It is a beautiful mix of fiction with political events in Sikkim at a juncture when last ruling Chogyal facing people’s rebellion lost his kingdom to democracy. The narrative submerges the reader with compassion for Chogyal who lacked political acumen. The fictional part traverses through the troubled period reconstructing blow by blow political incidents preceding Sikkim’s merger. The canvas is huge spreading over Mukti-Bahini to Naxalites in Bengal, to Punjab and MP woven neatly within the story. The language is simple but powerful allowing fast and engrossing reading. Descriptions are griping and difficult to quit. Though a slow reader, I finished the book in just two sittings. Full marks to the authors for carving out a memorable story ornate with precise geographical beauty, cultural richness and simplicity of people in Sikkim.
For Amazon.--- Set in the Heart of Mystics of North Eastern Hinterland, the book "OF THINGS LOST AND NEVER FOUND" tells the Transition of a Peaceful Kingdom into a State, well camouflaged in the backdrop of a Love Story. It's a fast paced and intriguing. Striking a balance between fiction and reality, the book ensures that you don't keep the book till finished. It's a must read book and therefore ought to find a place in personal collection."
I usually pick up non-fictions, but this book defies all expectations. It works like a fiction but carries the spirit of non-fiction. There's information, humour, action... And yet it is not a formula book. The authors have a unique story to tell, a different picture to show and that is what ultimately works. This is a genre-defying book that sets its own path and that it what I like about it. After all what is creativity if it's not the ability to break out of set norms. Books too, have become like any other product today. The publisher decides what will sell and the writer churns it out. But where's the fun in that? This book is a must read because it challenges you as a reader, shows you things that you did not expect and takes you places you wouldn't easily dream of. Read it for thrill, read it for curiosity, read it for a giggle and read it because it is unlike anything you've read!
Interesting book, lucid narrations and what-next curiosity kept me glued to pages from beginning to the end. It is a two-in-one combination of forgotten historical events prior to merger of Sikkim in India presented through a ground zero witness Soren who gets involved with a local girl belonging to a family of the Chogyal supporters. In the bargain, the reader is exposed to the grass-root level political upheaval which had cornered the ruling Chogyal. Geographic details and local culture cover in the book are captivating and authentic. In sum total the reader carries an impact even after finishing the book.
The book has been very well written and the characters are so alive , the cultural aspect of Sikkim has been beautifully mentioned. Facts and fiction have been intricately woven.The character of Soren is so realistic as it reflects the way a normal person would react under the circumstances prevailing. Overall a very good and captivating narration.
Of Things Lost And Never Found promises to be your ticket to the hills and history of Sikkim. Woven in the pages is a riveting story of love, loss and solace. The plot of the book finds an echo in the turbulent history of Sikkim that will rip open your heart but also find you the balm to heal. A better way of discovering Sikkim is yet to be found.
This is the type of book that you want to read in a go. The first two chapters build up the story and then you simply don't want to put it down. The characters stay with you long after you've read the book. Chogyal - a king who's on the verge of losing everything; Soren - a man who wants to do good but doesn't know how; Sita - a wife who has learnt to live life on her own terms; and Digsa - a woman in love with a shadow. There are several others who make a quick appearance and fade away but you remember parts of them long after. There's Col Joe Jacob, for instance, who has his own ideas about bravery. Or Doctor Raman, for that matter - a small-town boy who discovers love in Sikkim.
This book paints a brilliant picture of the hill state. You can almost see Gangtok, its markets, streets, people and hills. You'll end up wanting to visit the state once you've read the book. Highly recommended!
I hardly read fiction but a friend suggested this book. I read it on kindle and the book was very engaging. I liked it mostly because of the honest depiction of political correctness on Sikkim history. The book reflects the eye witness account on events around Sikkim merger into mainland India. The authors have beautifully told a story about a spectacular history, interweaving the events of the life of Soren intercalated with his bond to Digsa into the rich Sikkim tapestry spanning three decades. The characters, their choices and its consequences are very believable. But the stand out is Sikkim itself which in most parts appears as a character in itself who brings everyone together, puts the pieces of puzzles on place and echoes in the mind of the reader long after you read the last page of the book. It compels the reader to search and read more about Sikkim and its history over the internet.
The semi-historical work is woven around the incidents leading to the merger of Sikkim in the Indian Union. It is the story of an armed forces` officer deployed in Sikkim who has a self-willed wife back home, unprepared to adjust either with the husband or his family. This deprivation of affection in his marital life pushes him in the arms of a local lass. Constrained by the Country`s laws and his hesitation to go for divorce due to the fear of social frowns, he is unable to marry her and has to leave her alone on his posting out of Sikkim. But his heart stays there. Years later, he learns that his love is dying on a hospital bed. He rushes there to comfort her in the departure lounge of her life. His wife, by now comes to know about his affair and deserts him formally. The dying lady had given birth to a girl child in his absence and kept the fact that she was the daughter of the officer a closely guarded secret. While closing her eyes on the world she lets out the secret to her lover as well as her daughter. Her daughter refuses to own him out of the disgust that he had left her mother to her fate. Left high and dry in life he lands for a while in a monastery, but soon realises that it was not the right way for his salvation. There was, in fact, no bravery involved in looking sullen towards life. He, as a soldier, had to soldier on with life. This is the fiction part of the novel. The real purpose of the author seems to be to give us a glimpse of the events culminating in the assimilation of the India`s protectorate in the mainstream The tiny state had lately become a theatre of intrigues both by the external as well the internal elements. The title of the book suggests that the author feels sad over the fate of the Chogyal (the ruler of Sikkim) who, indeed, was a very likable personality. One does feel sorry for him, but absolute monarchies are out of tune with the present day ethos in the world. There is, therefore no need to find the lost monarchy. The state has since moved on and even China has recognised its merger with India. A touching story of soulful love, nonetheless and deft analysis of the historical events involving Sikkim. A five star effort, indeed.