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Book Description Publication Date: September 19, 2015 Print edition : September 19 2015 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 Book Description Publication Date: September 19, 2015 Print edition : September 19 2015 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.


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Book Description Publication Date: September 19, 2015 Print edition : September 19 2015 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 Book Description Publication Date: September 19, 2015 Print edition : September 19 2015 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.

30 review for Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    I absolutely loved this book! If you are the person who loves detailed portrayal of each character, then go nowhere else. Here in this book, You've Got Everything!! Nanda, Khusru and Rekha are brought together in mountains of Dhauladhar. Their unforeseen journey will surprise and shock you to your core. The diversity from all over India and from foreign is written down beautifully in a single book. I was impressed with the fact that the story had the fragments from author's own life and experience I absolutely loved this book! If you are the person who loves detailed portrayal of each character, then go nowhere else. Here in this book, You've Got Everything!! Nanda, Khusru and Rekha are brought together in mountains of Dhauladhar. Their unforeseen journey will surprise and shock you to your core. The diversity from all over India and from foreign is written down beautifully in a single book. I was impressed with the fact that the story had the fragments from author's own life and experiences, which made it even more interesting. I think of the author as a strong and determined person to have coming up with such a brilliant story and creating a charm over the reader with amazing narration. You never seem to take your mind off from Nanda, Khusru and Rekha's story. Being a girl, I was fascinated to know Rekha's story, who waits for her prince charming seeing whom her heart would do 'dhin dhin ta na na'. Choosing a kidnapper over all those highly educated people was a strange decision in itself, but that's how it goes, love just happens. No control over it. The way she carried herself with grace, being the doctor at the camp, taking care of people around her and being with her husband until it all was over, was inspiring. Nanda's life looked like a south Indian movie's hero's life. He had action, romance, drama, grief, comedy, suspense everything in his narration. Khusru was always the suspicious one, but he'll occupy the reader's mind the most. Doing detailed study of each character is not an easy task, describing their conditions from their great grand parent's time, I think the author is a genius to have done so, brilliant! Many books will come, many books will go, but Men and Dreams In The Dhauladhar will stay in my mind for a long time, reminding me of my own dreams and encouraging me to fulfill them. Many beautiful and heart breaking stories inside one wonderful book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Archit

    That's the spirit. One Question : Did you enjoy One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez? If yes, then this book is for you. Weaving a lot of stories inside each chapter, collecting the smaller parts, turning it into a big picture and saying 'did you expect this!', couldn't have been done better than in this one. "Nanda looked at the mountains, he didn't know what they had in store for him!" Neither did we. Until we come to the last pages, to find out that there can't be an ending That's the spirit. One Question : Did you enjoy One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez? If yes, then this book is for you. Weaving a lot of stories inside each chapter, collecting the smaller parts, turning it into a big picture and saying 'did you expect this!', couldn't have been done better than in this one. "Nanda looked at the mountains, he didn't know what they had in store for him!" Neither did we. Until we come to the last pages, to find out that there can't be an ending to books like this. Weren't you warned before? The cover kept me captivated as every time I had a look at it, giving me chilly, sunny, bright and insightful notions of people's lives in Dhauladhar. Having read a book that had various characteristics to stand in a special corner in my heart, I'm feeling content. Although I couldn't relate personally to the three main characters' struggles, it didn't prevent me to see the charm it created in my mind. The detailed specifications of journey recorded in it, shows the expertise of the author, magnanimously. Many lives are brought and entangled together, failing six degrees of separation concept, woven fantastically, making the dreams attainable and the journey enjoyable. What better a verdict should a fantabulous book like this need? Go away, take my money. 5 hard earned stars it is.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anu

    EDIT 2 - 25/5/2018 Em showed me how to attach the screenshot; as mentioned, I am eternally grateful to her. EDIT - 25/5/2108: THE AUTHOR SENT ME AN EMAIL TELLING ME THAT HE WAS GOING TO COURIER THIS BOOK TO ME AND THAT I WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. WHEN I REFUSED, HE CALLED ME. ON MY PHONE. This is extremely invasive, not to mention slightly terrifying! What the fuck is wrong with this man? Also I want to attach a photo of the email, but I am technologically challenged. If someone can please EDIT 2 - 25/5/2018 Em showed me how to attach the screenshot; as mentioned, I am eternally grateful to her. EDIT - 25/5/2108: THE AUTHOR SENT ME AN EMAIL TELLING ME THAT HE WAS GOING TO COURIER THIS BOOK TO ME AND THAT I WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. WHEN I REFUSED, HE CALLED ME. ON MY PHONE. This is extremely invasive, not to mention slightly terrifying! What the fuck is wrong with this man? Also I want to attach a photo of the email, but I am technologically challenged. If someone can please tell me how I can do this, I shall be eternally grateful. -- ORIGINAL REVIEW It really pains me to do this, because someone that I have a lot of respect for really liked this book, and also recommended that I read it. And if you must know, Mr. Shibu, I was actually going to read your book once I got more time on my hands. You had no patience, however. Repeatedly asking me to read something will not a favourable review make. I'm sure the author has worked hard to write his novel, however, he needs to realise that we have day jobs too. Imposing that I read your book will only piss me off, as it very well did in this case. So, yes, dear author, there you go. There's your review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vishnu Chevli

    There are some books which has interesting plot and characters that you forget about other negative points of book. 'Men and Dreams In the Dhauladhar' by Kochery Shibu is one such tale which kept me reading book till last page in-spite of many dull phases. I don't want to brief about story this time. I will discuss few points I marked through out story. Let me start with negative point first so that positive points will cover up afterwards. For me book has two stories. - Story revolves around dam There are some books which has interesting plot and characters that you forget about other negative points of book. 'Men and Dreams In the Dhauladhar' by Kochery Shibu is one such tale which kept me reading book till last page in-spite of many dull phases. I don't want to brief about story this time. I will discuss few points I marked through out story. Let me start with negative point first so that positive points will cover up afterwards. For me book has two stories. - Story revolves around dam construction. - Story revolves around terrorist plan to blow dam. First story is boring and I would say not at all required. No body could have noticed even if it is not present. Removal of that part will comprise original story to 50%. Even till last 240 pages I felt that dam construction would have something to do with main plot, but apart from Khusru joining labour camp nothing interesting was there. I was about to finish book because I didn't mind reading technical description but I don't know how many non-engineer/non-technical person can bear it. My Feeling while reading this part Now coming to second story, main crux of the book. Author has cover up the boredom spread over construction details with equally interesting characters and plot. This part shows how deep information author has gathered to write each and every incident and character. And this part of the story was like Author has created not just main character Nanda, Khusru or Rekha, he created a detailed background for their family as well. Struggle starting from each characters' father or grand father or great grand father to that particular character was given with appealing description. One could visualize beauty of Pakistan Controlled Kashmir or Dhauladhar just by description. Again this story also has few points or detailed characters which I found useless from story point of view... Detailed Review Link - http://chevusread.blogspot.com/2016/1...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aakanksha

