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My Rating - 2 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Niyogi Publication
Genre - Fiction
Publishing year - 2015
Language - English
Pages - 284

My Review - 

Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is the debut book of Kochery C Shibu. It is a work of fiction based on a dam project. The cover page and the title definitely attract the reader's attention. 

Plot - The dam was being built on two rivers name Aher and Matora in the Dhauladhar range, also known as Outer Himalayas. It's named after the first letter of these two rivers, AM Hydro Project. The constructor of this million dollars project is LLC. The story revolves around the worker's lifestyle and their day-to-day struggles. The dam is important for the nation, and that's why a terrorist organization wants to blow it on inauguration day. 

Characters - There are so many characters in this story. By the end, one can lose keeping track. Nanda is considered to be a male protagonist. He ran away from his hometown Kerala due to gang rivalry. He is an engineer and lay low for sometimes working on the dam project away from his family. 

Khusru lost his family in the partition and become an ISI operative. Rekha is a well-known dancer and looking for love. In his search for true love, he falls in love with the terrorist. Sanjay Rathore is an investigator of the national terrorist threat. He keeps track of all the characters and solves the mystery.

I have a lot of problems with the characters, especially female ones. The author portrays them in a weak and misogynistic way. I feel that Indumati and Rekha have the potential to stand out, but they didn't. I didn't even like or connect with any of the personalities. They didn't grow with time. I feel like Kochery C Shibu didn't do justice with the characters.

Language - This book is definitely not written from the international reader's perspective. The dialogue includes Hindi, Malayalam, and whatnot language that breaks the flow of reading. There are no grammatical errors to be found.

Narration - It is slow-paced. The author's professional background helps him in his writing. He gives a superior comprehension of everything. It reminds me of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. One needs to be patient while reading this book. At some points, I felt awe because of the twists and turns of events. 

Overall, this book didn't work well for me, but I know it will definitely work for those readers who love slow-moving and detailed circumstantial stories. 

Be aggressive, never be angry, win the battle of the mind.

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  1. Yes, i too got lost with the characters and their background, some where un necessarily explained. But the book is well researched on hydel project and the behaviour of the labour is so true.

  2. Agreed, Sudeshna!! But too much research ruin the essence of the book.