The Curse and the Cup

The Curse and the Cup

by Gaurav Bhalla


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The Curse and the Cup is a harrowing story of unpaid karmic debt, of the dark, unvanquished consequences of apartheid that continue to exact revenge and cripple dreams till today.

On an ill-fated day in 1991, Vuyisa Lingani and his son Manga, legendary left-arm spinners who couldn't play international cricket for South Africa because they were black, die within hours of each other in a bizarre tragedy. Vuyisa's wife, Mama Nonkosi, blames the white cricket establishment and places a curse on the South African cricket team to avenge their deaths. The curse has successfully prevented the Proteas from winning a single World Cup championship since.

But Mama Nonkosi is dying, and the curse needs a new caretaker. She turns to her grandson, Themba, the sole-surviving Lingani male, and heir to the left-arm spin dynasty. Will Themba honor her request and support the family's tradition of hate and revenge, or will he pursue his own destiny and choose forgiveness? Will South Africa win the ICC 2015 World Cup, or will the curse continue its unbroken victorious run?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991655601
Publisher: Knowledge Kinetics
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)

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The Curse and the Cup 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and plan to get it for my family members for the holidays.  The story was creative and kept me guessing.  I don't know anything about cricket but I enjoyed the sports theme.  The story of the curse was really creative and the characters were entertaining too.
jburg80 More than 1 year ago
If you love to read, buy the novel, and clear your calendar and don’t stop reading until you’re done!  The novel’s a real page turner, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Despite not knowing the difference between a wicket and a wildebeest, my lack of knowledge about cricket didn’t slow me down – in fact, the book made me curious to know more.  At its core, the novel is about the human condition – and the human spirit – in all of its forms, set against the backdrop of cricket.  Well-developed and interesting characters, the history of apartheid and South Africa, and a suspenseful plot were compelling enough to pull me through to the end, and leave me wanting more from this author.
BookGal1237 More than 1 year ago
The Curse or The Cup is a fast-paced, heartwarming novel about family, race, revenge, and forgiveness —with the sport of cricket as a backdrop. Being an American who knew nothing about cricket before reading this book, I was surprised that my unfamiliarity with the sport never hindered my reading experience. I found it easy to relate to the flawed but beautiful characters—the family that’s been torn apart by decades of racial prejudice, the young man who must make a choice between hate and hope, and the friends who help him along his journey to achieve his dreams. I would definitely recommend this book.