The Curse and the Cup

by Gaurav Bhalla

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-3664-0
  2. Pages: 375 pages
  3. Date: March 2015


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?


Gaurav Bhalla is a business educator and consultant who operates globally. A published author,
he has written poems and short stories. This is his first novel. Find out more about him at www.
gauravbhalla.com and www.thecurseandthecup.com.