Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar by Kochery C Shibu: Book Review

Title: Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar

Author: Kochery C Shibu

Publisher: Niyogi Books

My Rating: 3.5 stars

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Well! I was unsure of reading this book initially. But finally picked it up. The book talks about the quest of dreams of the characters set in the Dhauladhar range. (Dhauladhar is a part of a lesser Himalayan chain of mountains in Himachal Pradesh, India)

The book revolves around mainly three characters Nanda, Khusru and Rekha along with other ones. Nanda is the strongest character in the book who is an engineer from Kerala hiding from his past turbulences and happened to work at a Hydel Power Project in range of Dhauladhar.

Khusru has been shown as unimpeachable person though happened to be in a terrorist camp. He was forced into it though by heart he was a good man. Rekha, a doctor and kathak dancer belonging from a respected family. In midst of her fate, she ends up at the camp site along with Khusru and what follows is the quest for their dreams.

What was Good

  • I loved all the three protagonists and their portrayal. It was so facile to connect with them. The recount of their stories from the beginning assisted in thorough grasp of their characters and psyche. This hooked me and persuaded to read their stories without a break.
  • Description of labourers and their life at construction site is very much naturalistic and narration of their stories is absorbing.
  • The research and observation of the author is admirable.
  • The book is realistic and has a convincing storyline.


What wasn’t Good

  • The detailed description of characters other than protagonists might have been avoided or should have been cut short.
  • During reading about few detailed descriptions, I was feeling bored and wanted to skip out those parts of the book.

Why to read this book

The book satisfies the reader within you who loves to dive deep into the stories of its protagonists. This is the first book of the author and it’s a commendable work in terms of storytelling and characters building.

Suggestion: I would suggest to read this book in breaks so not to lose out the interest. Stretched reading may bring boredom. However, chapters telling stories of Nanda, Khusru and Rekha doesn’t let you put down the book until you finish the full chapter.


Have you happened to read this book? or thinking of it lately?

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