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Kashmir 90

Author : Vineet Mishra 
Genre : Fiction
Publisher : Frog Books (Leadstart)

Book’s Epigram :
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?

My Critique:

The book is nicely written and to the point. The story has a flow that keeps you with itself. The characterization is strong and vital to the movement of the tale. It’s a beautiful love story from the valleys of Kashmir which will mesmerize you at every moment. The narration is carried out in a very effective manner. The book traces the the journey of Shiv Pandit, a Kashmiri Pandit who lives a carefree life in beautiful Kashmir. Plight of the Kashmiri Pandits is deeply conveyed in the story. The transformation of Shiv from a young and carefree guy to a sensible man during the course of the story was spellbinding. Love story of Shiv amd Maya is entralling and includes love, seperation due to unavoidable circumstances and after lots of ups and downs, being together again forever. (Happy Ending to the beautiful love story).

Author has explained the trauma Kasmiri Pandits feel in those terrible days very well and made me feel the pain, they must have felt at that terrible situation in their own country.

The book is a emotional journey to read and feel. The story very strongly shows the friendship between Shiv, Sushant and Bala and Sushant’s love for Maya. It keep you binded to the story and you will just go flow. The way chapters are named is superb, with short name you dont get any idea what coming up in new chapter and it keep to glued with the book.

Readers can easily relate to the characters, they are framed beautifully by author. The plot is quite realistic and express the pain of Kashmir.
In just 216 pages author sums up lots of emotions, stories and much more very beautifully. A must read for everyone.
About The Author :
Vineet started his journey from Dehradun having done his schooling there before moving to Bangalore for his engineering from B.M.S.College. Having completed his engineering he joined the Corporate World and since then has been working at various locations in India n Abroad. He completed Executive Program in Business Management from IIMC and is also a PMP certified professional. He is presently settled in Mumbai and is working in the field of Project Management.

This is his second book having written,Vinu, I am getting married earlier and working on his third book titled Twin Trouble.

Apart from writing fiction, Vineet Mishra has other hobbies including his passion for riding.
He is also a proud HOG (Harley Davidson Owner) and enjoys long rides.

Rating : 4.5/ 5

Best Buy : Best Price Available On
                  Amazon:  Kindle : Rs.157/-  Paperback : Rs 225/-

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