The ‘Middle-Aged Teenagers’ is a short novel with a strong story line and clearly etched out characters which Indian readers will relate to.
It is the story of a group of friends who, now in their 40s, embark on a stag weekend to Goa, hoping to relive earlier times. Happily married but looking for excitement elsewhere, the five get out of the mundane to be their natural selves.
The story brings out the contrast between this trip and one taken 23 years ago when they were just out of school, cash-strapped and immature. But what the two trips have in common is their propensity to run into trouble.
If they had steered clear of misery as teenagers, they find themselves in a bigger pit on this trip. In a hilarious climax that has them at the mercy of underworld goons at a sleazy joint, they end up fulfilling their long forgotten desires that laid buried under the pressure of home and hearth.
The story has a subtle but strong message for the readers— that they can pursue their desires, which are often not very difficult to achieve.
1. Part I — 11
2. Part II — 29
3. Part III — 60
4. Part IV — 83
5. Part V — 113
C. Rajshekhar Rao is an acclaimed name in sports journalism. He has reported on various sports disciplines since the early 1990s, but cricket has been his forte.
Rao has worked for leading media groups like The Hindu and Agence France Presse (AFP), and is presently employed with the Daily News and Analysis (DNA) newspaper. His column ‘Snicks and Swingers’ during his stint as Editor of Cricketnext.com was widely appreciated.
His cricket assignments include matches of the 1996 World Cup and the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship apart from a number of Test matches and One Day Internationals in India and overseas. He has been a journeyman on the domestic circuit for a number of years.
Rao also dabbles in fiction. His book ‘India Beckons and Other Stories’, published in 2006, was a criticially applauded work.
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