The Taliban Cricket Club

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    IGNOU M.Com Study Material, IGNOU Books, Free Download And no one in Afghanistan even plays cricket no one, that is, except RukhsanaThis could be, however, a way to get her male cousins and her brother out of Afghanistan for good But Wahidi has a third goal in mind to marry Rukhsana The union would be her death sentence, wrenching her away from her family and placing her under Wahidi s complete control Forced into hiding and desperate to escape the country, Rukhsana realizes that Wahidi may have given her a way out, too When her loyal, beloved cousins ask for her help, she sets about teaching them how to win their own freedom with a bat and a ball."/>
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  • The Taliban Cricket Club
  • Timeri N. Murari
  • English
  • 12 April 2018
  • 1443410640

About the Author: Timeri N. Murari

The Taliban Cricket Club PDF ¸ The Taliban eBook taliban epub, cricket download, club mobile, The Taliban mobile, The Taliban Cricket ClubThe Taliban Cricket Club ePUBTimeri Murari is an award winning writer, filmmaker, and playwright, who began his career as journalist on the Kingston Whig Standard in Ontario, Canada He writes for the Guardian, Sunday Times, and other magazines and newspapers internationally He has published both fiction and non fiction, and his bestselling novel, Taj, was translated into lanugages and has recently been reissued by Penguin India In , he published a memoir, My Temporary Son, exploring the difficulties of adopting a desperately ill orphan Timeri now lives with his wife in The Taliban eBook ó his ancestral home of Chennai, India.


The Taliban Cricket ClubThe Taliban Cricket Club PDF ¸ The Taliban eBook taliban epub, cricket download, club mobile, The Taliban mobile, The Taliban Cricket ClubThe Taliban Cricket Club ePUBRukhsana is a spirited young journalist working for the Kabul Daily in Afghanistan She takes care of her ill, widowed mother and her younger brother, Jahan With the arrival of a summons for Rukhsana to appear before the infamous Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the family s world is shattered The Minister, zorak Wahidi, has two goals in mind to threaten the anti Taliban news reporters and to announce the Taliban s intention to hold a cricket tournament, the winner of which will The Taliban eBook ó represent Afghanistan in international cricket and give the brutal regime a cloak of respectability in the worldRukhsana knows this is a ludicrous idea the Taliban could never embrace a game rooted in civility, fair play and equality And no one in Afghanistan even plays cricket no one, that is, except RukhsanaThis could be, however, a way to get her male cousins and her brother out of Afghanistan for good But Wahidi has a third goal in mind to marry Rukhsana The union would be her death sentence, wrenching her away from her family and placing her under Wahidi s complete control Forced into hiding and desperate to escape the country, Rukhsana realizes that Wahidi may have given her a way out, too When her loyal, beloved cousins ask for her help, she sets about teaching them how to win their own freedom with a bat and a ball.

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10 thoughts on “The Taliban Cricket Club

  1. Kat Ward says:

    Ever go online and watch the execution back in 1999 of the woman covered in a burqa as she knelt down on the field at Kabul s Olympic Stadium For some reason, I did Maybe because I needed to see it to believe it I remember after 9 11 when suddenly the Bush administration jumped on the bandwagon, speaking out about how atrociously the Taliban treated women like they hadn t been for some time already using this as another reason to convince the American people of the right for an American inv Ever go online and watch the execution back in 1999 of the woman covered in a burqa as she knelt down on the field at Kabul s Olympic Stadium For some reason, I did Maybe because I needed to see it to believe it I remember after 9 11 when suddenly the Bush administration jumped on the bandwagon, speaking out about how atrociously the Taliban treated women like they hadn t been for some time already using this as another reason to convince the American people of the right for an American invasion I remember my liberal feminism flaring, incensed that this issue was being used for political reasons, even while I was happy that the plight of Afghan women was finally gettingpublicity.The reality of life under the Taliban, especially for women, is at the heart of The Taliban Cricket Club In regard to the title, the Taliban actually did apply to become a part of the International Cricket Council in 2000, but the application was declined But author Murari takes this premise and follows through with the what if via her main character Rukhsana She feels crushed, smothered, and in a constant state of fear by life under that Taliban, especially after having the joy and freedom of working at a local newspaper and living for a time in India.I found Murari quite successful in describing the aura of life for people under the Taliban Just the scene of women in the family having to learn how to wear and walk in a burqa was staggering It s a world of which we have no idea, thank god.In the end, this is a feel good book for the characters involved, but for me there was a lingering ache knowing that in reality, life in Afghanistan, especially for women and girls, is still a struggle, the Taliban still striving to force their rigid beliefs and way of life on this highly troubled land

