Men And Dreams In The Dhauladhar Book Review


Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is a dreamy journey with a twist of reality. It is an action-packed book which will make you hypnotic with its amazing plot and execution.

The story gets a thrilling arrival with mysteries backing up the start. When you go deep, you will be engulfed with many twists and turns which will drive the story to a completely new level.

It has more than what you ask for. The characterization is at its best with a detail of every character's existence in the story. On the other hand, you will be amazed by the names of the characters in the book and especially the titles of every chapter.

The language used in the book is beautiful but you can expect some strong words which are very common among the labors. The author has also used many local saying throughout the book giving it a more localized feel. The author has an amazing observation skill which is completely visible in the way of describing the situation in the book. I also loved the cover, it perfectly suits the title and blurb. Overall, Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is a MUST READ!

Someone said, "Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times." After reading this book I just have one thing to say to you, "Better to read this book than read about it a thousand times." So, go ahead and buy this book from Amazon now!

RATING - 4.5/5


A hydropower 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 labourer 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.


Kochery C. Shibu is a retired naval officer. A graduate from the National Defence Academy he has held several important posts in the Indian Navy. Post his retirement he has executed hydroelectric projects in the Cauvery river basin in Karnataka, Beas river basin in Himachal and lately Teesta river basin in Sikkim. He holds a postgraduate degree in Defence Studies from Chennai University and MA in English Literature from Pune University. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is his debut novel. The technical content of the novel, namely the setting up of a hydro-project is drawn from his experience in these projects since 2005, as are many of the characters inspired from those whom he encountered at the project site. Kochery C. Shibu was born in Kochi and now lives in Bangalore with his wife and daughter.

PUBLISHER: Niyogi Books

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