great cricket matches. But now things are getting back to normal: the Australians have thrashed the Poms in England, India has played its first Test series in Australia, and ‘the Don’ has retired. In a small Bangalore village young Ranganathan Rao is musing about life in general and cricket in particular. The weather’s been hot and dry for ever – everyone’s eyes are skywards, looking for the monsoon. Except for Ranga’s, whose spinning fingers begin to itch. Kumar, Ranga’s English/Geography/History teacher, as part of a discourse on the strangeness of the English language, introduces his pupils to an especially strange word - that he heard an Australian say during the war – and invites them to try to pronounce it and identify its meaning. After many unsuccessful attempts Kumar reveals both the word’s pronunciation and meaning, and suggests that everyone might... More > remember this, as one day they might go to Australia. This starts Ranga thinking.< Less
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Jul 13, 2016Although the Author states that this book is for teenage boys, I believe it will appeal to all ages. If you have even the slightest interest in Cricket you will love the story with its pathos and humour. I enjoyed every chapter and got a good laugh for my efforts. I recommend it to all Cricket lovers. Paul Franklin CEO
Apr 14, 2015Submitted on behalf of S. K. Bandyopadhyay (Bangalore), due to it being deleted when a new edition was uploaded. This book will attract the interests of school-going children of age group ten to twelve who like to play cricket and have some knowledge of geography of the two countries. Interestingly, the book is not a simple imaginative story but carries an inner line of thought in bringing the bond between the two countries stronger and everlasting when the children of two countries of different cultures and habits try to make some very difficult thing to happen. Though the kind of cricket match described by Ian has never been played, yet the skilful story telling creativity of Ian has made the readers think such kind of cricket play could have been possible. The narration is very vivid throughout the book with the existing surroundings of the years like Bangalore Club or the description of the train journey to Bombay or crossing the Equator as the ship sails towards Australia. The... More > author has carefully structured the book in two parts. He starts developing the story independently in two hemispheres of the globe with two different cultures - one in India with special reference to a small Indian village, Akkithimmanahalli, a place near Bangalore, and the other in Niamong, a place near Melbourne. His description of Ranga in an Indian village environment is really astonishing. The description of the word “Goodonyamate” is a very hilarious and definitely adds more humor in the story as one reads the book. Ian alternatively describes the other side of the story – what is happening in Niamong and the education department there and its preparation in inviting the Indian boys to play in Australia till the Indian team reaches there. The book is very interesting, no doubt, and Ian’s style of narration has been superb as well as interesting for the children of both the countries. I have requested one of my neighbours and old colleagues to read the book and give her views. The lady is an engineer by profession but a voracious reader of English books and fictions. She has already read a major part of the book and her initial comments were very impressive. She asked whether the author is an Indian meaning the way Ranga, his feelings and his village have been narrated in the book. She was saying it is in no way less than the Indian writer (in English) R. K. Narayan who became famous for his book 'Malgudi Days'. It is a very good compliment.< Less
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- Ian B G Burns (Standard Copyright License)
- Twevven Books
- February 2, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.93 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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