  2. dely says:

    This book has nothing of what I m looking for while reading it doesn t teach me something new, I couldn t relate to any of the characters and wasn t involved emotionally It also wasn t entertaining the events are predictable, the story line is clich d and not believable there are also a lot of details that aren t accurate For example the fake beard I don t think it can be made of female hair because a beard has frizzy hair so everybody would see the difference Also, this fake beard was at This book has nothing of what I m looking for while reading it doesn t teach me something new, I couldn t relate to any of the characters and wasn t involved emotionally It also wasn t entertaining the events are predictable, the story line is clich d and not believable there are also a lot of details that aren t accurate For example the fake beard I don t think it can be made of female hair because a beard has frizzy hair so everybody would see the difference Also, this fake beard was attached with Velcro but how was the other part of the Velcro attached to the skin The character that uses this fake beard puts it on and takes it away too easily It s full of such strange details and this made the story even less credible.The characters aren t well defined and they have no nuances Though there are some bad happenings for which the reader should feel for the characters, I couldn t relate to their feelings because I already knew that the story would have a happy end This because despite the sad happenings the characters had always a lot of luck so every bad happening was followed by a good one This too made the story not credible It seemed that the author wanted the reader to feel for them but he didn t succeed Also the dialogues weren t good too short, cold and detached Also this didn t make the characters look real.There was too much Cricket in it I don t know anything about this game and though I ve looked for it on the internet I m not able to understand the rules This made the reading experience even worse because the pages about Cricket were for me incomprehensible so I couldn t feel the excitement for the game

  3. Pamela Detlor says:

    The Taliban Cricket Club is a moving story of family, friendship, honor, and courage in the face of the horrors of war In a world where women are no longer permitted to have rights and freedoms, Rukhsana continues to risk her life by writing stories about the cruelty of the Taliban She along with other journalists, are summoned to appear before the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice They stand in line, expecting to meet their end in front of a firing squad but ar The Taliban Cricket Club is a moving story of family, friendship, honor, and courage in the face of the horrors of war In a world where women are no longer permitted to have rights and freedoms, Rukhsana continues to risk her life by writing stories about the cruelty of the Taliban She along with other journalists, are summoned to appear before the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice They stand in line, expecting to meet their end in front of a firing squad but are spared after being informed that they will write what they are told to write in order to remain among the living Rukhsana is violently reminded that if she is caught writing anything it will bring her death The journalists are informed that the Taliban which banned sports of all kinds intends to hold a cricket tournament and become part of the world cricket organization, creating an air of respectability and sportsmanship to their regime The winners will be flown from Kabul to Afghanistan to train and compete Rukhsana sees this farce as an opportunity to get her brother and her male cousins out of Kabul to a place where they can escape to freedomeasily She uses her cricket experience from university and the days where women had rights to secretly train her team to win while also planning her own escape from the hell they live in under Taliban rule Murari s story grabbed my attention immediately The heartlessness and brutality of war is present throughout the book, as are lighthearted and moving moments The writing is fast paced The characters are well written It was a difficult book to set aside I found myself drawn into the story and wanting to know the outcome wanting fellowship to defeat tyranny The Taliban Cricket Club was a fantastic read It s not the sort of book I would have gravitated to, but I m glad it landed in my hands I highly recommend this one Special thanks to HarperCollins Canada and goodreads, for an advance reader s copy

  4. Jo says:

    Amazing book absolutely loved it Well written, heart breaking, engaging,humour and tears There are so many issues raised by this book not it s primary aim it would make a great book club book The heroine, Rukhsana is an incredible woman, brave, feisty and passionate The book doesn t dwell on atrocities but they are there in the background A story of courage and hope in the face of the most oppresive adversity It says it all that I picked it up on a whim and have sat and read the whole th Amazing book absolutely loved it Well written, heart breaking, engaging,humour and tears There are so many issues raised by this book not it s primary aim it would make a great book club book The heroine, Rukhsana is an incredible woman, brave, feisty and passionate The book doesn t dwell on atrocities but they are there in the background A story of courage and hope in the face of the most oppresive adversity It says it all that I picked it up on a whim and have sat and read the whole thing in a matter of hours

