Hey guys! I have recently finished reading this book. Keep on reading to know my thoughts on it!~
Title: Men And Dreams In the Dhauladhar
Author: Kochery C Shibu
Genre: Fiction, Indian Literature
Length: 397 pages
Rating: 3.5⭐ / 5⭐
A Hydel project in the remote HImalayas- three people brought together by fate.
Nanda an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site, hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love for his dear ones, and the kalari code of revenge.
Khusru, a youth displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot that threatens to blow up the dam, working as a labourer at the site.
Rekha, a kathak dancer at heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru.
A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.
All throng the campsite like moths to a flame, some escape untouched,successful;some miss a step and perish. each has a story to tell and a dream to realise. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about the aspirations of these people, with their cares and worries woven to the site life. The fury of nature and hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead.
Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk their lives and limb in the quest to fulfil their dreams.
‘Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar’ is a book which is based in the mountain ranges of Dhauladhar. There are lots of characters in the book, main ones being Nanda, Khuru and Rekha. The plot is about a dam construction and how the terrorist group is trying to sabotage it.
The book is descriptive, talking in lengths about the dam project which at some parts I found it not necessary. Each characters’ backstory is brilliant however the character development could have been better.
The author has written the book basis his personal experience which can be felt, as few bits and pieces were realistic. Its a slow paced book and you would need to give time to read this one.
What I disliked about the story was the progression for few characters. They could have been used to their potential and some could have been better portrayed. Rekha’s character towards the end could have been way better, I personally wasn’t a big fan of it.
The language in the book is English with sprinklings of local language. It is easy to read and understand. However it could use the local language less.
All in all, you can give this book a read. For me it was a one time read. Looking forward to more works from the author as this one was his debut book. And I am pretty sure the others would be amazing.
(Pic courtesy: Book cover on Kindle)