Men and Dreams: In the Dhauladhar by Kochery C. Shibu



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



The cover of the book is picture of the place itself Dhauladhar which is situated near himalayas. Cover of the book looks simple and relatable as per the title. The title gives you the feel of knowing more about the people in that region. The book revolves around 3 people- Nandu, Rekha, Khusru which have been brought together to finish off the work of creating a hydelpower project. Had heard alot about this book, so I decided to give it a read as well. The book is a bit of a long read but with great description of each event that takes place along the story. The book will remind you of your hometown for sure. The language is easy to understand but consists of hinglish and malyali words throughout the book. The pace of the book is medium. If you are looking for a different kind of a story you should definitely read this book. You will get to learn a little more about the culture and art as well. There are a lot of characters in the book which makes you read the book a bit slow or you might get confusedd. Beautiful imagery has been created by the author. The book will also teach you more about situations and thoughts one goes through.

overall- 4/5


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