    Men and Dream in the Dhauladhar is the debut book of Kochery C Shibu. It is a work of fiction based on a dam project. The cover page and the title definitely attract the reader's attention. Plot - The dam was being built on two rivers name Aher and Matora in Dhauladhar range, also known as Outer Himalayas. It's named after the first letter of these two rivers AM Hydro Project. The constructor of this million dollars project is LLC. The story revolves around the worker's lifestyle and their day t Men and Dream in the Dhauladhar is the debut book of Kochery C Shibu. It is a work of fiction based on a dam project. The cover page and the title definitely attract the reader's attention. Plot - The dam was being built on two rivers name Aher and Matora in Dhauladhar range, also known as Outer Himalayas. It's named after the first letter of these two rivers AM Hydro Project. The constructor of this million dollars project is LLC. The story revolves around the worker's lifestyle and their day to day struggles. The dam is important for the nation, and that's why a terrorist organization wants to blow it on the day of the inauguration. Characters - There are so many characters in this story. By the end, one can lose keeping track. The Nanda is considered to be a male protagonist. He ran away from his hometown Kerala due to gang rivalry. He is an engineer and lay low for sometimes working on the dam project away from his family. Khusru lost his family in the partition, and become ISI operative. Rekha is a well-known dancer and looking for love. In his search of true love, he falls in love with the terrorist. Sanjay Rathore is an investigator of the national terrorist threat. He keeps track of all the characters and solves the mystery. I have a lot of problems with the characters, especially female ones. The author portrays them in a weak and misogynistic way. I feel that Indumati and Rekha have the potential to stand out, but they didn't. I didn't even like or connect with any of the personality. They didn't grow with time. I feel like Kochery C Shibu didn't do justice with the characters. Language - This book is definitely not written for the international reader's perspective. The dialogue includes Hindi, Malayalam, and what not. It breaks the flow of reading. There are no grammatical errors to be found. Narration - It is slow-paced. The author's professional background helps him in his writing. He gives an illustrative comprehension of everything. It reminds me of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. One needs to be patient while reading this book. At some points, I felt the awe because of twist and turns of events. Overall, this book didn't work well for me, but I know it will definitely work for those readers who love slow-moving and detailed circumstantial stories. Read more here - https://www.bookscharming.com/2019/05...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashok Krishna

    When the author of this book approached me on Goodreads for a review, I was a little unsure, since modern Indian fiction is something that I stay away from. But then, the author assured me that the book is nothing like the works of the contemporary Indian authors that depend on melodrama and cheap titillation to sell their books. I agreed to read the book based on that assurance and a cursory look at the description of the book. The first 100-odd pages raced away like a rocket. Core characters o When the author of this book approached me on Goodreads for a review, I was a little unsure, since modern Indian fiction is something that I stay away from. But then, the author assured me that the book is nothing like the works of the contemporary Indian authors that depend on melodrama and cheap titillation to sell their books. I agreed to read the book based on that assurance and a cursory look at the description of the book. The first 100-odd pages raced away like a rocket. Core characters of the book were all being introduced one by one, like the notes of a Hindustani raga, each given its own gamut of emotions and elaboration. Nanda, the protagonist of the book - or, at least that is what I thought him to be – arrives for work at the hydro-Electrical project site in the Himalayan ranges, escaping a blood-soaked past of gang-wars and revenge killings that have spiraled out of control. Khusru, a Kashmiri youth, separated from his parents in childhood, is recruited by the terrorist groups in Pakistan to assist in the destruction of a dam – the same dam where Nanda is working. Rekha is a Kathak dancer, whose ancestors have all had a bitter taste of the Partition. She is dedicated to her art, a globetrotting independent woman that is willing to wait for the one who will make love bloom in her heart, instead of getting married in the routine manner and spending time like yet-another-Indian-housewife. Now, I felt promises galore in these characters. But alas, the book promises only to deceive. First, the strong points. Character formation is definitely the author’s forte. He manages to put the reader in the shoes of the character. With vivid descriptions and simple style, the author manages to make the characters come alive. Of course, not all the characters are flawless and necessary but more on that later. Then, sincerity. The author is definitely dedicated to his craft – writing. He tries hard to convey his ideas and thoughts to the reader without any ‘transmission losses’ and it is quite evident in his writing. Also, he puts to good use his wide knowledge gained from past experiences, to depict scenes and situations to make them feel real. Accolades to him for that. Now, there are many aspects that cause disappointment and deprive the author of a glorious debut. Most important of them all is the plot. I wish the author had given more attention to the plot as well, alongside the characters. With a promising plotline and a bunch of intense characters, he could have worked wonders, but the book does not take off ever. All you get to read are backstories and current experiences of the characters that do nothing to rally the main story along. Nanda gets pulled into a violent life of killings and revenge killings and his backstory is one of the gripping points in the book. But all that he does once he is in the hydro-project is nothing but work. What started off like a burning train ends up as a damp squib. I would have loved to see Nanda’s emotions and yearnings explored more. In fact, his entire story can be developed into a book of its own. Next is Khusru. Not sure what I am supposed to feel for him, but empathy is definitely not the name for it. Deserted by his parents who run away to Pakistan leaving him behind in his uncle’s care, losing his uncle to the army shelling, recruited by the terrorist groups, his purpose in life is said to be to meet his family again. But his character loses steam after promising much. His promiscuity, for example, is a put-off. He marries a widow - elder than him - from his shepherd group, after saving her from marauding tribesmen. He leaves her to visit Pakistan for training and then sleeps with his Urdu teacher there – an elder and married woman. He comes back to the group to learn about his wife’s death during childbirth. He then marries another girl from the group and consummates his marriage with her. He leaves the group again and marries another Kashmiri girl from the Indian side of the border after some ‘saving’ her. And, then he sleeps with Rekha – again another elder woman. It is as if almost every time the name of a girl pops up in the chapter in which Khusru appears, he is going to marry her or sleep with her. You don’t get to see love or intensity in any of those relationships. And, coming from a character with all the scope for an intense emotional portrayal, this sort of a sleeping around is not only unconvincing but weakens the character’s emotional integrity. Rekha – just as you think that this character is being woven well and thorough, it falls flat on its face. A woman who is passionate about her art and taking it to new heights, a woman who has been avoiding men all through her life, keeps her modesty intact despite many opportunities to falter, falls head-over-heels in love with Khusru, after she is separated from her pilgrimage group during a terrorist attack and abduction. Oh, she also copulates with him, because it was cold, he is handsome and he pulls off her wet clothes and pushes her down. Any normal reading will prove it to you that it is a rape. But well, he doesn’t even attempt to rape her, as she yields to that ‘musty smell of sweat and his wiry looks’. He abducted her? So what! He is a terrorist obviously? Who cares? He seems young and naïve. What does it matter?! Really??? Are women so easy to sleep with?! The author later on tries to sneak in ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ as the excuse, but that sort of an affinity develops only with some sort of interaction between the kidnapper and the victim. Not just because they kept copulating for a whole night without even knowing one another or having even a meaningful conversation. Also, their ‘love’ that the author tries to push into our brains, towards the last few pages of the book, feels at best to be infatuation or the glee of the woman at finding a vent for all those pent up carnal tensions. Please, let’s not call it ‘love’ and insult that pure emotion! Another bane is the surfeit of characters that don’t contribute anything to the book except to the page count. Mangu Ram, Sandeep, Rajanish, Katarina, Rafiq, Mukesh, Sherah and a few more come and go, as standalone characters, without being fused into the tale in a meaningful manner. Equally tedious is the technicality crammed into the book. It would have been better if the author had kept the technicalities and jargon to the minimum or stopped with a general explanation of the hydro-electrical projects in a separate chapter. Another dreaded aspect is the italics. By italics I mean the author’s penchant for including the transliterated vernacular words and phrases every now and then. While they help in adding a local flavor to the tale and help you feel in place, they are over-utilized to the extent of your coming across them almost every other page. Beyond a point, it gets annoying to read a word in italics and its explanation filling the next couple of lines. A seasoned editor could have helped the author avoid these pitfalls and trim the book by at least 50-odd pages, improving the book’s tempo. Then the Dhauladhar ranges. During the run-up to the tale, the author creates a lot of expectations in your mind about the role these mountains, the stage for this grand drama, are going to play. But all that they do is to appear lamely at the end of the chapter, ‘seeming’ to say something to one of the characters and the character ‘wondering’ as to what they mean. Monotonous and lack appeal. Coming back to the plot, a book that spends almost three-fourths of its length to build its characters cannot end by cramming all the action within two pages. That too through a character that was not given even half the importance of what was given to some of the fringe characters. The climax feels muddled and rushed, just like the writing style in those pages, lacking the smooth flow that made the book a pleasure to read in the early pages. It feels as if an elaborate symphony is rushed to its end with a quick beat of rap, instead of going for a classic crescendo. If you’re a person that reads just for the sake of reading, to pass time, without expecting to gain much from the book emotionally or intellectually, and a fan of ‘young-adult’ fictions, then this book is for you. As for me, I am looking forward to a much better work from the author, because he shows a lot of promise and potential that remain unrealized in this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Supratim

