The chapter begins with a fantasy of Jess: She plays football for the Manchester United and makes an important goal. Her team wins and she is the big star. After the play her mother is in the studio for an interview and complains about Jess (she does not want that Jess plays football).
With a shout, Mrs. Bhamra tears Jess away from her fantasies. Her mother wants that she goes shopping with her sister Pinky. Pinky is very excited, because she will marry Teetu soon. But now she found out that Teetu’s sister is going to wear pink to their engagement party. That is a desaster for her, because she also wants to wear pink. So she needs a new suit.
During the shopping, they meet their cousins Meena, Bubbly and Monica and Jess’ mate Tony with his mother. After a short talk, they go on with the shopping and Pinky finds the perfect suit for her at long last.
On the way home, they notice that they forgot to buy carrots and dhania for their mother. So Jess has to buy it in a little market and has to go home on foot, because Pinky has to drive home to be punctual for a meeting.
Jess knows that her mates are in the park and that they play football. That is why she decides to take a short cut through the park. She only wants to say hello, because she knows that her mother will be mad if she plays football with the boys. But they persuade Jess for a short play and so she joins them.
After a while she comes home and unfortunately she gets into trouble with her mother, because she is too late and her mother knows that she played football.
The chapter ends with the engagement party of Pinky. At first Jess thinks that it will be a horrible party, but the party is not that bad.
- She is an Indian girl.
- She wants to be a famous football player and has a lot of fantasy (p.5-7).
- David Beckham is her idol, because he is a very good footballer (p.7,l.11).
- She thinks that nobody in her family understands her (p.7,l.18).
- She has a sister named Pinky who wants to marry Teetu (from p.7,l.15).
- She hates to go shopping (p.8,l.9).
- She wears casual wear (p.8,l.22).
- She has a mate namend Tony with whom she revised for her A-levels (from p.10, l.3).
- She does not really know what she wants to do after school, but her parents want that she will become a lawyer. Her only dream is to play football, but she knows that this is not a proper job for a girl (from p.11, l.1).
- The other boys are a little bit jealous, because she can play very well (p.12, l.4).
- She does not want to get married yet, at first she wants to do something with her life.
- She seems to be very religious, strict and is again Jess’ dream to play football (p.6, l.11).
- She never takes notice of the wishes of Jess (p.7, l.2).
- She compares everytime her life with the lives of her daughters (p.8, l.10).
- He is a security guard (p.13, l.7).
- He seems to be very nice. When he talks with Jess about all the posters of Beckham in her room, he suggests her to put up some nice pictures of beautiful scenery but Jess groans and so he only smiles at her and stroakes her hair (p.13, l.12).
- He seems to be sympathetic.
- She is pretty, is dressed like a normal girl and a lot of boys look at her (p.8, l.20).
- She likes to go shopping (p.8, l.24).
- She is a good player (when they see their cousins Meena, Bubbly and Monica in Ajanta, she says at first: “oh, no” and her face drops, but then she puts on her fake smile and is very nice to them) (p.8, l.30).
- She seems to be very superficial.
Monica, Bubly and Meena:
- They only think of boys and clothes (p.9, l.2).
- They wear strappy little tops and tight jeans, and they have dyed hair with streakly highlights (p.9, l.3).
- They are jealous of Pinky’s wedding (p.9, l.15).
- The girls are also superficial (p.13,l.27).
- It is embarrassing for him to appear with his mother (p.10, l.12)
- He had just done his A-leves and revised with Jess (p.11, l.1)
- He is the fiancé of Pinky
- According to Jess, Teetu is nice, but he is also good at making shady deals (p.13, l.32).
For a girl it is not permit to have contact with men and to show some bare skin. Mostly the parents plan the future for their children (Jess has to be a lawyer, has to marry). Before a woman can marry a man, the parents have to agree with.
I think it is very hard for Jess to fulfill her own dreams and to fulfill the dreams of her parents at the same time. They have an idea of Jess’ life and they want that Jess will do what they want.