The District Club by Mallika Ravikumar
Talented players, hard-working coaches-the U-13 Maulsari Eagles is a team that has what it takes. Yet, challenges of all kinds hold them back from realizing their true potential. Prithvi, the midfielder, must wrestle against his father’s resistance; while Kadambini, the winger, battles gender bias; even as Siraj, the head coach, leads a fight against the mammoth system, plagued by blatant corruption and rampant age fraud.
The Eagles have a fighting chance, but they also have much to lose. From survival to self-worth, from pride to glory, there’s much at stake in this battle against the odds. Can their crusade herald a new era in Indian football? Can they strike their way through to their goal? In time for the FIFA world cup, The District Cup is a perfect read for sports lovers!
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The District Club -The Author Mallika Ravikumar
Once a lawyer by profession, MALLIKA RAVIKUMAR now writes books on Indian history, culture and nature. Her book Of Revolutionaries and Bravehearts: Notable Tales from Indian History was published by Puffin in 2020. She can be reached on good reads.
The District Club -The book
Though talented, technically sound, and quick on their feet, the Maulsari Eagles is a football team that is bogged down by tremendous challenges. There’s the mid-fielder Prithvi who wants to play professional football against his middle-class father’s aspirations; the winger Kadambini who is fighting negative attitudes and stereotypes to find respect on the field; the center-back Mangya who performs on the streets for a living… The struggles are endless.
Their coach Siraj wants the kids to have a fighting chance. But can he clash against the unbridled wave of corruption in Indian football, especially age fraud, for them to lift the District Cup? Can the Maulsari Eagles herald a new era in the once-glorious sport? Can they strike their way through to their goal?
- Publisher : Puffin (28 November 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
The paperback book is available on all major platforms including the kindle format on amazon. In time for FIFA 2022, The District Cup is the perfect novel for all budding and veteran sportspeople!