- Hardcover: 284 pages
- Publisher: Niyogi Books; First edition (15 November 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9385285513
- ISBN-13: 978-9385285516
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.4 x 22.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tree with a Thousand Apples: A Thriller on Three Childhood Friends from Kashmir, Inspired by True Events Hardcover – 15 Nov 2016
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About the Author
Born and brought up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, Sanchit Gupta began his career as a part-time copywriter with an advertising agency in Mumbai. He went on to co-found his own theatre group, worked as a freelance film screenwriter and as executive producer–fiction for a leading television network. His short stories have been published in several esteemed publications and literary journals and have won acclaim in leading literary festivals and online forums. One of his film scripts (fiction) has been long-listed in a globally reputed screenwriters’ lab. He has worked with All India Radio as a talk show host and regularly features in poetry recitals at Prithvi Café, Mumbai. This is his debut novel.
Apart from being a writer, he is a brand management professional with a wide range of brand building and communication development experience across FMCG, automobile and media industries. His works explore his fascination for global cultures, societal structures, vagaries of the world and the human mind. He welcomes interaction @sanchit421. Find out more about the author and his work at www.sanchitgupta.in.
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It is a coming of age novel which depicts through the story of these three friends and their families the brutality unleashed by the militants and military army on the innocent Kashmiri civilian.
Based on some real incidents, the book tells a powerful story which is written in the most intriguing and gripping manner. The author's visualistic writing style will make readers imagine the events happening in front of their eyes. It was shuddering and many a times I read the book by holding my breath at the anticipation of unfolding events.
Depicting the plight of both Kashmiri Pandits and innocent Kashmiri Muslims this novel is a must read for anyone who loves reading realistic fiction.
Kashmir is a sensitive issue right from independence of 1947; whenever Kashmir is said the first thing that came to our mind is mountains, valleys, beautiful landscapes, heaven of India and terrorist. Recently I have read an article on how Lord Mountbatten with her wife Edwina Mountbatten changed the decision and life of Kashmir’s by forcing Nehru to decide the fate under UN Security Council.
Now about his book, this is a story of three close friends Deewan Bhat, Bilal and Safeena, how their life changes after 1990 riots in Kashmir. The journey from childhood to the adolescent of three friends and how Kashmir conflicts affect their life is portrayed by the author, I don’t want to reveal the plot, the blurb itself says much.
The writing style of author is too lucrative; he has conveyed the message in very simple way, also the life and culture of Kashmiri Muslims and Pundits is perfectly articulated by the author. In the book author has highlighted many such events where it show that army is misusing their power, which is a message to the government. The book has everything in it love, redemption, pain, revenge, loyalty of friends, etc.
Nice sentence from the back cover of the book “If a criminal was once a saint and a saint was once a criminal, then who is the criminal and who is the saint?” I liked the entire episode when Ravi was gambling with his friend and got three aces but losses his life against terrorist in a bomb blast.Read more ›
It tells you about the situation in Kashmir from the perspectives of those who've lived it, who've seen seen and felt the chaos, and also from the eyes of those who know of it and have their own take. A wide spectrum of beliefs and behavior, shaped by the characters' own tumultuous experiences; wrapped in with a beautiful backdrop of friendship and trust, and the serene beauty of the valley, brought to life by the author's words, complementing it all. A writing so interesting, you won't put it down until you've had your fill.
Trust me, if you don't get hooked and don't feel a chill running down your spine ever so often, you're just not reading it right.
The story of The Tree With a Thousand Apples revolves around three friends Bilal, Safeena and Deewan, whose paths cross twenty years after they witnessed the ‘Paradise on Earth’ shatter before their eyes. The lives of these three childhood friends suddenly changed on the night of 20 January 1990. How their lives take dramatic turns and what happens when their paths cross again after 20 long years? Well to know this you will have to read this book which I am sure will intrigue you with its language, narration and the story.
The author Sanchit Gupta has treated the subject very sensitively and has successfully explored the loss that humanity is facing in Kashmir due to the unwarranted violence and terrorism.
This book is written so beautifully that it evoked so many emotions within me. When I was reading it, so many incidences started flashing in front of my eyes. The beautiful locales of Kashmir (we had visited in 2014), one of our Kashmiri family friends and stuff like that.
One of my ex-colleagues is a Kashmiri Pandit who had to flee from her native place along with her parents. She took a job in Delhi where I happened to meet her. I still remember (this happened sometime in the late 90s) how she prayed every day that their house gets burnt so that they can claim the compensation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a brilliantly written story by Sanchit Gupta. From the start to end, the story ensures a tight grip on you. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Sheetalm8
The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a book about Kashmir, but it could easily be a story about any other place. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Suman Kumar Dubey
There are some books that drown you so deep within them that you feel you can see the characters in front of you. You feel you are a part of their life. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Purba
It won't be an exaggeration if I say this is the best book on Kashmir that I've read.
Reading about the people of Kashmir, what chaos they go through and how haunting it... Read more
The tree with a thousand apples is one of those rare books that leaves an impact on the reader. Sanchit Gupta, author of this book, has tried to depict the lives of Kashmiri people... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Hem Sadan
Sanchit Gupta is very adept in his story telling. The writing is crisp, and there are many wonderful nuances to the story as well. It never felt like a cumbersome read. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jayasree B
When you have put your heart and soul and have set sail for your dreams, you have already half way there. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kishan Chand Swain
The Tree With A Thousand Apples is a poignant, heartbreaking story of three childhood friends - Deewan Bhat, Safeena Malik and Bilal Ahanagar, living in Kashmir - their families so... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tarang
Noted Historian and Travel Writer, Jan, Morris said of Kashmir: Kashmir has always been more than a mere place. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ashima Jain