If you are looking for a witty, yet intense book that talks about the Taliban Government’s atrocities on its people, The Taliban Cricket Club is your answer. T N Murari has gone into the details of the Taliban Government’s rules and how they interpret Islam and its rules for the women.
The protagonist of the book, Rukhsana is forced to resign from her job as a journalist because, according to the Talibani Government, ‘the home and the grave are the only places where we (a woman) could be seen’. She manages to write for foreign newspapers under a pseudo name until the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice summons her to announce a cricket tournament; the winning team gets to go to Pakistan to for training.
The book also talks about strong family values and how important it is for an Afghan women to honour her father’s words, even after his death. Rukhsana decides to marry a guy her father had chosen for her, despite being in love with someone else. But on the other hand, Rukhsana’s fiancee decides not to honour his father’s words and marries some other woman, because Rukhsana had her commitments.
A well-structured book that needs a bit more editing, the book is a definite page-turner and it’s difficult to put the book down, after finishing the first five chapters. Dangerous, feisty and funny, totally engaging from the beginning.