Posted @withrepost • @prajaktareads First, I would like to thank the author, Mr. Kochery Shibu for sending me a copy of this book, in return for an honest review.
Nanda, the protagonist, is an engineer working at a hydroelectric project in the Dhauladhar range. He has a troubled past and constantly worries about his enemies gaining in on him. He prefers to keep to himself, resisting attempts from the labourers and fellow supervisors to draw him out.
The secondary characters include: Khusru, a Kashmiri, who is forced into terrorism but wishes to turn over a new leaf. Rekha, a Kathak dancer and trained doctor, who values her freedom and is on the search for true love.
As the work at the site continues, there are continual disruptions, sometimes because of the weather and at times because of the workers' demands. There is also a terror angle at play, threatening the lives of all those involved.
Now for the positives. The author has done a good job at describing the characters and including the local dialect. The first few pages are engrossing and the diversity in characters is refreshing. The travails of the labourers and their fragile hold on life; their almost nomadic lifestyle, having to move once a project has been completed, are aspects not generally given much attention to in novels, but the author has done justice to this largely neglected section of society.
The book has a promising start but slowly peters out into a pointless, confusing story. The author certainly manages to bring the mountains to life. In fact, the constant hinting at the mountains having an eye on all the characters seems to imply at the man versus nature struggle. But in the end, it turns out to be a sort of anticlimax and you're left wondering as to what exactly the writer wished to convey.
Also, while reading a book you can gauge where the plot is going but here, I couldn't grasp what was happening. The ending felt rushed and new characters were being added about 20 pages before the book ended. At a certain point I almost expected a "to be continued" #indianbooks #indianbookstagram #indianbookstagrammer #indianbookstagrammers