- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Niyogi Books; First edition (3 August 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9385285009
- ISBN-13: 978-9385285004
- Package Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 376 customer reviews
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Kochery C. Shibu is a retired naval officer. A graduate from the National Defence Academy he has held several important posts in the Indian Navy. Post his retirement he has executed hydroelectric projects in the Cauvery river basin in Karnataka, Beas river basin in Himachal and lately Teesta river basin in Sikkim. He holds a postgraduate degree in Defence Studies from Chennai University, and MA in English Literature from Pune University. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is his debut novel. The technical content of the novel, namely the setting up of a hydro-project is drawn from his experience in these projects since 2005, as are many of the characters inspired from those whom he encountered at the project site. Kochery C. Shibu was born in Kochi and now lives in Bangalore with his wife and daughter.
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It all starts with the commencement of a hydro- electric project in the remote Himalayas.
From the aroma of love to the unembellished face of nature, the author has portrayed it all in a unapologetical manner.
The narration in the second half of the book is spectacular. The characters completely dwell in their own perfect existence carefully crafted to be homogeneous with the flow of the story.
It’s not a normal read, but it’s worth the time.
Beautiful and heart breaking stories thank you so much @menanddreamsinthedhauladhar
."Kangra ki baarish aur Dilli ki chokri, koi bharosa nahin kab barasen".
Men and dreams in the Dhauladhar is a story of 3 people who accidentally met each other in Dhauladhar range near the Himalayas, when a hydro electric project had passed and a dam was built.
The story revolves around the three characters Nanda, Khusru and Rekha. .
Nanda- Nanda’s Kalari background is quite interesting, though he is not particularly an engaging character. Khusru is the more interesting one with shades of grey and being a hero at times and a villain at other times. His behavior is abrupt, particularly his choice of actions and the numerous women in his life. He is a difficult character to understand and relate to.
Khusru - khusru is sent away from his parents to live with his uncle. When his uncle dies, he is taken into a training camp by a terrorist group. He lives a nomadic life doing the terrorists bidding. He joins as a labourer at the campsite.
Rekha - Rekha, a doctor, wants to be a professional dancer. She keeps delaying her marriage with a doctor, which was fixed by her grandmother. She believes in true love and waits for the perfect man until she meets Khusru.
The novel has many themes in its womb such as love, pain, abject poverty, misery, terrorism and above everything, dreams.
If you are looking for a different premise in contemporary fiction, this is the one to pick up.
Nanda (an engineer) Kusru(young boy on mission) and Rekha( a dancer and doctor) are main characters. These three have a secret past and all of them were hiding it, from everyone. Their life change when Hydro-electric project commence in Dhauldhar.
This book is written after, good amount of reaserch, readers will know every single details about three leading characters.
I praise author for putting light on various hideous topic, which are never been "topic to discuss".
Like life of Mohajiris, and Kashmiris, how partition affected their life, and how they survive on this land with a hope that their good time will be back and it will change for their betterment. We always hear one side story of Indo-Pak border tension, author revealed the story of other side. Read this book to learn all problems of ill-fated poor people.
Topic of displacement have never been the front page topic, in India where every year thousands of people have to sell their land in fist of amount for development.
Being an Indian I always find terrorism a National threat, and I will to get rid of it completely.
This book explains how planning and plotting of terriorist never ends.
Life goes on even in rigid situation, this book says lot about this statement.
Story carries you to different places very quickly, chapters title will help readers to find out who's the next character.
I am curious to read more books by author.
Cover and title is perfect for the story. I recommend this to readers who love exploring different aspects of life. If you're searching something pure and genuine, this it my friend you must read this book.