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Despite Stolen Dreams Paperback – 20 Jul 2017
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Born in Shimla in 1955, Anita Krishan spent twenty-two years of her early life in this pristine Himalayan town, completing her education in 1976 with a Master’s degree in English Literature from Himachal University. Enriching the lives of countless youngsters as an English teacher, Anita has written and directed plays, penned down novels, stories, and poems. She has also spearheaded many initiatives that sensitise the youth to the urgent need to care for and nurture their social and physical environment. Her endeavour to affect a shift in human outlook with her unique perspective towards storytelling is ostensible in her writings. Anita is also a senior columnist with the Indian Economist. She has extensively travelled through the world, observing and absorbing the multiplicity of human ethos and cultures everywhere. At present, she lives in Delhi, NCR, with her family.
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A tale narrated simply and with sensitivity of terrorists and friendship, fear and hope, tears and laughter .
The friendship of two unlikely characters Wali and Kashmira Singh is beautifully depicted . Through them the writer has shown that inspite of personal loss how to instil hope and spread joy in your environment.
The author has also craftily woven the story to write about various social issues which are a bane of our society today.
In the later half she has skillfully brought back the story of Shakeel and the terrorists to a climax.
Though the ending is happy , the confrontation of the terrorists and the Wali family keeps you wound up and in suspense.
I highly recommend this well written novel.
Kudos to the Author.
"I am not a terrorist, I am a victim. I lost my livelihood and my home, but here in this big city, am I to lose my dignity too?" Wali Khan in Despite Stolen Dreams. The story begins on sad tragic notes in the life of unlikely neighbors, Delhi immigrants. Uncanny detailed stories of real or fake encounters between militants and the army in trouble states of India and the sufferings of common innocent people highlights the bizarre circumstances that were not their own making. The plight of the common man is candidly revealed. Despite Stolen Dreams by Anita Krishan beautifully bares all: Delhi as a convergence of divergent cultures from various corners of India and narrates simply delightful nuances of mundane true lifestyles of Delhi's typical households. A must read book for people who wishes to understand or even already understands Indian socio-culture and Delhi in particular. There's something for everyone in these simple but vivid narratives of India's hinterland Kashmir and Delhi's quotidian, yet eventful, lifestyles including romance.
The book beautifully narrates the loss of innocence and happiness due to unavoidable circumstances in the lives of its diverse actors and how they negotiate and find, once more, goodness lost in humanity. Finding goodness in others and oneself is highlighted to be key in keeping goodness in ourselves and humanity at large, especially when the values and principles you believe in seems to evanesce. Truly compelling narrative and characters! The novelty of the book is finding goodness in others: neighbors, friends, relatives, and oneself in the journey of life and redefining the meaning of life itself in a troubled world. The book illustrates in varying circumstances how the actors lose and find forgone treasures of life, happiness, despite losing everything, in their most mundane and quotidian daily life and more. At a socio-political level, while this book may not explicitly talk about "unity in diversity", the narratives and story is a testimony to that same value and principles.
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For all us reading about terror strikes through media, everyday, has made us immune to these happenings, we take it as ' misfortune ' of those who suffered. This book brings forward, how common person, wanting to live a simple life, like all of us suffers, becomes victim of this mindless violence.
Terrorism is not just a happening to be told and retold in the media, it is a growing malice that is eating into psyche of each one of us and nations.
DESPITE STOLEN DREAMS IS A VIVID PORTRAYAL OF SUCH A STRUGGLE.
The book is especially relevant in today’s times as humanity succumbs to common prejudices only to distance itself from its own self.
A highly recommended piece of writing!
Anita Krishnan, Congratulations to you for your exceptional achievement.
Simple language,yet captivating episodes.
It reveals your wonderful art of writing, in-depth knowledge which has been expressed through the description of the treatment for burns or even terrorist planning.
Beautiful depiction of thinking and psychology of each character.
The story quietly transports the reader to the places like the snowclad mountain terrains, bylanes of the walled city, , inside the wards of hospitals .
Equally appreciable is the description of hospitality and dilemma of the Kashmiri families, character of the Sikh brave heart, the true picture of Delhi localities .