    I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is a debut novel by Kochery C. Shibu. The book tells the stories of three people who have thronged the construction site of a hydel power project in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas for different reasons: Nanda - an engineer who is fleeing a blood feud and pines for his loved ones Khusru - a Kashmiri youth who has been ordered by certain "certain bearded men" to I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is a debut novel by Kochery C. Shibu. The book tells the stories of three people who have thronged the construction site of a hydel power project in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas for different reasons: Nanda - an engineer who is fleeing a blood feud and pines for his loved ones Khusru - a Kashmiri youth who has been ordered by certain "certain bearded men" to be a part of conspiracy to blow up the dam Rekha - a doctor by training and a passionate Kathak dancer who is in love with Khusru This book is just not a thriller - the author has tried to tell the stories of different people - I sympathized more with some minor characters and the terrorist plot is just a part of the narrative. The story would take you on a journey through the India, Pakistan and even countries of Europe appear in the narrative. I appreciate the author's efforts in creating well rounded characters and trying to portray the cultural and linguistic diversity of India. The characters are not flawless but human - if they have principles then they also have prejudices. If the characters possess decency, kindness,honour, courage then they also experience lust, greed, shame, contrition, fear. I learnt a new thing from this novel - the kalari ( an ancient martial art practiced in the Indian state of Kerala) code of revenge - I had heard about kalari before but did not know that it had a code as well and how the form developed. The depiction of the dam construction site was also very realistic and enjoyable - at least I enjoyed the realistic depiction of the way the business runs and copes with the myriad challenges, how the labourers are treated and the injustice met out to them and how certain elements try to foment trouble. One thing I really appreciated was how the author portrayed the feelings of traditional people who helplessly watch the world change around. The life they have lived for millennia, the bonds they considered sacred, the customs handed down to them through generations are slowly but steadily disappearing or seeing a sea change -their own children might have scant regard for the ways of their ancestors as well. They have revered the mountains for thousands of years but to modern people they are just a natural entity. Now I get to the conspiracy - the plot had been hatched by the ISI of Pakistan in collusion with Al Qaeda and the narrative features terror camps, ISI agents, sectarian violence in Pakistan, honey trap, gunfights between the Indian Army and the terrorists, the brutality of the terrorists and their powerful network. Khusru - the decent man was actually a pawn in all of this and you end up sympathizing with him. To counter the terrorists - the Indian counter-terrorist agency, NIA did make an appearance and surprisingly so did a much feared foreign secret service. I wish I author had focused more on the terrorist conspiracy and the investigation to stop them - but the plot is a part and not the crux of the narrative. The author had tried to do a good job - he has incorporated suspense, action, romance, drama into the daily struggles of life. As I have said before - parts of the books on the blood feud violence in Kerala, the terrorists and secret service, the lives of the labourers were good. One of my criticisms of the book is that the author has introduced too many characters and given elaborate back stories for a few of them - this only served to divert the reader's attention away from the important part of the story. To be fair, the author did show how the many minor characters had a part to play but I feel that the novel would have been much better had certain parts been pruned. I also had difficulty in digesting the behaviour of Rekha - a highly educated, modern woman whose passion for dancing keeps her away from forming any relationship would fall for a man who apparently is a terrorist and be willing to leave her world behind. I know human beings are not that rational but this from a young girl is understandable - would a person who has traveled the world and moved in the so called liberal circles do that. My biggest problem was with the ending - it was a bit too melodramatic for my taste and something like an anti-climax. I was expecting something much better from the author. It was the ending which made me give a rating of 3 instead of 4. If the story appeals to you, then might want to give this book a try. I look forward to his next book and hope that he would be able write a riveting story with a fine ending.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Manpreet Kaur

