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. Mustread! 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 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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The Tree With A Thousand Apples is the story of three friends Deewan, Bilal and Saffena whose friendship blossomed amid of all the religious and political tension in Kashmir which teared apart the most beautiful state of India. 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 mustread for anyone who loves reading realistic fiction.
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 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 MustRead.
An intriguing, captivating and unforgiving tale that you don't want to miss.
Ok wow! The language of this book was so so poetic and good! The major highlight is definitely the amazing imagery because you can simply paint it in your mind’s eye!
‘A few white petals of Jasmine have found their way out amidst the bushes. Their narrow stems and delicate leaves grapple against the sputtering raindrops. The old gardener must have had an illicit affair with the flowers; their love refuses to die.' (Page 126)
In The Tree With A Thousand Apples, we follow the three friends Safeena, Bilal and Deewan as they grow up in the beautiful land of Kashmir. It is all smooth sailing until the night of 20th January 1990, when everything changes. Militants start attacking the Kashmiri Pandits, in their convoluted plans and desire for ‘Azad Kashmir’. It is an intensely poignant story of love, revenge, insurgency and the way it shapes the lives of those affected, etc. Based on true events, this book really makes you ponder on the lives of the people who have really been affected by the inhuman acts of the insurgents.
The author has been really able to bring out the essence of the Kashmiri life – with his description of the food, the culture, etc. With an awesome narration, the author has really been able to convey the feel of the book. The author has also used local Kashmiri words, which make the experience just more real. You feel as if you are living it yourself as you read it too. It was well-paced overall. The poems inscribed in between, also touch your heart.
What I did not particularly like, was the repetitive lines – it is something that I do not like in books, myself. There were also some sudden jumps around the scenes, which made it a bit difficult to grasp as a reader. The characters have also been shaped well. Their depth was explored throughout the book. The book cover is also very aesthetic and so very eye-catching!
It was a great read overall, and I rate it 4/5 stars.
"IF A CRIMINAL WAS ONCE A SAINT & A SAINT WAS ONCE A CRIMINAL, THEN WHO IS THE CRIMINAL AND WHO IS THE SAINT?"
When I read those lines on the back cover, I knew from that time, I am going to read something very exceptional. But I must say, this story gave more than my expectation. And here I go......
BLURB WITHOUT SPOILERS: The complete story is revolves around three friends in 1990 in Kashmir. For some sensitive and unavoidable circumstances ' The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will. ' after 20 years Destiny started to play again with them ! Wait here! Grab the book and read to know where the last fullstop will be ended. 'The tree with thousand apples' is a thriller with tugging excitements of mind and heart at a same time. This book consists emotion, friendship, actions and so on. Plot is unique and much fascinating. I never felt bore during reading and was hooked with pages constantly. Storylines are perfect itself.
Characters Bilal, Safeena, Dewaan are very well developed. All sub characters are defined and ploted very finely. This story talks about the life of kasmirians, how Muslims are constantly asking for joining Pakistan, how it impacts badly on regular life and so on. I must appreciate author's effort for this book how perfectly he knotted every insight with threads of fiction. Writing style is very classy and steady. All words are not easy and known but they are helpful for my vocabulary speed but have gripped by reading speed. This book is hardcoverd with beautiful royal blue. Title is thoughtful. Overall it was great time with this book.
This book is based on some real life stories and incidents happened in the most beautiful yet dreadful state of India, Kashmir. It's the story of three children named as Deewan, Bilal and Safeena and their families. The budding friendship between them grown stronger day by day irrespective of the religious differences and the growing tension prevailing in Kashmir valley. They were young souls who loved their everything about their place, until and unless one tormented night have taken away everything from them. Their innocence died along with their families.
It's a very emotional and sensitive story I have read. The main theme of the story is to show how the Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims have faced all the atrocities and how their families have been tortured and how one survived. It also showed the ugly side of Indian Army, and the merciless militants. The story contain some elements like sacrifice, friendship, unconditional love, politics, terrorism, culture and diversity, rich heritage. It's definitely a mustread for every Indians. I will highly recommend it. The cover is one of the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, along with the title it connects very well with the story.
Firstly, I must say this attractive and beautiful hardcover urged me to pick this book up and read it to know more about Kashmir.
The story picks up in 1990 and presents the tale of three innocent children Deewan,Safeena and Bilal who are shattered during an insurgent night in war-torn Kashmir. But twenty years later when their paths cross again, an innocent civilian is fighting for justice, an exiled Pandit longs for belonging, while a ruthless rebel aches for redemption.
It stands out as one of the most crafted work of fiction, yet starkly realistic is just unbelievable. In my opinion, the book goes at a steady pace and is totally focused, engaging and captivating. And this book finds a way to camouflage the socio- political commentary while delicately blend elements of romance and suspense.
The narrative cleverly makes the use of logic, emotions, patriotism and 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. It will move you to your core, if you let it.Also, the flawless mind blowing storytelling and details of 'Kashmiriyat' bring you authentic feel of Kashmir.
On the whole, it's a book highly recommended for everyone.
A book which I can re-read 100 times over and still love it. This is a story of three friends; Bilal, Safeena and Deewan. A story of their friendship, love, losses, struggle, suffering and sacrifices. A story of every Kashmiri. This book tells us how each and every Kashmiri struggled and suffered in this hunger and desire for land of Kashmir. 👉The cover is beautiful, unique and eye-catchy. And it's a Hard-cover, which adds to its beauty. 👉Language is simple and easy to understand with usage of some local Kashmiri words at places to give it that Kashmiri touch. Those words/statements are also translated into english at the bottom of that particular page. 👉Narration is very lucid and gripping. This strong narration makes everything seem so original and realistic. It doesn't feel like a work of fiction at all. 👉Plot building is done well. The beautiful description of beautiful mountains and valleys of Kashmiri will rise that urge to visit Kashmiri in you. 👉The end of this book was so the book was so touching and emotional. That moment when Bilal says" For us Deewan bhai, whatever it takes". It was so Heart-wreching.
This is a MUSTREAD book, and I would recommend it to everyone. I won't be surprised at all, if, this book is made into a movie, and I can even picture Alia Bhatt in the lead role of Safeena Malik! 🙈
The tree with a thousand apples is one of the best books I've read this year. The author has penned down a beautiful fictional story which is also based on true events. All the characters has its own depth and has been brilliantly sketched by the author.
I loved the way the author has described the beauty of Kashmir as well as the lifestyle of 'Kashmirians'. I have never been to Kashmir, but the way the place has been described in the book, I could feel I am standing right there and experiencing everything in front of me with my bare eyes. The author has used many traditional Kashmiri words along with their meanings in the form of footnotes below every page for better understanding of the terms.
The narrative style is smooth, intriguing and moves in a fast pace which makes it unputdownable. However, there were some scene transitions which made me confused at times that is, in some chapters, one scene jumps to another, making the former scene incomplete. But, the rest of the book is so beautiful, that, this small fact can as well as be overlooked. While reading the book, I went with the flow and kept on turning pages, until I finished with it. And even after finishing, I could not stop thinking about the book.
The author has penned down many poems in between chapters which is 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."
*I received a copy of this book from Vinfluencers in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.*
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 childhood friends, 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 mustread book and highly recommend this book to everyone.