You must have read various stories revolving around the Kashmir issue. This book also depicts the same essence but with a different twist. There is no doubt that leaving our home in few hours is the most painful experience in the world. This becomes more septic when one has to suffer without committing any mistake. The title of this book is catchy and gives a ray of hope. I would like to thank the publisher for giving me a chance to read this beautiful book. 🙂
Set in the backdrop of Kashmir, this book starts with the story of Hashim, an orphaned boy who is living in a shelter run by a kind man. He always gets bullied by other students and this sows a seed of hatred in his kind heart. After some time, a group of militants comes to the shelter and asks the head to hand over some boys whom they can groom to be a guerrilla. Though the head doesn’t want the innocent minds getting polluted, he doesn’t have a choice. From here, Hashim nurtures his hatred and becomes the most ruthless militant.
Then the story moves to Wali’s family. Kashmir is their homeland and they are a peaceful family but things worsen when one of the militants, Shakeel, under the guidance of Hashim, forces Wali and his family to marry his daughter Dr. Mehar to him.
They threaten to kill the family if they do not accept the proposal. The family runs away to Delhi fearing for their life.
In Delhi, they live with their son and soon start feeling suffocated from the city life. With this, they have a constant fear of getting caught by a terrorist. The worst thing is that they had taken care of Shakeel in his childhood and he didn’t think twice to ruin the life of this family.
Amid all these tensions, Wali meets Kashmira Singh who hails from Punjab. He also has a terrible past but he had accepted it and moved on. Kashmira motivated Wali and other people in the building to live their life.
Still, there are certain questions like when they will go back to their beloved valley? Will terrorists ever find them? What will happen if they find them? What is the fate of Mehar? Does everyone have a sad past? Do we need to mourn for this or move on? Read this beautiful book to know the answers.
The narration of this book is very good which doesn’t distract the readers. The language is very easy and engaging, which helps finish the book in two-three sittings.
This book is very well written and I am looking forward to reading other books by the author. Apart from narrating the story of the Kashmir issue, the author has also focused on the various aspects of human nature through various characters. Kashmira Singh is a character which everyone wants to interact with. This book also depicts that terrorism doesn’t have a religion. With the story of Mehar and his family, this books also depicts the various sides of other characters which I felt is a balanced form of writing by the author. This book gives you hope despite broken dreams. A beautiful and optimistic book, which you should not miss!
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Until next time, Keep reading 🙂