Men and the dreams: In the Dhauldhar is the story of three different people who accidentally meet each other in the Dhauldhar. This story starts when a Hydro-electric project is approved and a dam is to be build in Himachal Pradesh near Dhauldhar range.
Nanda (an engineer) Kusru (young boy on mission) and Rekha (a dancer and doctor) are the main characters. These three have a secret past and all of them were hiding it, from everyone. Their life changes when Hydro-electric project commence in Dhauldhar.
This book is written after a good amount of research. I praise the author for putting light on various hideous topics, which are never been “topic to discuss”, like life of Mohajiris, and Kashmiris and how partition affected their life, how they survive on this land with a hope that their good time will be back and it will change for their betterment. We always hear only one side story of Indo-Pak border tension, but the author has revealed the story of other side. Topic of displacement have never been the front page topic in India where every year thousands of people have to sell their land in fist of amount for development. Being an Indian I always find terrorism a National threat, and all of us wishes to get rid of it completely.
This book very well explains that the planning and plotting of terrorist groups never ceases.
“Life goes on even in rigid situation”, this book justifies the statement. The Story will take you to different places very quickly and the chapter’s title will help readers to find out who’s the next character.
Cover and title is perfect for the story. I recommend this to readers who love exploring different aspects of life. If you’re searching something pure and genuine, then this book will not disappoint you.
Kochery C. Shibu is a retired naval officer. A graduate from the National Defence Academy he has held several important posts in the Indian Navy. Post his retirement he has executed hydroelectric projects in the Cauvery river basin in Karnataka, Beas river basin in Himachal and lately Teesta river basin in Sikkim. He holds a postgraduate degree in Defence Studies from Chennai University, and MA in English Literature from Pune University. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is his debut novel. The technical content of the novel, namely the setting up of a hydro-project is drawn from his experience in these projects since 2005, as are many of the characters inspired from those whom he encountered at the project site. Kochery C. Shibu was born in Kochi and now lives in Bangalore with his wife and daughter.
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