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Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar [Kindle Edition]

Kochery C Shibu
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Book Description

In a project site in the remote Himalayas where superstitions and religious beliefs are as important as the engineering Nanda, Khusru and Rekha come together through a series of twists and turns in their lives. The dreams and aspirations of people come alive as the story progresses. Each has a story to tell and a dream to realize. The fury of nature and the hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead. Even Nanda who has seen death from close quarters and is hiding from the law is taken aback by the callous attitude towards life. He is the silent man of the project, the one who never talks. Intrigue and real life get mixed with the sudden appearance of Rekha, the lady doctor, at the camp site. Rekha’s quest for a man whom she can love and worship takes her on an unforeseen journey from where she has to choreograph her way out. The handsome Kashmiri youth Khusru is envied by all at the site. Little do they know that the ghosts of Khusru’s past are plotting to turn his world upside down. Nanda is torn between his love for his dear ones and his kalari code of revenge. He looks to the Dhauladhar ranges for answers to come to terms with his personal loss and a little more dignity for those who perish. Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk life and limb in their quest.

Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is a novel inspired by the numerous years the author spent working on a Hydro electric project in the Himalayas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: self published (January 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B6MK78Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Gripping Tale March 1, 2013
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Kochery C Shibu has in his first book, managed effortlessly to weave a gripping tale with masterful ease. The characters are true to life and events relate to experiences of most people. The book needs to be published for wider circulation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has great potential April 10, 2013
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I have to admit I had a lot of trouble getting through the first couple of chapters, for various reasons. The main reason was that there seemed to be a lot of characters appearing, without having any previous introduction or description. At times it felt like the author expected us to know and understand what was happening without creating a big setting for us to fully integrate the characters in our minds. Another reason I had trouble was the language... this reason is obviously more personal. I'm not really familiar with the some of the foreign terms that were included and when they weren't really described I had to look for definitions elsewhere in order to comprehend what was being done...or what the characters were referring to.
The writing itself seemed to be going through and initial crisis, which made me think that maybe Shibu wasn't certain what style of writing he wanted to partake in this narrative. Luckily this was only in the first couple of chapters, the writing becomes a lot more pleasant afterwards.

I must admit I had trouble connecting to the characters because I like having a greater psychological perspective on them, and I felt this somewhat lacking in the story. Despite of this, I did feel the characters should be commended by all their efforts and suffering throughout the book. Their resilience was quite inspiring, considering all of the circumstances.

On the other hand the writing was very descriptive and one could easily imagine certain surroundings that were mentioned throughout the book.
I was really happy when things started to click near the middle and end of the book.

On a very personal note, I think Shibu did a very good job, considering this was his first book published.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dreams and the hills March 7, 2013
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Written across the panorama of the northern mountains which shade the lives of all kinds of men and women; their joys and fears, loneliness and livelihood, cares and worries. It is clear that the author has studied their lives from close up, to stitch together an array of characters from the feisty Indumati in Kerala to the young Khusru in Kashmir and many others, etching them in their own backyard and juxtaposing it with their life in the shadows of the Dhauladhar ranges. Intrigue and real life mixed and matched to form a kaleidoscope of emotions and action; the author has been able to give a pithy description of the vagaries of life as it is in the hills. The book was a good buy, as it brings the life and times in our country's far reaches to our drawing rooms in vivid detail. I liked the book as the writer expressed that his heart was in tune with the mountains and the mountain people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A colourful tapestry of characters April 17, 2013
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In Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhars Shibu Kochery has crafted a colourful tapestry of characters who have been brought together at a dam construction site in a remote location set in India. Each has a story to tell and each has been brought to the dam site by chance or fate. The author has etched each of these characters in convincing detail and, notwithstanding his disclaimer that this is a work of fiction, there is a ring of authenticity to the characters. This is in no small measure due to the local flavour he has given to them by skillfully using words from their native language(s) to emphasize dramatic moments and by situating them in several well known episodes of recent Indian historiography. It is this convincing narration that keeps the reader hooked to book and whets the anticipation to see where the story is leading.
The characters are brought together at a dam site in the Dhauladhars through a series of twists and turns in their lives and the final denouement is unexpected, if a little sudden. For a first venture the author has been successful in creating a most readable book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good first effort April 4, 2013
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An ambitious book with a large set of diverse characters that initially confused me no end but are intertwined in the narrative in a skilful manner. As other reviewers have remarked earlier, the initial chapters are rather sketchy and are written in the manner that the author speaks - short staccato sentences, liberally sprinkled with semi colons. The later chapters are more settled and one can follow the narrative. There is a very thorough treatment of almost all the characters mentioned and at times this is fairly exhaustive even for those with a peripheral connection with the story. And that is another thing, the absence of a central plot. There is a mention of some terrorist activity pending and one of the main character's involvement. However, this is given short shrift and nothing much comes of it. The end is also fairly abrupt and Khusru somehow disappears in the final denouement.

What does come across most forcefully is the in-depth knowledge that the author has in hydroelectric dam building in the hills and his interactions with the local populace. The latter is brought out in the delightful descriptions of vignettes of daily life and rituals of these simple folk. This is perhaps the most enriching part of the book and the author is to be commended for having paid attention to this apart from his work. Another plus point is the strength of almost all personalities in the book. They are shown to have overcome circumstances to rise above their station in life.

All in all an engaging read and am looking forward to Shibu's next offering.
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