Review: Kashmir 90!

A story is where a life is created, a journey is made and a world is destroyed. One cannot live a story without living the drama, the sadness, the joy and the rollercoaster ride.

I had delayed all the book reviews in the wait for an epic drama called semester exams and to my surprise, the first book of the new year is the story of another engineering student. I have started getting this notion that we engineers are pretty great at story telling and we all have some sort of story to tell.

Before I digress, let me introduce Kashmir 90!

Name: Kashmir 90 (Click on the link to buy)

Author:  Vineet Mishra

Publisher: Frog books (www.leadstartcorp.com)

ISBN: 978-93-52017-42-3

kashmir90 Description of Kashmir 90:

The story of a silent valley thrown into chaos narrated in a unique way.

The story to inspire people about life and how to keep changing along with its waves.

The story of Shiv and Maya along with that of Vineet and Mallika as they try to bring back the joy in their monotonous life.

In 1990 Kashmir fell prey to the communal riots, orphaned many Kashmiri Pandits and made them nomads. In this processes lies the story of a guy named Shiv Pandit who is estranged from his home and the only girl he has ever loved: Maya.

Life takes him across the length and breadth of the country just to find his lost love and to find a home away from home.

Join him in his journey where lessons of life are learned in a different way.

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My take on Kashmir 90:

I personally don’t like love stories. I am not a fan of that genre. I do like to read really cry-worthy love stories though. I know I’m a sadist. However, I read this book. That tells a lot about the love story on its own.

The story overall is a good read though if you are looking for action of the riots, then you will be disappointed. Also the protagonist is just likable. Not the kind of guy I would trust or recommend anyone to trust.

The story could have been written and portrayed in a better as it was kind of influenced with Bollywood. I was not satisfied with that. However, I was happy about one thing.

I am in the book!!

I mean, my name is Vibha and there is a character named Vibha in the book. Since she portrayed to be an okay-to-like character I’m little happy about it.

This does not affect my opinion though.

I like the concept of the plot. I like the way the flow of the story is carried out. What I didn’t like was the grammatical errors across every few pages. It really makes reading difficult and hard to get involved with the story.

If that is rectified then the book is a pretty decent read.

So out of 5, I rate the book 3 stars!

Thank you, Author and Nishant for sending me this book and I’m really sorry for the delay in reviewing.

 

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Review: Endless Rain

Kashmir is a part of India. True. The people of Kashmir are our brethren. True.

But….

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

endless rain.jpg   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.