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September 28, 2020

Book Review: Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar by Kochery C Shibu

Product details

Paperback: 284 pages

Publisher: Niyogi Books; First edition (3 August 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9385285009

ISBN-13: 978-9385285004

Package Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm


What is this book all about?

A hydelpower project in the remote Himalayas. Three people brought together by fate. Nanda, an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love of his dear ones and the traditional kalari code of revenge. Khusru, a boy displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot threatening to blow up the dam, working as a labourer at the site. Rekha, a Kathak dancer in heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru. A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.

All throng the campsite like moths to a flame, some escape untouched, successful; some, miss a step, and perish. Each has a story to tell and a dream to realize. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about the aspirations of these people with their cares and worries woven into the site life. The fury of nature and the hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead. Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk life and limb in a quest to fulfill their dreams.

What did I like?

The language was simple and easy to understand.  The choice of words which was used and the places which were described was very nice. Short poems in the middle of the book is always a turn on for me. The characters past was explained well  and they were interconnected to each other.

What I did not like?

There were too many characters in the story where it was difficult to remember and relate everything in the story.  The technical details of the dam construction was into details which I did not understand and that was a major turn off for me. The climax was not that great and it could have been better.

(It is not to make mansions, nor to sleep on the terrace, but to live in your birthplace for a few days that this struggle is all about.)


This book is not again for the regular readers. People who understand the technical details of the dam construction and do not have anything to read from their TBR can go head and pick up this book.

Rating: 3.5/5*

PS: I received this copy from the author in exchange for the honest and unbiased review.

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