The story telling is brilliant, each page you read will swirl all your emotions. It is haunting. . A very intriguing story. Loved the way the writer has woven reality with fiction to tell a powerful story in a very simple manner. Must read! 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. the basic idea you can take it from here "Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhoodfriends 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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Title : The Tree with a Thousand Apples : A Thriller on Three ChildhoodFriends from Kashmir, Inspired by True Events Author : Sanchit Gupta
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I am too inspired about those Author who write books based on true events. And this Author had done a wonderful job by bringing out story of three childhood buddies Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar. They are born in beautiful atmosphere of Srinagar, Kashmir.
The twist occurs in the year 1990, and the destiny separated three of them. But the same destiny allow them to meet after 20 years. Sounds interesting right. Yes it is, please checkout this wonderful book. The beginning of book, we can see Bhats and Maliks are friends but then Hindu Muslim issues occurrs and things turn up.
I always wondered what would be the issues between India - Pakistan regarding Kashmir. In this book Author wonderfully explains the real issues and I seriously wondered how they would have faced such issues.
What would have happened to their friendship? What would be the origin of these issues? To know more you need to read it out.
Things I love ❤️ I love the way Author has written this book. A beautiful execution of such serious issues occurred in Kashmir.
❤️ Mesmerizing way of vocabulary usage. Writing style is commentable.
❤️ I love the cover page. It's very eye catchy and the title attracted me towards the book.
The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta is one of those powerful book that blew my mind and is capable of provoking strong feelings of empathy and deep understanding in today's youth.
The story is based on true events and revolves around three childhoodfriends living in Srinagar, Kashmir — Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar. Their innocent journey of childhood adventures and mischiefs comes to an end when their lives take a bitter turn on the unfortunate night of 20th January, 1990.
Three friends, three stories, three journeys where one is forced to abandon his home, one loses a parent in the name of collateral damage and one is forced to lead a life full of hardships. Their home becomes a war zone and they are forced to grow up too soon and choose sides.
Years later, they find themselves at a stage where they've to decide between vengeance or forgiveness. The unfairness they faced, the brutal hardships they had to go through threaten to overpower their morality but in the end, it all comes down to the choices they make.
This book is a story of grief, loss, lost friendships, brutal injustice, cultural differences, vengeance and everything in between. The elements of this book compliment the plot so well. The vivid narration makes you feel all kinds of emotions at full intensity.
Though the fast pacing of the book doesn't give you much time to appreciate, even the most important events,which is probably my only complaint.
Everything about this book is near perfect and makes it a well written eye opener that everyone should read once in their lives.
Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhoodfriends 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. 💢 20 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 narrative cleverly depicts the use of logic, emotions, patriotism, revenge & deep thoughts. It's essentially more than a love story because of its brutally honest depiction of terror and national battle, yet it remains thoroughly fascinating. The flawless mind blowing storytelling and details of 'Kashmiriyat' bring you authentic feel of Kashmir. 💢 The author has penned down many poems in between chapters which are smoothing, heart-wrenching as well as alluring. The ending definitely made me sad, with Bilal's words still ringing in my ears, " For us, Deewan bhai, whatever it takes."
We have got our own Khaled Hosseini as Sanchit gupta, hats of to this excellent work. I am really happy that I have read this wonderful book, if you have not read this book about Kashmir than you have missed a good literature.
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.
Poetry, character buildup and the entire plot is the best ingredients and it’s a plus point for this book, the book has lots of interesting twists and turns which makes un-put-down-able.
This is one of the best book I have read in 2017, I highly recommend this excellent novel to those who wants to know about Kashmir, life of Kashmiri’s youth and true situation over their.
This book has its soul and heart and have all the flavours of Kashmir through out.story is full of emotions and took me to tears many times and give me goosebumps.This book is written by heart because I can't find this book biased by any means, it tells story and perspective of Kashmiri Pandit, kashmiri musalman and Army people.you can't say who is wrong or who is right. This is a story of Deewan, Bilal and safeena 3 childhoodfriends, their lives are scattered when one day Deewan has to leave Kashmir because he is pandit and people who are best of friends and neighbors are become enemies of each other.narration is the best part of this book it keeps you attached to the characters and you will feel the chilling winter of Kashmir in yourself.Language is simple and lucid.this is a must read book and highly recommend this book to everyone.
When I pick up such books, the first few thoughts which starts jumbling up in mind is the amount of cruelty and inhumanity a country can witness. The Tree with a Thousand Apples makes you feel those instances in which families were destroyed, humanity was killed and injustice was ruling. The Tree with a Thousand Apples is based on the events that led to the killing and departure of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, from their homeland Kashmir. When I started reading this book, I felt so heavy in my heart when innocent close friends Deewan, Safeena and Bilal loses their childhood and is forced to see the gruesome political life during 1990.
There is this particular term used by the author, Sanchit Gupta, again and again, ‘Kashmiriyat’ rather than Hindustani/Pakistani which I found a little unusual. What all I have heard throughout my childhood, the author has actually covered most of the events which describe the inhumanity faced by Kashmiri Pandits during that time period. You can witness the love within the community as a whole and how they try to help each other but due to certain evil people, things start going out of hand. People are killing each other for absolutely no reason, a little spark of religious and political disbelief burns down the entire paradise, as I knew Kashmir as.
