Snakes In The Meadows
Teleportation to a whole new world, a world, we city people barely know. Snakes in the Meadows by Ayaz Kohli is an intriguing one. Here is my review along with the book blurb for you. So let’s begin without ado.
Jammu And Kashmir, 1987. In the hilly village of Pathri Aali, where legends appear true, Aslam and Ashwar, two young lovers, dream of marriage and of good things of life. But that is not to be. Unable to cope, Aslam leaves Pathri Aali forever. Years later, as men migrate to Saudi Arabia
for employment, Pathri Aali is populated mostly by women and children. Soon they realize the Mujahideen, who guise themselves as their liberators, are the worst perpetrators, and misery seems inescapable. Ashwar refuses to be cowed down by this reign of terror and is determined not to let it devastate the once-peaceful village. The only one she can bank on is Aslam—and she calls out to him across the distance of time and space, to return and live up to the legends of their village.
Snakes in the Meadows is a saga of the onset of militancy, and the suffering and the resilience of Pir Panjal—the ‘And’ of Jammu And Kashmir.
Who should read this book?
This book is perfect escape into a different world far away from the hustle of the city. Someone who is interested in fiction, this book is hidden gem based on Indian demography.
Why should you read this book ?
Set in the beautiful Jammu and Kashmir, in the hilly village of Pathri Aali. The story of Snakes and Meadows is young romance along with a strong substance. The characters have depth and reason along with the intense backdrop.
About the author
Ayaz Kohli is presently serving as Joint Commissioner-GST, Mumbai. Having seen the rise and repercussions of militancy from very close quarters, and moved by the plight of the people of the border districts of Jammu and Kashmir, he has come up with his debut novel, Snakes in the Meadows.
My ratings for ‘Snakes in the Meadows’ : 4/5
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