Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar by Kochery C. Shibu

𝓣𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮 𝓪𝓻𝓮 𝓽𝓲𝓶𝓮𝓼 𝔀𝓱𝓮𝓷 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓱𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝓽𝓸 𝓯𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝔀𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓿𝓪𝓵𝓾𝓮, 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓲𝓼 𝔀𝓱𝓪𝓽 𝓵𝓲𝓯𝓮 𝓲𝓼 𝓪𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽.


It’s no secret that I enjoy reading classics. I enjoy the detailed descriptions that help me immerse myself into the world of the characters. And this is precisely why I enjoyed Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar.

The book revolves around a hydro project in Dhauladhar. Rekha, a doctor turned dancer; Khusru, a Kashmiri boy split from his family turned terrorist turned a good man and Nanda, a victim of mob violence from Kerala, all end up as a part of the project.

I loved the ever changing point of views, it was executed beautifully. Khusru’s character arc was perfect. And Rekha was a true inspiration. The details were exquisite, the novel a joy to read. The technical aspects were accurate to the T (which is a rare feat in fiction) and the language was lucid.

I will never forgive Nanda for making me long for a ride up the Dhauladhar hills, for making me wish I was gazing at the snow covered peaks, throwing snow balls at my colleagues and not stuck up in a pandemic struck world sitting within walls of apparent safety.

I wished the book would have an epilogue, an explanation or a glimpse in the life of Rekha after the events subsided. There were a lot of questions left in my mind towards the end. I guess that’s what a good book does to you.

Verdict : 4/5

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