    I was pleasantly surprised to read this book and love it so much. I mean, it does have some flaws - content gets too technical at times, a rather okayish climax and ending but would I suggest somebody to read it? Hell, YES! After a long drought, I finally have a book with true Indian vibes. I finally have a well-written book in hand with real expertise oozing out of it. I finally have a book that's beyond the usual easy subjects Indian authors choose. I finally have a book that was written after muc I was pleasantly surprised to read this book and love it so much. I mean, it does have some flaws - content gets too technical at times, a rather okayish climax and ending but would I suggest somebody to read it? Hell, YES! After a long drought, I finally have a book with true Indian vibes. I finally have a well-written book in hand with real expertise oozing out of it. I finally have a book that's beyond the usual easy subjects Indian authors choose. I finally have a book that was written after much hard work... it shows! I would definitely recommend you to read this book and it was, indeed, a pleasure to read this story that compels you to keep picking it up and reading it till the end. Loved it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sadaf sarkar

    Men and dreams in the dhauladhar book by Kochi .C.Shibu. It story is based on the building up of a hydel power project in the Himalayas . The main protagonists of the book are Nanda , Khusru , and Rekha who belong to the different parts of India but a united together for a national cause. The story deals different forms of difficulties which comes along with such a project and how it affects the lives of the people around and associated with it. The writing of book is mature, effective and very ap Men and dreams in the dhauladhar book by Kochi .C.Shibu. It story is based on the building up of a hydel power project in the Himalayas . The main protagonists of the book are Nanda , Khusru , and Rekha who belong to the different parts of India but a united together for a national cause. The story deals different forms of difficulties which comes along with such a project and how it affects the lives of the people around and associated with it. The writing of book is mature, effective and very appropriate.The characters are versatile each having their own uniqueness. The story is intense though it can slow down in parts. The details of the cultural background of the characters are well formulated . There are a in fact large number of characters present in the book other than protagonist which adds to world formation of the book. The details of the project are realistic and interesting . Overall I give this book a 🌠🌠🌠🌠 for the realism , language and concept. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful work by providing me with the review copy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fareya

    We all know book preludes can be deceiving and with this one that is what happened. When the author approached me on Goodreads for a review, I agreed mainly because the prologue sounded promising and it also held a 4+ rating on Goodreads. I couldn't wait to dive in. The story was about three very different people brought together by a Dam project in the Himalayas. Nanda, an engineer and kalari (martial art) expert, running for his life and hiding from the law. Khusru, a confused Kashmiri youth, We all know book preludes can be deceiving and with this one that is what happened. When the author approached me on Goodreads for a review, I agreed mainly because the prologue sounded promising and it also held a 4+ rating on Goodreads. I couldn't wait to dive in. The story was about three very different people brought together by a Dam project in the Himalayas. Nanda, an engineer and kalari (martial art) expert, running for his life and hiding from the law. Khusru, a confused Kashmiri youth, recruited by some Pakistani terrorist group to blow up a dam. Rekha, a doctor by profession, Kathak dancer by passion in search for the love of her life. I was looking forward to an engaging read weaved around the lives and events of these promising characters but that never happened. All I read were backstories and day-to-day events which didn't seem to flow together. In addition, too many characters were introduced with elaborate backgrounds, and most of them didn't have connections to the plot. Speaking of the plot, it had so much scope, but it felt like the author didn't give enough time or attention to shape it. More than half the book was just character description of countless people half of which I've already lost track of (considering I just finished reading it yesterday) and a fourth of it held unnecessary details on dam construction and labor negotiations. The climax was rushed, and it felt like the only thing that mattered was the completion of the dam construction project! I wish the author had paid more attention to building the storyline, instead of filling so many pages with the technicalities of building a dam and arguments between the labors and contractors. The usage of words from Hindi, Malayalam and other languages throughout was very annoying. I can think of no reason to have words like Bagh (Tiger), Bhaloo (Bear), Bachao (Help) and many more that I can't recall, written in Hindi instead of English. Also, Hindi swear words were thrown all over, non-italicized. I have no issues with swear words, but how would a non-Hindi speaker be able to understand any of this? Chapters named in Malayalam were equally distracting. Randomly italicized lines at the end of chapters, where supposedly the Dhauladhar mountains were speaking to the characters, seemed boring and pointless. As the book progressed, the grammar deteriorated. Another big hitch was the lack of fact checking. The Eid after Ramadan i.e. Eid-al-Fitr is not when animals are sacrificed. Muslims do so on Eid-al-Adha. I had to point this out. Overall, this could have been a better read if the plot was elaborate and the climax more involved. Also, wouldn't have hurt to keep the usage of non-English words to a minimum. Even so, the author does have a penchant for developing well rounded characters and portraying different cultures. **I would like to thank the author for providing me with an ebook in exchange for an honest review**

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gayatri

    Okay. So I think the book was fine in general. There are many characters in the book and they are scattered at different places. Due to this, we get to experience diversity of cultures, religions, people etc. This diversity acts as both plus and minus point, because although it gives us insight of one character's life, the link with the story of previous character is broken every time chapter with another character begins. And since this happens over and over, a proper flow is missing in the boo Okay. So I think the book was fine in general. There are many characters in the book and they are scattered at different places. Due to this, we get to experience diversity of cultures, religions, people etc. This diversity acts as both plus and minus point, because although it gives us insight of one character's life, the link with the story of previous character is broken every time chapter with another character begins. And since this happens over and over, a proper flow is missing in the book. This can make reading a little hard. Inspite of many characters not a single one appealed to me. I could not establish connection with any of the main or side characters. :| The writing in the book is quite good and it is evident that the author has done thorough research before writing the book, which truly deserves appreciation. Congratulations for your book and thanks for sending me a copy for review. :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Faizan

