Book reviews

Book review: Men and Dreams in Dhauladhar by Kochery C. Shibu

Title– Men and Dreams in Dhauladhar
Author– Kochery C. Shibu
Publisher– Niyogi Books
Page- 284
Genre- Fiction
Publication date- 3 Aug 2015
My ratings- 3.5/5

Book blurb:
A hydelpower 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 of his dear ones and the traditional kalari code of revenge. Khusru, a boy displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot threatening to blow up the dam, working as a labourer at the site. Rekha, a Kathak dancer in 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 into the site life. The fury of nature and the 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 life and limb in a quest to fulfill their dreams.

My Review:
“Men and dreams in the Dhauladhar” is an indian character-driven book set up in the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas that primarily talks about the construction of AM Hydel power plant and the characters interwoven with their dreams.

The book lays out multiple characters. Nanda, Khusru, Rekha, Indumati with some other sub characters whose life has been aptly put in the book. Their past, dreams and the way some characters subdued their fears and inner demons are deftly limned by the author.

The narration is simple yet elegant. The book holds some flavours of native languages and descriptive depictions embedding Himalayan range that renders it with more indian vibes.

Author’s research, knowledge and technicalities of engineering are reflected throughout the book but I personally found the technical part of the book bit long and tiresome( you might like it if you’re from an engineering background) but nonetheless I had a good reading experience.

There are times when you have to fight for what you value, that is what life is about.

Thanks to the author for sending me the review copy.✨

Recommended for: the one’s who are looking for a book with Indian vibes and informative ideas.

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