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.
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. 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 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.
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. 💢 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."
Let me first applaud for Misha Oberoi for the cover design. Really gorgeous and fascinating. After I understood why the book is named "The Tree with a thousand apples" I was really struck by awe.
It is inspired by a true event and whenever any author re tells the story the most difficult part which I think is to preserve the reality and not only preserve it but also convey the same feel to reader.
The strong emotions of Poverty, hardship and sufferings are heart breaking . The story is very smooth regardless of the tumultuous events and plots.
The story based on Kashmir and truly Heart Breaking. I always seek for books which provide something new to reader. The story is conveyed with the exact possibilities to see and understand the ongoing.
The story telling is nice, but the story is what that makes the book feel really worthy. The riveting and powerful concept holds you and urges to read it back again.
To be exact it was like standing there and looking through the window, into the lives, into the emotions. The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement.
This book and story stands along with several stories on culture and the turmoil of revenge. But outshines because of the power it holds.
The subtle reality, no exaggeration to develop immense emotions make story feel more real. Though it is based on real event we cannot forget that it is a work of fiction.
And for the clarity in narration which brings the real joy in reading is something used as a lever to propel the fiction into reality.
Undoubtedly best of it's kind. Read the blurb/sample and do check this one out.
This is a story of three friends- Bilal, Sameena and Deewan. They reside in Kashmir and when the Kashmiri Hindus were asked to flee, Deewan gets separated from his friends. However they meet again after a couple of years. But they need to make a decision on whether they will choose friendship or vengeance.
The writing is good and fast paced. And story was gripping, keeping me astonished with it's events till the end.
This is an intense book which shows the hard realities of what people face in Kashmir.
What makes it more interesting is that it's based on true events.
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 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
"The Tree With A Thousand Apples" is based on true events and described Kashmir in such a lush way; as it should be described. The agitation in Kashmir which has been following since ages is no secret, everyone is aware of the endless problems and sufferings of the Kashmiri people. This book shows the contrast between the lives of three friends before and after the breakout of the agitation in Kashmir.
Calling this book a story would be an understatement. It’s no story. It’s the reality which has been contrived by layers of friendship, love and revenge and presented as a fiction. The narration is very smooth and the language used is simple but effective.
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 Sanchit Gupta 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 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.