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Oliver

    Thanks to the author for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. I had read a lot of good reviews of this book which made me want to accept the review request. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is a tech fiction/thriller that is based around a dam construction site. If I have to describe this book in two words, I would choose the words DESCRIPTIVE and PROBLEMATIC. Now, obviously, everybody has the right to dislike or like a book. While many of my friends and people that I know of Thanks to the author for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. I had read a lot of good reviews of this book which made me want to accept the review request. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is a tech fiction/thriller that is based around a dam construction site. If I have to describe this book in two words, I would choose the words DESCRIPTIVE and PROBLEMATIC. Now, obviously, everybody has the right to dislike or like a book. While many of my friends and people that I know of have liked this book, I didn't quite like it to say the least. I appreciate the author's way of describing things in details and I liked how the author wanted to give depth to almost every character. While I appreciate depth in characters and character driven stories, this one was a tad bit TOO descriptive. There were too many characters and too many stories which proved difficult to remember. They had little to no relevance and it felt like a waste of my time to read about them (Indumati, Neelam, Katariina, her driver boyfriend). Some chapters were too lengthy and didn't move the plot a single bit. The plot is slow paced and the writing is very incoherent. It is patchy and doesn't flow well which makes the reader hard to keep up and understand. I found it really hard to keep reading the book. I even considered putting it down and not finishing it. I loved how the author described the natural settings in the book, be it Kerala or Mysore or Himachal or Deran. The nature and the imagery described in the book is indeed beautiful and soothing to picturize. Nanda, considering he is the protagonist, had dialogues that can be literally counted on fingers which irked me way too much. He barely even had a conversation with anyone at the site. He nodded or smiled or was shocked or traumatised. How can one go on without talking at all like that? It was very unrealistic. The whole book is not dialogue heavy but prose heavy. So, I would say, if you aren't into such books, do not pick it up. But if you love descriptions, this would prove to be a great read. I wish it had a balance between the two, though. Coming to Khusru, I didn't hate his character but I didn't love him either. He could have been written in such a better way. He had a lot of potential, in my opinion. Something that disturbed me way too much was the rape incident where Khusru does nothing (even though he admits that it disturbed him), watches as a bystander and then, after the assault, kills the rapists and then, marries the victim? And the victim's father urges Khusru to marry her? That was a very very disturbing scene. And it wasn't well written at all. And despite him talking about other Punjabi men treated kashmiri women as sex objects, all he did was the same. The book is very problematic because it is highly sexist, in my opinion. Whenever a female character pops up, she is indulged in a sex scene and is portrayed as a sex object. And the ease at which Khusru married women off in such short periods of time was cringy. He literally waits just a week to mourn his first wife and marries his dead wife's sister. Coming to Rekha, she is another character that I despised. Not just because of her poor choice in men (which was explained later) but also because she disappointed me. She was the only female in the whole book, who I thought, had some potential to be a strong female character but no. Justice was not done to her character either. There were new characters being introduced even after 80% of the book got over and the plot was still moving at snail's pace. The lives of labourers and lower class workers was beautifully written and portrayed. Nanda's life and his ancestory reminded me a bit of The Godfather by Puzo, which I liked reading about. I expected a whole range of events to take place considering the amount of suspense that was built up but what really happened didn't suffice me. Overall, I rate this book 2⭐/5.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paakhi Srivastava

    Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar chronicles the dam construction in the Himalayas, includes character portrayals and nuances of people involved in the project. In the beginning, book was sluggish with assorted characters squashed in together and story flow seemed directionless. It was very hard to get past a couple of initial chapters. The author sounded indecisive about the style of writing at that point. I actually thought that may be author had written it for the reader to explore layer by la Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar chronicles the dam construction in the Himalayas, includes character portrayals and nuances of people involved in the project. In the beginning, book was sluggish with assorted characters squashed in together and story flow seemed directionless. It was very hard to get past a couple of initial chapters. The author sounded indecisive about the style of writing at that point. I actually thought that may be author had written it for the reader to explore layer by layer and discover something interesting. The reading experience, however, was exhausting as this exploratory journey was clouded by insignificant elements. With respect to prose, throughout the book author focused and defocused his lens into multiple characters. This transition was abrupt and characters seemed all too contrived. An absence of seamless weaving of characters into the narrative was disappointing. I did not appreciate the author’s use of Indian English words throughout the book. If this was Shibhu’s attempt to make Indian readers better identify with book, it didn’t work for me, rather it left a bad taste. I read about an author before picking up his/her writing as a part of my reading ritual. This is to make sure that I understand the author before reading his work (this sounds creepy but I have fear of uncertainity!). Mr Shibu’s tone and purpose of writing is much mature than his contemporary Indian authors. The story did not push you into a love triangle veiled by an otherwise hollow plot but takes you through a ‘point of time’ that sounds embedded in real world. The deft grasp over constructional details of the powerhouse penstock and struggles of people living in remote Himalayan range was impressive. Indian politics, entrapments, sex, aggression and illegal activities were also accurately portrayed. This is Shibhu’s first publication and I presume that he has plans for many more. I look forward for reading more of his literary work in an evolved prose than this one. The book's hardcopy was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mridu aka Storypals

    I was provided with a copy of the book by the author for an honest review, however, the review is completely based on my opinions and not biased or paid for. One of the best books I have read by an Indian author, a well researched and beautifully put together, it is a treat to read about India. The novel is set in the contemporary India and weaving stories of very colorful characters with amazing back stories going back to almost 100 years from now with their ancestry and in the process shares a I was provided with a copy of the book by the author for an honest review, however, the review is completely based on my opinions and not biased or paid for. One of the best books I have read by an Indian author, a well researched and beautifully put together, it is a treat to read about India. The novel is set in the contemporary India and weaving stories of very colorful characters with amazing back stories going back to almost 100 years from now with their ancestry and in the process shares a lot about Indian history, culture, Indian sub-continent history, how people have travelled to Europe and brings out the vagaries of people, how they have lived and promiscuity is not seemingly an issue and accepted. It's about how people come together in Dhauladhar. The story is beautifully built with mystery and create that certain intrigue which keeps you at hold with the story and you want to know what happens next though the detail at times get to you and hold you but overall it's an interestingly done with useful information, one gets to know a lot about sheep herding, wool management and how things work around! a very well researched book I must say. My only wish was the book could have been a little more fast paced and a little less detailed but else it is a must read, grab onto it. :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kanwarpal Singh

