Review of Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar by Kochery C shibu.

Title: Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar

Author: Kochery C shibu

Format: Kindle Edition

Book length: 284 pages


In a project site in the remote Himalayas where superstitions and religious beliefs are as important as the engineering Nanda, Khusru and Rekha come together through a series of twists and turns in their lives. The dreams and aspirations of people come alive as the story progresses. Each has a story to tell and a dream to realize. The fury of nature and the hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead. Even Nanda who has seen death from close quarters and is hiding from the law is taken aback by the callous attitude towards life. He is the silent man of the project, the one who never talks. Intrigue and real life get mixed with the sudden appearance of Rekha, the lady doctor, at the camp site. Rekha’s quest for a man whom she can love and worship takes her on an unforeseen journey from where she has to choreograph her way out. The handsome Kashmiri youth Khusru is envied by all at the site. Little do they know that the ghosts of Khusru’s past are plotting to turn his world upside down. Nanda is torn between his love for his dear ones and his kalari code of revenge. He looks to the Dhauladhar ranges for answers to come to terms with his personal loss and a little more dignity for those who perish. Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk life and limb in their quest.

Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is a novel inspired by the numerous years the author spent working on a Hydro electric project in the Himalayas.


Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is an eye opener to me because of every detailed portion in it.

The book is so well researched and really well presented that it attaches you with itself till the last page despite of the length of it, each and every page gives you a feel of reality.

The plot is really amazing and the narration is in a great flow along with perfect characters and their roles into the plot fitting perfectly.

The book makes you aware about various techniques and technology but at the same time carries an important message of fullfilling and living your dreams.

It surely test your patience as a reader, but it is worth your time if you want to learn and experience things from a book.

Overall a good read and I enjoyed it and surely recommend this to all dreamers out there.



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