  5. Anne Hamilton says:

    What an exquisitely fine balancing act Timeri Murari pulls off in this delightful, different book The dark brutality of rule under the Taliban contrasts with the genuine integrity and honour of Rukhsana s brother and cousins who all want to escape the country Rukhsana is a journalist who has come back to Kabul to honour her own obligation to care for her dying mother, as well as marry her betrothed Left behind at university in Delhi is the man she loves In the meantime, she has attracted the What an exquisitely fine balancing act Timeri Murari pulls off in this delightful, different book The dark brutality of rule under the Taliban contrasts with the genuine integrity and honour of Rukhsana s brother and cousins who all want to escape the country Rukhsana is a journalist who has come back to Kabul to honour her own obligation to care for her dying mother, as well as marry her betrothed Left behind at university in Delhi is the man she loves In the meantime, she has attracted the obsessive attention of Zorak Wahidi, a murderous government official in charge of the Ministry for Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice In a bid to change its international image, the government decides to sponsor a cricket competition the winning team to go to Pakistan and be coached in the finer points of the game Rukhsana s brother Jahan and her cousins are inspired here might be a legitimate way out of the country But who in Afghanistan knows how to play cricket As it transpires, Rukhsana does At university in cricket mad India, she was part of a team And she s still got the gear And the rule book More importantly, she has a vision of the philosophy behind cricket its idealism, democracy, team work, initiative The cousins are sure the Taliban do not grasp Rukhsana s vision.There s a big problem playing cricket in a burkha is all but impossible How can Rukhsana coach the family team, The Taliban Cricket Club , to win as well as save her brother and cousins while stuck behind a vision obscuring veil If that wasn t enough, can she trust her cousins Her brother In a world influenced the Taliban, how does a male now think about the honour of his female relatives What about her dying mother What about her betrothed What about the man she loves What about the Minister for Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice whose brother is making increasingly savage threats A beautifully composed book, deftly laced with humour and light, in which love, hope and genuine honour triumph in the darkest of places