    This is a technical novel and talks About the lifes of miners, what they face and how death in the hilly areas come, how the survival of the sheep and goat shepherd in hilly areas, The Author show another aspect how people cross border in those areas covered with snow, some for ideal life some for terror act. If you have read this novel you know the technicalities Author talk about in the novel, many lifes are talked about and death of a worker comes a turning point in the story, how work diffic This is a technical novel and talks About the lifes of miners, what they face and how death in the hilly areas come, how the survival of the sheep and goat shepherd in hilly areas, The Author show another aspect how people cross border in those areas covered with snow, some for ideal life some for terror act. If you have read this novel you know the technicalities Author talk about in the novel, many lifes are talked about and death of a worker comes a turning point in the story, how work difficulty is there on the hilly parts we common people won't even realise people up there feels and how difficult is to live there until the work got complete and ,how they have to go long way to medical facilities and emergency situation is worst in there cases with proper medical conditions. Nyc novel and nyc story build up and i am curious to know what happens to khusru and the explosive in that cave And did Rekha move on or stayed after her recovery from the bullet that shot her shoulder. Loved the reading experience of the book... Out of box novel breaking the chain to write a serious novel rather than a love story writer.....

  17. 4 out of 5

    Huseina

    I really liked the book.. The storyline is different from other books I have read.. It may be though that the book is based according to a different background than what I normally read.. the characters are linked quite expertly with their stories.. the chemistry very good... All in all I liked the book.. an engaging read..!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    William Joseph

    Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar was sent to me for an honest review by Kochery C Shibu.The book is easy to read.The story revolves around not only the 3 protagonists but also highlight the situations and people around them. The clear description of the daily lives of these people and their past have been nicely described .Overall i liked this book :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shine Sebastian

    'Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar'- Kochery C. Shibu. Kochery C. Shibu's first novel, 'Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar' was a very enjoyable read. The story revolves around a Hydro Electric project in the remote Himalayas, namely, AM Hydro and it's component projects, and the lives and stories of the people who are drawn into the project by fate. The story has three main characters, Nanda ; an engineer from Kerala , hiding from his past which is filled with violence and vengeance, Khusru ; a Kash 'Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar'- Kochery C. Shibu. Kochery C. Shibu's first novel, 'Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar' was a very enjoyable read. The story revolves around a Hydro Electric project in the remote Himalayas, namely, AM Hydro and it's component projects, and the lives and stories of the people who are drawn into the project by fate. The story has three main characters, Nanda ; an engineer from Kerala , hiding from his past which is filled with violence and vengeance, Khusru ; a Kashmiri young man, who has fallen into the hands of terrorists at a very young age and was forced into terrorism, but is actually a good soul trying to join his family in Deran and live a peaceful life with them , Rekha ; a passionate and charming Kathak dancer, who is a doctor by proffession, but is not willing to part with Kathak, and is also on the search for an ideal man of her dreams , but with no success. The first parts of the book was boring and a bit too hard to keep up with, because of the seemingly unstoppable flow of new characters. I lost track of which character was who, and had to re-read many pages at the beginning again to understand what's going on. But from the middle portion on, the story clicked in, from here on, the book kept me really engaged and captivated and it was very enjoyable. Overall, this book will not dissappoint anyone, who likes to know more about the various rich cultures of India, and those who likes to read stories with so much detail on the characters , cultures and what's going on. I really appreciate and admire the effort the author has put on giving us the extensive account of the lives and different cultures of people from North to South India , and the attention given to each of the three main characters, especially Khusru ( my favourite) and Nanda. I also like the use of so many vernacular language in the book which added to the enjoyability and authenticity of the story and gave it a more effective touch of realism. Also, being a Keralite, I enjoyed the very accurate portrayal of the great art of Kalari. 3.5 stars out of 5.

  20. 5 out of 5

    beingsilent

    Actual rating 4.5 This book holds a special place among the books which helps the reader to grasp the diversity of lives of many. You will feel as if you are reading a part of society that somehow was unknown to you or some kind of anthropology that focuses on particular spots of society. Simple language is used and that works like a charm, the story flows swiftly. The story revolves around not only the 3 protagonists but also highlight the situations and people around them. I personally want to c Actual rating 4.5 This book holds a special place among the books which helps the reader to grasp the diversity of lives of many. You will feel as if you are reading a part of society that somehow was unknown to you or some kind of anthropology that focuses on particular spots of society. Simple language is used and that works like a charm, the story flows swiftly. The story revolves around not only the 3 protagonists but also highlight the situations and people around them. I personally want to congratulate the author about the so vivid and colourful depiction of altogether different set of sites. This book does not craft characters but rather situations. Author is neither judgemental nor justifying the acts of his characters, he beautifully puts the situations for his reader to grasp and the flow with which their lives move on. Situations are as diversified and vivid as Indian myths. Traditional issues have been put in a rather simplistic and ground level details. In this work, a reader will be able to find the sweat of hardcore realism,; terrorism and a few instances of capitalism over communism are a few to cherish this work (though there are bigger issues to give a hint of, but to comprehend them all you must read the book). It is a beauty to watch the sabotage of labours and the manipulation of working conditions, although the book focuses on many of the important issues simultaneously. The reader will be surprised to read this type of deep and meaningful fiction from an Indian debutante author, (Kochery C Shibu sir, you deserve an applause). Reader can easily spot the magic author's experience is creating on the book (though at some parts the technical details are too much). Be prepared to grasp orderly chaos and make a mindset to imbibe the situations rather then judging the steps taken by the characters. I recommend this book to every mature reader. I have read a quote somewhere, "the best books are those which tell you about the things, you already know" (this quote applies here at certain parts). Happy reading. :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Surabhi Sharma

    The heart of this book is Dhauladhar peaks. The peak stands tall and serene in northwest of India starting from Himachal Pradesh to Kashmir watching over the people of Dhaudlahar range foot hill villages. The tranquility in the milieu of this place gives a picturesque sight until the government decided to start a hydro electric project in the remote Himalayas. The nature conspired against three people and brings them together. Nandakumar fondly called Nanda came from the lands of Maithathil Kalar The heart of this book is Dhauladhar peaks. The peak stands tall and serene in northwest of India starting from Himachal Pradesh to Kashmir watching over the people of Dhaudlahar range foot hill villages. The tranquility in the milieu of this place gives a picturesque sight until the government decided to start a hydro electric project in the remote Himalayas. The nature conspired against three people and brings them together. Nandakumar fondly called Nanda came from the lands of Maithathil Kalari (martial Art form). He is an engineer and hiding from his past; works in the hydro electric project. Khusru is a displaced and misguided youth from the hills of Kashmir, working as a labourer on the project site to blow up the dam. Rekha is a doctor by profession and grew up to be a passionate dancer. She joined a group of women trekkers for the Amarnath yatra, and unwittingly arrives at the site. Author worked on every minutest detail of the story made it surreal. Author himself is an ex-navy officer and worked on hydro electric projects post his retirement. The details and technical content of the novel clearly states he worked real hard on the story. The background look of the characters dwells a passage to the heart of the character. Men and Dreams is his debut novel and the style of his storytelling deserves applause. To say the least, if I try to wrap up the story in few words, the words echoed in my mind are astonishing, mind-boggling and prodigious. https://thereviewauthor.wordpress.com/

