Book- Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar
Author- Kochery C. Shibu
Publisher – Niyogi Books
Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is the story of Nanda, an engineer from Kerela, Rekha, a Kathak dancer, and Khusru, a puppet in the major plot to blow up the dam – three different individuals with different backgrounds brought together in Dhauladhar by fate but the story is more than these people.
It is about how mankind plays with nature and how the villagers have to bear the fury of it. It is about how rich people exploit the poor labors. It is about the tension on Indo-Pak border which affects the lives of people and how innocent kids fall into the trap of the terrorist organizations. It is a book about grief, hardships, revenge, following dreams, finding love, quest for one’s home and a desire to settle down.
” It is not to make mansions, not to sleep on the terrace, but to live in your birthplace for a few days that this struggle is all about.”
Apart from the portion of details of dam construction ( which makes up the major part of the book), the writing is very simple and serene. The ending is rushed and I am little disappointed with the finale of Rekha’s story. Firstly, it is very similar to a Bollywood movie and secondly, the author hasn’t shown what happens next. I think, we as readers, deserve to know it!
Even with the predictable ending, there’s something about this book. You just remain glued to it!
Stars – ⭐⭐⭐🌠
‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’