Men and Dreams : In the Dhauladhar
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    Men and Dreams : In the Dhauladhar (English, Paperback, Kochery C. Shibu)

    Men and Dreams : In the Dhauladhar  (English, Paperback, Kochery C. Shibu)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Niyogi Books
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9789385285004, 9385285009
    • Edition: 1, 2015
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    A hydelpower project in the remote Himalayas. Three people brought together by fate. Nanda, an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love of his dear ones and the traditional kalari code of revenge. Khusru, a boy displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot threatening to blow up the dam, working as a labourer at the site. Rekha, a Kathak dancer in heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru. A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.

    All throng the campsite like moths to a flame, some escape untouched, successful, some, miss a step, and perish. Each has a story to tell and a dream to realise. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about the aspirations of these people with their cares and worries woven into the site life. The fury of nature and the hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead. Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk life and limb in a quest to fulfill their dreams.

    About the Author

    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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      • 2015
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    3

    OK

    First of all,thanks to the author for sending me this book for free.
    Fiction doesn't appeal to me much,so I may be one of the harshest critics.
    Basically its a story about construction of a dam and various characters involved.
    After reading a few pages,it becomes evident that its a debut novel.There are a few inconsistencies in writing like excessive use of italics,pronouns are not used and some characters are not introduced properly.Half of the book's pages are introducing character after ch...
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    Apratim Mukherjee

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    5

    Awesome book

    This has been one of the best books i read this year , The language , the content , story line,the way of describing things was very prolific & engaging , doesn't feel like a book by a debut author at any point .The characterisation was very detailed and i could feel the pains and pleasure so vividly. The author takes you to the amazing journey in the mountain which appears do magnificent as every thing is very well researched ,
    What i enjoyed most is the use of so many languages and sense o...
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    A Solid Debut

    Kochery C. Shibu's Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is a work of great promise and yet somewhat unfulfilled potential. At times, you're completely hooked, lost in the proceedings while brimming with intrigue, in this tale of intertwined destinies of characters you feel you're almost on the verge of caring about. Yet, the narrative is interspersed with stretches where the author's meticulous attention to detail becomes a double-edged sword and mars the novel's pacing. There's no technical faul...
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    Arpan Naithani

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    5

    Good book. Must read once!

    Enjoyed reading the book “Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar”. All character and places are very well articulated. I flipped through the pages and finished reading the book in go. But thoughts of the mountain and people depicted in the story still lingers. Good for a light read.
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    3

    Decent product

    The main characters of the story are Nanda and Khushru. Nanda hails from a village in Kerala , is well versed in Kalari ,absconds himself from the people who seeks his death and joins the Hydel project in Dhauladhar project for refuge. Khushru a handsome lad who is a mere puppet in the hands of a terrorist gang leads a insensitive life and later finds love of his life,Rekha . Apart from the main plot there are several other sub plots with many characters from different diversities. The lives...
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    3

    Fair

    For a book about an engineering Hydel Power project, this was a fairly interesting read. With picturesque descriptions of mountain range and the innocent life of people around.

    In this story, a bunch of different people, are somehow connected by the Dhauladhar ranges, thus giving diverse accords of life, culture and issues from different demographics. Though it might be just me, majority of the diversity felt desultory in that rather predictable stereotypical character approach. That left mo...
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    5

    A poetic book that would win your hearts

    This is definitely one of the best books that have been published by new authors of Indian origins.
    The story line is quite complex and the writing style, although poetic, might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for me, the different writing style and the way the whole story was presented added to the allure of the book.
    The best part of the book was its characters. I loved how the author gave out information and history of the characters between the story. Not only did it provide an intere...
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    Dhwani Swadia

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    28 Oct, 2016

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    Man and Dreams

    Once you start reading this book its real hard to keep it down. Very well written and a real page turner. Ill say its a must read :)
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    megha chakraborty

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    26 Oct, 2016

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    A nice read..

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    Review I am thankful to Shibu for offering me the book to review it.

    Shibu's book is a delightful read. Pretty much enjoyable.
    Khusru, Rekha, Nandu, Nandinikutty, Vijay. Too many characters from different backgrounds. Good to know about our diversified cultures through the characters. Very neatly sketched. Still can't believe this is the first book by the author.

    The downside of the book is the narration of dam construction is too technical. At few moments, it's...
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    25 Oct, 2016

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    A good debut novel !!

    Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar was sent to me for an honest review by Kochery C Shibu for his debut novel. It is always exciting to read Indian authors and the same excitement was there when I got an offer to review the book. The book is easy to read with a smooth flow and gives a flavor of different regions of India and across the borders. A detailed background description of the main protagonists of the novel was interestingly done and enlightening. Some parts of the novel dragged on a bi...
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