Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar Book Review


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Men And Dreams In The Dhauladhar
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Kochery C Shibu
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*This book has been kindly send to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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This book consists of 303 pages.
A story told in chapters, each chapter dedicated to a certain character.
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Over all I found the book interesting, it’s definitely something new to me and different to the usual books I’d pick out.
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The main character here is Nanda, we get to know about his family tradition of Kalari along with the on going feuds which lead to having the opponents try to find him and eventually that led to him fleeing to stay alive.
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We later get to know about the life of being an exchange student and a fast girl as some would say through Indu. The clash between cultures and how her rebellious life along with its link to marriage. Another interesting character was Rekha, the free spirited dancer who believes in love that true love should make her heart beat which ends up being non other than Khusru with the troubled past and dangerous involvement with radical groups.
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All these interesting characters are united under the D tank, lalmahal team, a project in the village. We get to know the interesting life of workers and how they cope through alcohol and endless relations as well as a strong bond amongst them like a family.
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A very interesting read which at certain point so found very tedious and had to drag myself through some chapters. There were many characters for me to keep up with (especially with lots of details given about their past). Also the many words in other languages which were not translated or explained left me as a reader slightly confused or missing out on the real point in the sentence.
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To be honest i do enjoy reading a book that gives each character the attention they deserve and not leaving the reading wondering and questioning things about a character and not finding much. However, in this book to me i felt it was way to much about certain characters. In addition, the book contained many technical details regarding the project such as machine names and very scientific information. To me that was simply not my cup of tea.

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considering some chracters such as Rekha and Indu i found a lot of interest in them as well as Khusru’s journey and unexpected changes. I wish this was a trilogy in which each duo had many chapters to satisfy a reader such as myself. Jumping from one character to another in every chapter just left my mind all over the place, almost like interrupting my train of thoughts on a certain matter.

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The surrounding have been very well and nicely described ! the reference to the mountain peaks at the end of each chapter very well reflected the mentality of a “dreamer” which brings us back to the title of the book and then again to the secret and questions about the future each one of the characters had buried deep inside.

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My rating: 2.5 / stars
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