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.

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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?

About the Author:

Gaurav Bhalla has led a diverse and varied life as a global business executive, consultant, entrepreneur, educator, author, and speaker. Growing up his goal was to be a scholar-athlete – like Roger Bannister – so he pursued both academics and athletics vigorously. The former won out, though he still catches himself wishing he had participated in at least one Olympics.

His passion is the human condition. How people resolve their feelings of love, hate, envy, jealousy, and anger; how they permit or prevent their feelings from finding their way to words and actions; how they decide which words, which actions to call on stage is what moves him, and compels him to write. He finds the human condition a fertile ground for stories, because it is what makes life and people interesting and attractive, and, at the same time, frustrating and repulsive.

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Gaurav Bhalla's The Curse and the Cup is a tragic story of black cricketers, a wife and mother's fury, and one young man's determination to claim his rightful place on the cricket pitch and the world stage. A brilliant book that is sure to entertain and amaze. - Robert Myers, Author, Playwright, Educator (over 15 plays on politics and race)

The Curse and the Cup is a remarkable multi-generational saga about the Lingani family and Mama Nonkosi's curse that has until now prevented the Proteas from winning the World Cup. Will the writer—like a modern-day songoma—finally, in telling this story, lift this curse? - Professor Andre Odendaal, CEO Cape Cobras, Author of The Story of an African Game

An outstandingly original novel, The Curse and the Cup takes the simple reality of South Africa's inexplicable failure to win any major global tournaments and casts a spell upon it. There is no cliched lap of honor here, just an engaging voyage of discovery. - Mark Nicholas, Journalist, Commentator, and former Hampshire Captain

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