How are you all doing? Back after a hectic week, I bring a book review. Now this book was suggested by a friend of mine. It is titled Kashmir 90 by Vineet Mishra.
The story Kashmir 90 starts in 2011 and travels back in time accidentally over an animated conversation between two friends, Vineet and Shiv. The heart wrenching and the most unfortunate events of 1989 – 1990 in Kashmir caused the ripples which gave rise to this roller coaster tale that destiny wrote for Shiv.
Shiv Pandit, a proud Kashmiri young boy of their valley and a darling of his local community, who has the world on his feet after getting admission in Engineering College of Srinagar, starts his journey of becoming a man from a boy along with numerous other youngsters from all across the country. During the hostel life, he meets new roommates and develops a great bond with them through a few hilarious and funny events. He also develops a soft corner toward a girl named Maya from Kerala. The college life was like a dream for him.
In the background, the extremist fringe was spreading the lethal hate in the air of Kashmir. The hate bomb when exploded, shook the soul of Kashmir, the book biggest casualty was the Kashmiri Pandit community.
The college was also closed down and the students who had gone for a winter break could never return to their college!
Shiv loses his roots, his college, his cradle and his love. He finds himself at the junction of unknown crossroads of life.
This new path of destiny takes him to different parts of the country to rediscover faith in humanity, friendship and love. In turn, it brings along new relationships, disappointments, fun, thrill and adventures.
But the changing politics of the country, Ram Janmabhoomi movements and the Bombay riots create surge in his life and cause a chain reaction that brings him to a point where once again he finds himself in a situation where he could lose it all!
Will he again accept the fate and drift along or fight for his treasure of life?
As the title suggests, this story is set up on the conditions and situation in Kashmir during the 1989 and moves on to the condition of the country by 1990. I was a bit confused as to what kind of a story would it be. Frankly speaking, I was skeptical.
And the book proved my fears and thoughts wrong. The story shows the situations as a human. Plight of the Kashmiri Pandits is the point which changes the main character Shiv, emotionally.
The growing of Shiv from a young and carefree lad to a sensible man during the course of the story was interesting. The turmoils of his family and the people he meets and the places he goes take the story further. Being in love with a girl whose feelings he is unsure of adds to his agony.
The narration was simple and smooth, but somehow the end seemed a bit rushed up. Too many things happen too fast. The characters are well defined. The story moves ahead well, keeping the interest intact. You always want to know what’s going to happen next to Shiv. Questions lurk in your mind – where is Maya? What about Vibha? Friends or enemies?
Though the story moves on a serious plot majorly, the underlying message of keeping alive relationships is also well woven into the story.
Overall a good one to read.
I would give it a 3.5/5.
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