Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | Writings for Young Adults
One team. One year. Everything to lose.
When Rishabh Bala reaches the tenth standard, life takes a turn for the complicated. The bewildered boy feels the pressure of the looming board exams and finds himself hopelessly-and hormonally-in love. But what he yearns for most is victory on the field: at least one trophy with his beloved school football team.
Set in the suburban Thane of 2006, here is a coming-of-age story that runs unique as it does familiar. Hopscotching from distracted classrooms and tired tutorials to triumphs and tragedies on muddy grounds, this is the journey of Rishabh and his friends from peak puberty to the cusp of manhood.
Kautuk Srivastava is a Mumbai-based writer and comedian. He is a member of the popular comedy collective SnG Comedy. As a screenwriter, he has written many successful TV and Web-based shows, including MTV Reality Stars, Sumit Sambhal Lega and Shaitaan Haveli. His previous stand-up special, Anatomy of Awkward, is featured on Amazon Prime Video. This is his debut novel.