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rajan

    Thanks Mr Shibu to provide me the book with best wishes. The book is very absorbing. The back story of main characters from diverse background like Kerala, Punjab, Pakistan etc is given. Then they converge on a project site and story progresses. The detailing is amazing. Description of diverse characters is spot on. You feel as if you are reading a real life fictionalized account. Kudos to author for imaginative details. Use of colloquial language is done to add impact and color to the narrative. Thanks Mr Shibu to provide me the book with best wishes. The book is very absorbing. The back story of main characters from diverse background like Kerala, Punjab, Pakistan etc is given. Then they converge on a project site and story progresses. The detailing is amazing. Description of diverse characters is spot on. You feel as if you are reading a real life fictionalized account. Kudos to author for imaginative details. Use of colloquial language is done to add impact and color to the narrative. Shibu has used Hindi, Malyalam, Punjabi, some Pahari boli etc to great effect and it gives a touch of reality to proceedings. Shibu has good command over various languages it proves. One hilarious bit is reproduced below: " Kangra ki baarish aur Dilli ki chokri, koi bharosa nahi kab barse". Loosely translated to "Kangra's rain and Delhi girl, nobody knows when it will pour (blast you in case of girl). This is hilarious. ;) The story is thriller as well as philosophical. The lives of many people entwine in the Dhauladharda and fianally they reach a final truth that is: It is not to make mansions, not to sleep on the terrace, but to live in your birth place for a few days that this struggle is all about.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ri

    It’s not every day one comes across a book like Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar. I wouldn’t describe it as good, excellent, beautiful or even perfect because it was more than just all these adjectives. This book was at the perfect conjunction of real and imaginary. Author has a lot of experience in life and it reflects through various parts of the book yet he was somehow able to portray his character’s feelings towards novel situations quite brilliantly. I live in Delhi so I could testify that th It’s not every day one comes across a book like Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar. I wouldn’t describe it as good, excellent, beautiful or even perfect because it was more than just all these adjectives. This book was at the perfect conjunction of real and imaginary. Author has a lot of experience in life and it reflects through various parts of the book yet he was somehow able to portray his character’s feelings towards novel situations quite brilliantly. I live in Delhi so I could testify that the seen at ISBT was described with beautiful precision and I felt surreal cognition while reading it but I have never been to valleys of Dhauladhar yet I could imagine myself being there. I’ve never met Nanda, Khusru, Rekha or Mangu Ram, I’ve never gone through situations they had to witness yet I understood their point of views perfectly even when I didn’t agree with them. I’ve never before read a book so informative yet enjoyable (not just in terms of mystery and thrill but romance as well) but somehow this novel is a perfect blend of everything perfect. I’ve never really recommended books to anyone before but this is a book I could recommend to anyone and everyone. Mr Shibu has put in a lot of efforts in writing this novella and it shines through.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shrikanth Venne

    This book is mainly about three characters Nanda, Rekha and Khusru. But author has given main importance to the character Nanda, who is silent person and does not indulge much in the things going around. There are many such sentences where local language is used so its preferable only for Indian audience. Author has jumbled up the story introducing many characters which are for short span and the story would have moved ahead without them. The main flaw of the book is ending the character of rekh This book is mainly about three characters Nanda, Rekha and Khusru. But author has given main importance to the character Nanda, who is silent person and does not indulge much in the things going around. There are many such sentences where local language is used so its preferable only for Indian audience. Author has jumbled up the story introducing many characters which are for short span and the story would have moved ahead without them. The main flaw of the book is ending the character of rekha and khusru abruptly. At some point of time while reading it feels the book is going no where. Its based on mainly building up the dam, phases in construction of dam. I am unable to understand the motive of the author to display through this book, was it about construction of the dam or the possible attack to the dam. Characters in the book are not complete and its difficult to remember all the names as they come and go without any importance.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ram

    Ok, I got this book free for an honest opinion. I read it. The plot is good. A touch of various things that occupy our world nowadays like Islamic terror and Environment preservation. The book is set in an exotic area in the Indian Himalaya that I am sure I would like to visit and hike it. Concerning the characters and plot, I found them slightly one sided and stereotypical. This is acceptable in a large scope historical novel but in this type of story, you expect to find interesting characters tha Ok, I got this book free for an honest opinion. I read it. The plot is good. A touch of various things that occupy our world nowadays like Islamic terror and Environment preservation. The book is set in an exotic area in the Indian Himalaya that I am sure I would like to visit and hike it. Concerning the characters and plot, I found them slightly one sided and stereotypical. This is acceptable in a large scope historical novel but in this type of story, you expect to find interesting characters that you identify with or not but characters that strike you as special and specially described. The book did have some typo's and I will send them to the author in private.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ayushi Nair

    The cover is attractive enough to catch attention. The Title of the book Men and the dreams: In the Dhauldhar is thoughtful, and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination. The story of three different people who accidentally met each other in the Dhauldhar. The story revolves around three main characters Nanda, Khusru and Rekha. Nanda is an engineer from Kerala who comes to Dhauladhar for a dam construction. The cover is attractive enough to catch attention. The Title of the book Men and the dreams: In the Dhauldhar is thoughtful, and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination. The story of three different people who accidentally met each other in the Dhauldhar. The story revolves around three main characters Nanda, Khusru and Rekha. Nanda is an engineer from Kerala who comes to Dhauladhar for a dam construction. Khusru is a Kashmiri youth who is a part of a terrorist group which is planning to blow up the dam. Rekha who is a doctor cum dancer. Language of the book is lucid and written in a simple way to comprehend for any kind of reader. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it. The language is simple to follow which make it easier for the reader to connect to the characters in the stories and resonate with them. The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc. The only character that left me a bit confused was that of Khusru. The best part is that even the supporting characters are well- developed and merge smoothly into the story. The book have been portrayed in such a way, that any reader will be able to connect with the story and live the journey with them. The writer’s words has the capacity to hold the reader till the last page. Looking forward to read more book by this author. I would like to recommend this book to all avid readers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shalu Thakur Dhillon

    Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about people and their dreams, some fulfilled and some lost in the sands of time. The story revolves around the lives of three characters: Nanda, Khusru and Rekha, all three coming from different places, backgrounds with a different purpose. Three of them are part of AM hydro project. Each one of them has a past which is not very pleasant. The story is about their dreams, aspirations and the fulfillment of those dreams. Author has touched many varied subjects Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about people and their dreams, some fulfilled and some lost in the sands of time. The story revolves around the lives of three characters: Nanda, Khusru and Rekha, all three coming from different places, backgrounds with a different purpose. Three of them are part of AM hydro project. Each one of them has a past which is not very pleasant. The story is about their dreams, aspirations and the fulfillment of those dreams. Author has touched many varied subjects in this story: feudalism, terrorism, patriotism, beauty and fury of nature. Though the story is set in Outer Himalayas yet the book gives an insight about the rich and diverse culture of India. The title and cover page of book has feel of Himalayas and for an instant, I thought it to be a book about some mountaineering expeditions. The strong narration of the book is its USP. Characters are intriguing and impeccably portrayed. I, personally, like the character of Khusru, with fair share of grey shades. Language is error free and lucid. The pace is slow and too many technical details make the book dull at times. Too many words from vernacular languages, too, don't go down well. Other than that, the book is a different kind of read touching variety of cultures and human emotions. Thanks to the author and SMA reviews for this review opportunity.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adeena Syed

    The writing style got me and I’ll dare and say that the style reminded me of Khaled Husseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. The words, the language used in the book is, if I have to say in one word, professional. It is not always direct and sometimes a single sentences led me to many different meanings. The characters, their backgrounds, their habits are so beautifully described that I found myself looking forward to all their roles. The story is slow and so indirect, a The writing style got me and I’ll dare and say that the style reminded me of Khaled Husseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. The words, the language used in the book is, if I have to say in one word, professional. It is not always direct and sometimes a single sentences led me to many different meanings. The characters, their backgrounds, their habits are so beautifully described that I found myself looking forward to all their roles. The story is slow and so indirect, a bit philosophical sometimes. I really enjoyed the starting of the book where the character: nanda was a quite man with secrets from the past, then his history and as the other characters join the story, it became more and more interesting. Though the story remains slow but the detailed part made it interesting. The last 100 pages turn the book into a thriller and story becomes quite fast. I like the details of those camps the writers have mentioned and the character of khusru and his history and how he got himself in the middle of the terror. Though the story kept me into the book, the plot was not that pushing and was light. I found the ending disappointing. There was this little chaos and suddenly the books ends. All and all it was an interesting, one time read and I’d recommend this to the people who loves to read authors like Khaled Husseni and Paolo Coelho.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Basma Parkar

    I received a copy of this book for review from the author in exchange for an honest review. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is the first book written by Kochery C. Shibu. The novel showcases the extensive knowledge the author has about the life and people in the Dhauladhar region and of hydroelectric projects, which, I believe was the domain he worked in. Finishing a novel is a feat in itself and the author’s efforts are commendable. The book starts with Nanda, who according to the description o I received a copy of this book for review from the author in exchange for an honest review. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is the first book written by Kochery C. Shibu. The novel showcases the extensive knowledge the author has about the life and people in the Dhauladhar region and of hydroelectric projects, which, I believe was the domain he worked in. Finishing a novel is a feat in itself and the author’s efforts are commendable. The book starts with Nanda, who according to the description on Goodreads, is the protagonist. He is running from the law and his past is revealed in a back-story. For the rest of the book, he meets new people and looks at the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar ranges. All the new people he meets have stories which are told as back-stories. Back-stories are a good way of introducing a new character. It shows us what makes them tick and what their motivations are. I enjoyed reading some of the back-stories in this book. But then, after a while, I began to feel there were too many characters in the book and each one’s past was revealed with the story starting from three generations before they were born. While this tells of the author’s attention to detail, it became really tedious to keep a track of who is who. With so many characters, it becomes difficult to decide whom you need to sympathise with. Ultimately, you end up caring about none of them. Another grouse I have, is the seemingly lack of a plot. So many characters are introduced and each one is shown to be headed for the project in the Dhauladhar ranges. It made me think of clouds that gather before a storm and then whip the landscape with lashing rains. I expected something similar to happen with the story, only to be disappointed. I grant that the author might have meant the Dhauladhar to be a meeting point for characters with incredible pasts and indomitable spirits. Now, the characters. Honestly, there are so many that I don’t even remember all of them. I couldn’t connect with any of them and I didn’t understand why some of them behaved the way they did. The arc with Khusru and Rekha, for example, was ridiculous. Writing wise, while the book started off well, as the pages went by, the quality of grammar declined. Often, I found myself correcting sentences as I read. Also, random words are italicised. Especially, the names. It was very annoying because it kept interrupting my flow. What this book needs the most is a good, professional editor. To sum up, a good effort by the author, which could have been much better. I’d like to thank him for giving me the opportunity to read something that I ordinarily wouldn’t have.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Koushiki Chowdhury

    Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar 🏔️ . The back drop of Dhauladhar range provides the perfect ambience for the weaving of this character driven novel.The story revolves around the lives of the three primary characters - Nanda , Rekha and Khusru. It truly points out that how fate is in charge of our lives, a little change can literally makes our lives different. . The writing style is really Intriguing as there is a constant vibe of "unknown" I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that each and every character Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar 🏔️ . The back drop of Dhauladhar range provides the perfect ambience for the weaving of this character driven novel.The story revolves around the lives of the three primary characters - Nanda , Rekha and Khusru. It truly points out that how fate is in charge of our lives, a little change can literally makes our lives different. . The writing style is really Intriguing as there is a constant vibe of "unknown" I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that each and every character mentioned here has a distinct background. . For me the character development was the highlight of @authorshibu work. Truly a fantastic debut. Thank you so much for sending me the review copy. . I would also like to point out the two things -- One the use of Indian-ized words and Two, the technical descriptions. To be very honest I appreciated the book much more for these two things! I believe that we read to understand people and places... So a novel based in India should have its essence in it ! And regarding the technical descriptions... It makes us think that how much real it was for the author and thus makes our experience much better as readers.

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