Now, to talk about the writing style, do I really need to say anything? The book has been written literally in the most dignified and subtle way. The writing style is not at all intense which makes it so easy to read it. But, one needs to really take the entire story gulp down very slowly, that’s how you will actually enjoy the book. Since there aren’t many fancy words, it gets its smooth finish, which I adore. And once you start reading the book, you just can’t put it down till you reach the last page. I loved the cover image, such a thoughtful image, a simple blue background with an apple tree, that was more than enough to describe the book, leaves a little bit of suspense which is always a plus point.
I will surely, a one hundred percent recommend this book to each and every book lover, even if you are not, still you should read The Tree With a Thousand Apples. It is a spine-chilling book and most importantly, most of the instances make you feel how ruthless politics can get. A must book!
In a time when Kashmir is perhaps the highlight of every news channel or discussions happening at college canteens, office premises or even while chatting with friends and families, this novel “The Tree with a Thousand Apples” seems very relevant and close to life. Lately, a number of books are being published with the central theme revolving around Kashmir; but this one perhaps has gained the maximum attention by readers and reviewers.
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 childhoodfriends 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. It was pathetic to see someone praying for their house to get destroyed, just for the sake of survival.
The book blurb questions, “If a criminal was once a saint and a saint was once a criminal, then who is the criminal and who is the saint?” What do you think? Now, this is a tough question to answer? Is it about the perspective or the situation? Is it about the challenges or the changes? How does this change happen? Well, these are some of the questions to ponder and to know the answers, you will have to read the book.
The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a brilliantly written novel that weaves the world of Kashmir beautifully. The author has poured the emotions of Kashmir in this book. The helplessness of its innocent people who are gullible and whose lives have been devastated due to the unrest in the valley have been beautifully described in it. The three protagonists and their stories showcase the miserable condition of the people who want the world to listen to them, understand them and help them. This book is a great piece of work which gives an insight of the Kashmir issue, the condition of its people.
The cover of the book is simply amazing and draws the attention at the very first glance. The binding and quality of the book is also superb. And what about the title? The moment I read the title, I was desperate to read the book. Need I say more?
The plot is fresh and full of twists and turns. The character building is brilliant and the narration style is simple and captivating. This is a book that will stay with you for a long period of time. Very different from the run of the mill mushy romance books that are available abundantly nowadays. Highly recommended to readers who want to read a good book. The book is a sincere attempt by the author Sanchit Gupta to capture the heart and soul of the Kashmir valley, the people living in Kashmir and the historic struggle going on there since the partition of India.
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. You start empathizing with the characters and root for them to emerge victorious in the end. When I finished reading "The Tree with a thousand apples", I sat like a statue for about fifteen minutes, lost in thoughts. My mood was sombre as I thought about Bilal, Safeena and Deewan. It took me an hour to collect myself and write this review.
The strongest love and friendship is the one that sacrifices with a peaceful smile. This book is a heart-wrenching and beautiful tale of friendship amidst a battlefield called Kashmir. Deewan, Safeena and Bilal are childhoodfriends, living in the beautiful city of Srinagar. They love each other so much that they won't even think twice before taking the blame for someone else's mistake. They can bear anything to save each other. As Bilal says "For us, Deewan Bhai, whatever it takes."
The author has painted Kashmir beautifully in the book by mentioning about Kashmiri culture and Kashmiri cuisine. He has shown how the paradise turned into a battlefield suddenly, robbing the innocence of three kids and putting their friendship to test. The apple tree in the backyard of Deewan's house stands as a metaphor of their friendship.
The narration of the book is mostly fast-paced. Only at few places, I found the pace dropping a little. There are a few typos in the book, but they can be overlooked because of the gripping plot. All the characters are beautifully sketched. The characters have a lot of depth and intensity. The ending is something that will stay with the readers after closing the book. Full points to the author for the heartwrenching ending!
I will go with 4.5 and would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read. You won't be disappointed for sure!
What does it feel like to live in paradise? Would you like to visit the place known to be Heaven on Earth ?
Kashmir is a beautiful place with its gorgeous vallies and serene atmosphere.We people only know the beautiful side of Kashmir but only the Kashmiris know the struggle of living in constant fear and threat in their hometown. Everyday there are new issues to deal with. There is no end to the atrocities in Kashmir.
" For those who stand by truth, fear not the pall of death. For those who believe in justice, fear not the curse of fate." " The Tree With A Thousand Apples " is a hypnotic and enthralling tale about three childhoodfriends - Deewan Bhatt, Bilal Ahanagar and Safeena Malik. Based on true events, it follows the journey of these three friends and their families. All was going well until one day, when a tragedy hits them hard. Their lives turn upside down. Deewan being a Kashmiri Pandit had to flee with his family to Jammu in order to be safe. Safeena loses her family members and finds herself trapped amongst the powerful. Bilal, after seeing his close ones dead he moves on to the path of becoming a terrorist from where there is no turning back. They three get separated and starts living their own life with their share of struggles and fear. After 20 years of separation, they all meet and what follows is a heart wrenching tale which will shock you inside out. It perfectly depicts the struggles of the common Kashmiri people, the confused loyalties between the good and bad.
The writing, narration and pace of this book is flawless. It is of just the right length for the story to be told. The authors writing style is simple, yet very gripping. I liked how he described the lifestyle and culture of Kashmir. It was like he took us there. The book was unputdownable and was gripping from the very first page of the book. I totally recommend this book to each and every one.