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Despite Stolen Dreams by Anita Krishan – Book review

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Despite Stolen Dreams Book Cover Despite Stolen Dreams
Anita Krishan
Fiction
Fingerprint! Publishing
July 25th 2017
Paperback
304
Review copy

Deep within the Kashmir Valley, a group of terrorists are left stumped as a man they were holding hostage vanishes into thin air with his family from right under their noses. Amidst the dust and grime of Delhi, this man reappears, only to sink back into the obscurity that a teeming metropolitan city offers, even as he grapples with the strange twists and turns of city life. Far away, at the Line of Control, an exchange of fire between the Indian Army and a group of terrorists leaves one man seriously wounded. Stranded and alone atop an icy mountain, he can either die or fight to stay alive.
This masterfully crafted tale will take you on a voyage through lives that are divergent, and yet, are interconnected. From the land of chinars, to the pulsating heart of India . . . it will lay bare for you, all the nuances of human emotions, from the darkest of thoughts to, tears, laughter, fear and courage, all indispensable parts of our lives, all inescapable facts of our existence . . .

About the Author:

Born in Shimla in 1955, Anita Krishan spent twenty-two years of her early life in this pristine Himalayan town, completing her education in 1976 with a Master’s degree in English Literature from Himachal University. Enriching the lives of countless youngsters as an English teacher, Anita has written and directed plays, penned down novels, stories, and poems. She has also spearheaded many initiatives that sensitise the youth to the urgent need to care for and nurture their social and physical environment. Her endeavour to affect a shift in human outlook with her unique perspective towards storytelling is ostensible in her writings. Anita is also a senior columnist with the Indian Economist. She has extensively travelled through the world, observing and absorbing the multiplicity of human ethos and cultures everywhere. At present, she lives in Delhi, NCR, with her family.

Introduction:

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. πŸ™‚Β 

Plot summary:

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.

Writing style:

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.

My perception:

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!

Grab a copy of this book from here,Β 

Until next time, Keep reading πŸ™‚Β 

Sheetal Maurya

Sheetal Maurya is a full-time blogger. She is a die-hard bookworm and has read more books than she can count. She believes in the art of storytelling and reviews books so that the world can choose the best ones and embark on an adventurous virtual reading journey.

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