Book Review

Book Review: Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar by Kochery C Shibu

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.


Cover: 4/5
Title: 4/5
Blurb: 4.5/5
Presentation: 4.5/5
Plot: 4.5/5

Final Rating: 4.5/5

There are some books which are written with utmost sincerity and passion, which I felt during my journey with the story.
This Novel has a very beautiful cover that seems related with nature and roots, urging me to read it.
I found the story very rooted and refreshing.
The plot kept me hooked till I completed the novel.
I kept wondering how this story will end, I was expecting something more from the climax.
Author has done a very good job with the Characters, and the details but at some places, I felt author had tried to give more than required details.
This is the story about how destiny brings 3 very different people with different backgrounds, Nanda, Kusru and Rekha together because of an Hydro-electric Powerplant.

An amazing attempt by the author for his debut for his Beautiful Story.
Looking forward to read more of the future works of Shibu.

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