Kashmir is a part of India. True. The people of Kashmir are our brethren. True.
Do we know what they faced when war landed on their head? Do we know the history as not just mere facts but also as the story of people there? Do we know what they had to go through?
This serious story from the heart of Kashmir narrated in the form of a story, by Meera Arora Nayak.
Name: Endless Rain (Click on the name to be directed to Amazon page)
Author: Meera Arora Nayak
Publishers: Penguin Books India
Description of Endless rain:
Salahuddin Bhatt is standing on the precipice of happiness on 17th of December, 1971, for he hears the cry of his grandson for the very first time. But that is interrupted by Indira Gandhi’s declaration of a cease-fire. Naming the new born after the historic fighter Ali, Salahuddin fears for the child as the word of war are spoken into his ear.
Years pass where Ali grows up tormented and in the face of wars, activities, protests, and fights. Soon times change and Ali is dragged into a war that is not his and to add to the woes he is fighting for a cause that is against what his family and parents believe in. His turmoil in every decision he takes is the highlight of the story.
My review of Endless rain:
First of all Kudos to the Author for such a detailed research that went into the story and behind the pages effort to building it into a book that even a person like me who has not been to Kashmir can understand. It shows the skill that is required to take a reader to that time and location with mere words.
The second thing that swept me off my feet was the normality with which the book starts. It’s a normal household of a family of two parents, a grandfather, three girls and a new born boy. It’s so normal that you wouldn’t expect the book to take a very serious note later.
So the story starts at a normal pace taking the reader through the past before Ali is born. It sets the mood and highlights the tradition and essence of Kashmir. Then slowly the background politics and riots start slipping into the front lines and the reader is basically ready to face it. The childhood of Ali in the streets of Kashmir shows the reader that there are dark clouds looming on the near horizon.
Eventually, the author has dropped the main plot and theme of impending protest and struggle. The guns and blood start bleeding into the book making the reader feel the chill even in summer.
So with all that I rate the book 3.75/5! Well written and skillfully written in an effort to bring sensitive topics on the forefront.