A Team of Extraordinary Bastards (Arka Datta) ~ Book Review

A Team of Extraordinary BastardsBlurb:

Arya Sen is destiny’s child, a young boy from Kolkata who is born to be the greatest the Football World has ever seen. The universe never fails to surprise him with good fortunes as he embarks on his journey from Kolkata to all over the world. But, just when he starts to believe that nothing can go wrong for him, everything changes.

Surrounded by loss, darkness, and complete absence of luck, Arya desperately waits for hope. And it appears but from the unlikeliest of places. With the support of his wife April and younger brother Ilan, Arya takes upon him a task that is bigger and more important than all of them. This time, he is up against his greatest friend: Destiny.


Spring alone does not make life, there will be storm,  heat, wind, rain; that’s how it rolls. A balance of ups and downs, of failures and success’. Arya’s life is no different, he his journey embarked on goodwill and fortune turns dark soon enough. The passionate footballer makes his way through the odds, how will he make till the end or will he? Grab a copy to know more.

The author effectively depicted Arya’s share of life to deliver an inspirational story. It is a difficult task to create the spirit of a game through words than visual but he did it well. The story started on a point of match. The essence of the play makes the book a page-turner and the thoughts delivered through his life strikes you for good. The book makes you believe in your dreams again. The writing style, character frame, and presentation did justice to the book. I loved how engaging and refreshing the read was.

What I felt off about the book is its cover design, it could have been much better. A few portions could have been framed better or could have taken a different turn; just my thought.

I would happily rate this book 4.25/5  🙂 and recommends it to all football and inspirational story lovers.


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