  6. Tazeen says:

    Life in Kabul has become a sellable literary genre of its own The success of hauntingly beautiful The Kite Runner opened the flood gates and there is no stopping since then From fiction to nonfiction to memoirs, if the book mentions Kabul, women abuse and Taliban, chances are that it will get a publisher or two with some decent marketing budget If a book as shoddily written as Kabul Beauty School can triumph at international best seller lists, then The Taliban Cricket Club should be considere Life in Kabul has become a sellable literary genre of its own The success of hauntingly beautiful The Kite Runner opened the flood gates and there is no stopping since then From fiction to nonfiction to memoirs, if the book mentions Kabul, women abuse and Taliban, chances are that it will get a publisher or two with some decent marketing budget If a book as shoddily written as Kabul Beauty School can triumph at international best seller lists, then The Taliban Cricket Club should be considered a master piece but boy, is it a bad book or what I generally have no love lost for all things Afghanistan and Kabul, probably because I have lived too close to most things described in those books and also because I have been to Afghanistan and I always find the book version of Kabul very unreal and caricature like I picked up The Taliban Cricket Club at the local library during the T20 World Cup when I was feeling homesick and missing cricket and live tweeting and cursing with my friends and fellow compatriots because that s always so much fun and heartache when your team lose The book, however, turned out to be a major disappointment.For starters, the introduction of Rukhsana as a spirited young journalist ticked just about every clich that ever existed about spirited young femalejournalist ever As a person who has been that spirited young female journalist, it was major yawn fest When we are young and spirited, we do not think everything through like Rukhsana, we do things because we believe in ourselves and the power of written word and the naivety that it can bring about the desired change, but I digress.The plot is simple Taliban are ruling Afghanistan and things are awful One day, they call all journalists, including our spirited protagonist Rukhsana, to announce that they are keen on developing an Afghan cricket team There would be a local tournament with local teams and the best of the best would make up for a national team which will first travel to Pakistan to get trained and would then tour the rest of the world According to the book, no one in Kabul knew how to play cricket except for Rukhsana, which is the biggest bull shit ever because Pathans from both sides of the border have been mingling each other to not know about cricket.How does our heroine know so much about cricket if she grew up in Afghanistan and living under Taliban Well, for starters, her childhood friend and betrothed had friends in Lahore who taught him how to play cricket and he in turn taught Rukhsana and then played with her in their compound Secondly, she went to college in India and played for her college team in Delhi which apparently made her an expert in the game Rukhsana comes up with the plan to teach her teenage brother and her cousins to play cricket so that they can escape Afghanistan and brutal Taliban regime.Apart from the rather weak story line, there are things that irritated me to no end about the book One was this four page long tirade about how cricket is a genteel game that epitomizes fair play and equality I wondered if the writer was not familiar with competitive sport that is cricket these days What he wrote about was an afternoon friendly match in a rural England after Sunday lunch where everyone was bit mellow after food and a pint or two of beer It is not the game where Hansie Cronje lost his life, Mohammed Azharuddin lost his reputation and young Mohammed Amir lost his career.The other thing that got my beef no pun intended was Rukhsana s mother asking her to get vegetables for quorma As a person who has cooked quorma innumerable times, the only vegetable used in that dish is onion and that too to make gravy The writer should ve checked quorma recipe if he really wanted to include that in his book, it would ve been better if he had not named the dish or just called it a stew I know it has absolutely nothing to do with the plot I do get irritated with lazy writing like that Is it too much to run a google search when you are writing a book If there is a protagonist in the story, there has got to be an antagonist Zorak Wahidi was that villain at times so cartoonish that I ended up picturing Teja and Crime Master Gogo instead of this fearsome bearded Taliban minister When summoned, Rukhsana went to see this minister of vice and virtue with her teenage brother and a couple of cousins The whole scene where he killed a couple for adultery in front of them and how some other Talib dudes ogled at her brother had me rolling my eyes instead of feeling the terror and muster sympathy for them As if random killing was not enough, the villain had to seek our heroine s hand in marriage because that s what evil villains do, seek hand of fair maidens in marriage when they get a break from killing random people.Like a true heroine, Rukhsana is not without her share of better suitors There is Shaheen, her well mannered, well educated, banker childhood betrothed living in USA He is perfect on paper and Shaheen kind of knew that she would end up with him but she declined a formal engagement not one but four times because her heart belonged to someone else an Indian dude a documentary film maker named Veer I mean seriously Have we not all seen Veer Zara already The chapters about her learning cricket and them dating in India were meh Their first kiss was bleh There was a page long text about Rukhsana s awaked sexuality and maturity with that one single kiss in the back seat of a cinema in Delhi at the ripe old age of 17 was so corny that I wanted to scream like a banshee I mean Hello If that Veer character s kiss was so magical, he should have started bottling and selling it to become the next Ambani.Among other things, the book tells us that Pakistanis are generally bad people I know that there is not a lot of love lost between Afghans and Pakistanis but the way it was written, it was clear that it was not written with an Afghan perspective but an obviously Indian one A good writer needs to find a voice for his or her characters, not force his own voice onto them Mr Murari the writer obviously failed to do that.In the end, it was the Indian love interest Veer the man with magical kisses who came to Kabul to save the day and win Rukhsana s team the cricket tournament which enabled them to get to Pakistan and then run away to other parts of the world As he was an NRI, he had a wad of Benjamins to help the Afghan cousins of the heroine to get them to their desired parts of the world The fact that the captain of the opposing cricket team was named Waseem the bad guy of course and had played for a club in Rawalpindi was not lost on the readers.The writer Timeri N Murari is apparently a big writer in India but this book was absolute shit I can totally picture how he came about the plot It must have been one long weekend when he watched both Lagaan and Veer Zara on TV and then some news about Talibaan and had some bad idli and sambar and thought, I too can write a saga comprising of various countries and escape from Afghanistan and become next Khaled Hoseini I mean it has cricket, inter faith cross border romance and a feisty heroine, what else would the public want Errr how about some originality, research and some heart Honestly, it was one of those stories where you end up rooting for the villain which in this case was the Taliban minister for vice and virtue Yes, this book made me root for a Talib and that is quite a feat.I would give this book half a star for the effort it must have taken the writer to sit down and write all 336 pages The story is clich d and predictable with boring uni dimensional characters ad really bad narrative You want to slap the hell outta the protagonist by the end of it.http tazeen.net 2014 04 22 the tali

  7. Natalie says:

    Maybe I ve read too many novels that take place in Afghanistan or Iran because this book was just too predicable It had a different twist to it that made it different than the other books, that being the sport Cricket But the same story line that I see in all of these books is Woman betrothed to someone she doesn t love or forced to marry a bad man but is really in love with someone else This book still had an interesting story but I prefer the writing style I ve read in some other Middle Ea Maybe I ve read too many novels that take place in Afghanistan or Iran because this book was just too predicable It had a different twist to it that made it different than the other books, that being the sport Cricket But the same story line that I see in all of these books is Woman betrothed to someone she doesn t love or forced to marry a bad man but is really in love with someone else This book still had an interesting story but I prefer the writing style I ve read in some other Middle Eastern historical fiction novels better This book really was just too predictable I still had to finish to confirm my predictions

  8. Rosanne Hawke says:

    I loved The Taliban Cricket Club and so did my husband I was impressed at how author Timeri n Murari managed to use humour or should I say satire with such dangerous, dark and sad content The mismatch of cricket with its peaceful laws and the Taliban was amusing to start with and yet the story is a well written thriller as well Five stars for the truth, lightly and beautifully told in a memorable way.

