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.
SanchitGupta 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.
This book looks in itself so good ! I was all over its beautiful cover for a long time. Recently got the chance to read it. A hardcover it is penned down by Author SanchitGupta and published by Niyogi Publishers. Story is based on 3 friends Safeena , Deewan , Bilal , in 1990 in Jammu & Kashmir , a thriller that talks about the life of people based in Jammu & Kashmir who though live in the heaven of India , that has the most beautiful scenic beauty in the country but inside there larks the poison of religious fanatism mingled with political and strategic tortures done on natives by even the states administrators.Blurb is Narration is made in such way you can imagine the backdrop of serious situations like a play and the tragic murders seen by their own family members ,
how muslims are always asked to join Pakistan, emergence of divide in people brought by traitors in the veil of closed ones is sad but yet reminds us ,yes people live in such situations in reality and the struggle is very hard and sad to digest that they have to fight for their basic rights and live in constant fear of loosing everything any moment .
The book is divided into chapters with thoughful lines that makes your mind dive deeper .
Title : The Tree with a Thousand Apples : A Thriller on Three Childhood Friends from Kashmir, Inspired by True Events Author : SanchitGupta
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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 SanchitGupta 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 childhood friends 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.
We have got our own Khaled Hosseini as Sanchitgupta, 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.
When you have put your heart and soul and have set sail for your dreams, you have already half way there. There are no expectations, no promises but the sheer motivation to work hard, work hard for your object of passion. In the end what matters the most is how deep are you willing to dive for your object your passion.
SanchitGupta has made his mark in the world of story telling and carving out the perfect story that will capture a part of your imagination and after you have read the last page of the book will force you to say a WOW! The tree with a thousand apples is a story about the three protagonists Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar and their journey through the ordeals of the night of 20th Jan 1990. Deewan's brother. Ravi is killed by an unknown militant group.
Being a Kashmiri pundit is a nightmare when there are militants attacking the city. Deewan and his family takes shelter in Rehman Chacha's house. The general visits his house, people are killed and bullets doesn't differentiates between a family member and a mob.
Safeena's mother is killed and Bhat's family had to flee owing to the tensions growing in Srinagar and are forced to settle in Mumbai. But life takes it toll and 20 years latter destiny brings together the three friends Bilal, Deewan and Safeena.
What happens next? Where is Safeena and her brother Bilal?
You need to read the book to find out what happens next and how the world will change for the three friends.
A gripping story line and the odd Hindi words in the book will always comfort you that an Indian writer has changed the way story is told and with such audacity that you will be in complete awe. The book never losses the momentum in describing the situations and circumstances that leads to an incident and that is what keeps you in the hunt about how the story will unfold itself.
The tree with a thousand apples by SanchitGupta . . ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ . First just look at this beautiful hardcover. . Basically, story revolves around three friend Deewan, Safeena and Bilal, they have very simple, happy and full of fun life in Kashmir. But, incident like attacks, killings and all. Book turnouts Kashmir from beautiful mountains and valleys into blood shed land. This book has story of Kashmiris and it is always difficult for other people to feel that how much they suffer. . . 🍁Very clear and simple writing style 🍁Really simple narration and strong grip that you don't even dare to put the book down. 🍁 Book is completely unbiased. 🍁 Every character is well written and get proper attention. 🍁 Also, description of Kashmir is beautiful. . . This book is worth read
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, SanchitGupta, 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!
If you could name heaven on earth, what would you choose? For Bilal, Deewan and Safeena, it was their Home, their safe heaven; Kashmir. A place where the skies looked like they’ve been constructed by a painter, where the mountains and rivers danced in their own rhythm and where trees have the gift to bore a thousand apples. Little did the three friends know that their innocent and fairytale life would be snatched away in the blink of an eye? Welcome to Kashmir, Srinagar, which is now a battleground, a place where ‘azadi’ has cost the lives of many and where peace is a distant dream.
The Tree with a Thousand Apples by SanchitGupta is a blood-curling testament about the lives of people living in war-torn Kashmir. It’s a chilling account of Bilal, Deewan and Safeena, who lose their family, turn into people they had sworn they would never turn into and who face adversity at the heart of it all.
Before the insurgency, Deewan Bhatt, Bilal Ahnagar and Safeena Malik were living a very normal life as friendly neighbors and friends. But the night of the insurgency changed everything. Deewan had to flee his home since he was a Kashmiri Pandit while Bilal and Safeena spent their lives living in terror and death. Bilal becomes a product of his circumstances and does what most youth of Kashmir did; pick up the weapon and fight for ‘Azadi’. Safeena, on the other hand, suffered terrible losses, became a nurse but eventually did the unthinkable. They meet again, after 20 years. Their lives have been turned upside down. Will they give in or will they fight for what’s rightfully theirs?
The novel is a socio-political thriller, covering the lives of the three friends as well as the transition of Kashmir from 1990-2013. It’s a coming of age story which talks not only about the political setup but also about the breaking apart of communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims, the clashing of ideologies, the broken children and the need for unity. A Tree With A Thousand Apples is a sad tale about humanity. The price children, youth and adults pay when harmony refuses to co-exist.
Throughout the novel, there is a deep sense to belong somewhere, anywhere. There’s an isolation of sorts one that runs deep down your soul and there’s nothing you can do about it. Helplessness and anger at the top of it all. It’s a cry for peace; a cry to be together. The Author has woven magic with his unique and beautiful description of Kashmir. No other writing could have done justice to the magnificence that was once Kashmir. I loved the narrative technique, the writing is simple yet enthralling and the novel overall makes for a great,fast paced read.
The novel has been written in a time where hues of cry and justice are reverberated everywhere, where anger rides a human mind and the ability to live together is lost. If there’s one novel you should read, it has to be A Tree With A Thousand Apples.
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 childhood friends 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 SanchitGupta 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 SanchitGupta 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.