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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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“A story of fierce cruelty yet fiercely redeeming love and friendship” -The Dialogue
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“The book is a reflection of our times and a story told with feeling. It raises a question who is the real victim? The answer is not easy. May be everybody is” – Free Press Journal
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.
I loved the 'who is a criminal and who is a saint' line on the back of the book. A moving story which could change your life. This is a work of fiction which is beautifully woven using many threads of both harsh and loving reality. The way it uses the innocence of children and their journey over 20 years to convey the message is beautiful. This book tells the importance of the friendship and if friendship remains above anything there will bw no war.
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"Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all.
While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will.
Twenty years later destiny brings them to a crossroads again, when they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. While both compassion and injustice have the power to transform lives, will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints?The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement. The stylized layered format, fast-paced narration and suspenseful storytelling makes for a powerful, gripping read."
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Reading about the people of Kashmir, what chaos they go through and how haunting it can become was an eye-opener. Books like The Tree With a Thousand Apples should turn into movies.
The novel unfolds itself with three young children, Deewan, Bilal and Safeena. Even being from different religions, their friendship knows no bounds. Between the turmoils of politics and insurgencies, where does the fate of all three of them moves is shattering to watch.
Sanchit Gupta has excellently portrayed the lives of Kashmir people. His writing style appeals to engage you from the beginning to the end. Fast paced action and poignancy in this heartfelt storyline evokes insightful and evocative emotions.
You can't differentiate between reality and fiction when the author vividly recounts a story fabricated with friendship, love, trust, family importance and thunderous experiences of the characters.
You start questioning everyone, everything. The difficult part is you can't decide who is the criminal and who is the sufferer. The sand castle of your self-esteem comes crashing down once you feel engrossed with the narration.
Moving characters, heart-melting narration and magnificent plot made me declare this one as a Must Read.
An intriguing, captivating and unforgiving tale that you don't want to miss.
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