  9. Madhulika Liddle says:

    In a Kabul under the brutal hand of the Taliban, a woman is shot dead by the religious police for venturing out without her mahram, a male relative So what if she was headed for the hospital in a desperate bid to save her ill baby, and there was no mahram to accompany her For Kabul in the late 90s is a horrendous place to be vicious, merciless, ferociously repressive Photos and cinema are banned, games are forbidden, women must never be seen without their burqas, people are executed at the d In a Kabul under the brutal hand of the Taliban, a woman is shot dead by the religious police for venturing out without her mahram, a male relative So what if she was headed for the hospital in a desperate bid to save her ill baby, and there was no mahram to accompany her For Kabul in the late 90s is a horrendous place to be vicious, merciless, ferociously repressive Photos and cinema are banned, games are forbidden, women must never be seen without their burqas, people are executed at the drop of a hat.Against this backdrop is set the story of 24 year old Rukhsana, who lives in Kabul with her widowed mother now battling the last stages of cancer and her 16 year old brother Jahan Once a journalist but forced to quit her job by the Taliban women must not work in jobs such as this Rukhsana has been sneaking out reports under a pseudonym to the Hindustan Times while waiting to go to America to get married She is under no illusions her intended, Shaheen, and Rukhsana are just childhood friends, not in love marriage is an obligation imposed by their families And deep in her heart Rukhsana loves another man, knowing full well that she will never see him again.While Rukhsana waits for her mother to die, however, two things happen the Taliban regime announces that they ve decided cricket where the players are decently clad might be a good way of building ties with the rest of the world, so Afghanistan will apply for an ICC membership, and matches will be held to select a team to represent the country and travel to Pakistan for further coaching Then, Rukhsana gets a proposal rather, an order from Wahidi, a brutal and ruthless Taliban minister who wants to marry her What Wahidi does not know is that Rukhsana who studied journalism at Delhi University and spent years in Delhi used to be a star cricketer What he does not know is that this courageous young woman along with an army of young male cousins and Jahan, her brother will do anything it takes to somehow form a team that can win the national tournament, and be sent to Pakistan from where they can make their way to freedom Or can they For Rukhsana, her relatives and friends, things may change even as they watch.I found Timeri N Murari s The Taliban Cricket Club an extremely readable book, virtually impossible to put down It s a great blend of different genres suspense, adventure the cricket match angle gets woven in into an almost Escape to Victory style theme, just as fast paced and edge of the seat romance the very occasional glimpse of humour the pathos of Rukhsana s dying mother And, of course, the very vivid, very real horror of a regime utterly, unbelievably tyrannical An excellent book, very well written, and immensely satisfying

  10. Sam Still Reading says:

    When I first read the title of this book, I wondered what on earth it could be about From what I knew about the Taliban, they didn t appear to have time to play cricket But as you read this book, with its equal measures of repression, love, humour and intense sadness, you will understand exactly why this name is the perfect title Murari writes a sensitive book that will have you laughing, crying and cheering in equal measures.The main character of the novel is Rukshana, a former journalist wh When I first read the title of this book, I wondered what on earth it could be about From what I knew about the Taliban, they didn t appear to have time to play cricket But as you read this book, with its equal measures of repression, love, humour and intense sadness, you will understand exactly why this name is the perfect title Murari writes a sensitive book that will have you laughing, crying and cheering in equal measures.The main character of the novel is Rukshana, a former journalist who is now forced to write undercover using pseudonyms after not being allowed to work under the Taliban regime Strangely, she is called to a press conference where it announced that Afghanistan will be holding a cricket tournament and the winners are allowed to travel out of the country unheard of Rukshana s cousins decide to form a team for the ultimate prize and if they win, they re not coming back One problem though Rukshana s the only person who knows how to play cricket Enter watching banned cricket videos under the cover of darkness, some daring disguises and the boys begin to learn their new sport However, the minister for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has now decided he wishes to marry Rukshana, putting her life at risk How can Rukshana teach the team to win and evade a forced marriage If you loved A Thousand Splendid Suns, you ll adore this book Murari balances the descriptions of the severe restrictions forced on the women of Kabul with funny stories of the boys playing cricket and Rukshana s happier days at university in India I did have to put down the book several times to compose myself the injustices that Rukshana faces just because of her sex are difficult to comprehend Not being allowed to go to the letterbox without as escort is a small but essential freedom denied to her Would you rely on your younger brother to post your letters What is happier andamusing, is the ways that the team try to thwart the tyrannies to achieve their freedom from costumes to fake cousins to practising in the basement.I don t want to spoil the ending for you, but please allow yourself adequate time to read and read because you won t be able to put this down