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Men And Dreams In The Dhauladhar – Book Review

  • Author: Kochery S Shibu
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Niyogi Books; First edition (3 August 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9385285009
  • ISBN-13: 978-9385285004

Dreams are the soul of a man’s life. It is the sole purpose of his existence. It is life, living, and everything!


A hydel power 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 laborer 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 realize. 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.


Men And Dreams In The Dhauladhar is an evocative tale that has many stories interspersed with it. It takes you through so many journeys that a splurge of emotions overrides the irritation its hydel power project might cause to its readers.

The novel has many themes in its womb such as love, pain, abject poverty, misery, terrorism and above everything, dreams! Dreams make sustaining the tribulations of life easier. And this exactly is the crux of the whole narrative. We run in the pursuit of our dreams, we chase them and our paths culminate into a destination preordained by the Almighty. Destiny is the master, your only plan for life. The author has painstakingly carved out a book that relates to different lives and their stories and yet, stands as an absolute whole.

The development of characters and the plotline is wonderful. Each character has been described properly and is given an appropriate space in the book. Nowhere you’ll find the people entering into the plot from out of the blue. The narration is subtle and engaging. It keeps you hooked to the story. the language and expressions are used with precision and finesses. It definitely is a testimony of the author’s literary prowess.

The story is inspired out of author’s personal experiences. He had beautifully exploited his experience of working at a hydel power project to come up with intriguing characters and stories that speak volumes about their grim lives. The atrocities underwent by the women is reflective of the sad state of our society.

The snow-capped peaks of Dhauladhar echo the suppressed voices of its denizens. The dreams reverberate here. Throughout the serene atmosphere, you could feel the deepest desires of the human heart breathing here. As you go with the flow of the narrative, you are bound to reach the apex of your dreams!

I recommend this book to each one of you out there who looks forward to realizing their dreams. For an avid reader, this book is an amazing one to adorn your bookshelf. Do not skip this!


Book Cover: 3/5

Book Title: 4/5

Plotline: 5/5

Writing Style: 4.5/5

Narration: 5/5

Language and Vocabulary: 4/5

Grammar and Punctuation: 4.5/5


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