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 writingstyle 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.
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 writingstyle 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.
"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. Writingstyle 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.
Title : The Tree with a Thousand Apples : A Thriller on Three Childhood Friends from Kashmir, Inspired by True Events Author : Sanchit Gupta
QOTD : Mention one of your favorite read in 2019
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. Writingstyle is commentable.
❤️ I love the cover page. It's very eye catchy and the title attracted me towards the book.
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 writingstyle 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.
The tree with a thousand apples by Sanchit Gupta . . ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ . 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 writingstyle 🍁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, 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 writingstyle, do I really need to say anything? The book has been written literally in the most dignified and subtle way. The writingstyle 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!
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 childhood friends - 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 writingstyle 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.
Setup in the beautiful Valleys of Kashmir,* The tree with a thousand apples* is a story about three childhood friends Safeena , Deewan and Bilal. Their dreams as well as their lives are shattered one day when a tragedy happens. They three get separated. Deewan being a Pandit, has to leave his house in order to safeguard him and his family from the insurgency. Bilal pledges to move on the path of becoming a terrorist so as to take revenge from the army who tortured his sister to death. Safeena who loses everyone in the war finds herself being trapped amongst the powerful.
While living their lives with their own share of fear and struggles, destiny brings them together once again. Lying in front of them, are the two paths- one leading towards crime & the other towards sainthood. It perfectly depicts the struggles of the common Kashmiri people, the confused loyalties between the good and bad.
The novel has a beautiful story & a fast paced plot. It keeps us engaged from the very first page to the last one. A brilliant story created from true events which will shock you inside out. The author's writingstyle is simple, yet very gripping. I totally recommend this book to each and every one.
The book is written on the basis of true events with a wonderful style of writing. The Author beautifully portrayed a culture of Kashmir with a wonderful story on lives of Bilal, Safeena and Diwan. The bond of friendship, childhood and so many things that touched my heart. how the author described various issues faced by Kashmiris, army, and all other people there is in a crip and interesting way makes a story more impressive. Use of simple language, in proper sync and plotting it correctly adds more value to the book. No matter from which religion you are, Friendship has its own charm above all. How the three of them were from different religions though shared a strong bond with so much understanding amongst them, the innocence of Kashmiri people, How the heaven of the earth as we call Kashmir face lots and lots of problem each day.
Author has taken a great effort to let us know what truly Kashmir is and how Kashmiris there goes through with various situations for a living. The writingstyle of the author is simple, interesting and it keeps us engaged throughout. From start to end, we just wonder how people there in Kashmir go through so much.This book is a great piece of work which gives an insight of the Kashmir issue, the condition of its people.
This Book is must read for each and everyone to know what freedom actually means.Full of suspense, love, friendship, and emotions. The best read with some real tragedies.