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 Must Read.
An intriguing, captivating and unforgiving tale that you don't want to miss.