I am possessed with a spirit which refuses to leave me. I wish to consume everything there is written or spoken about Kashmir. Kashmir to me is more than just a lip smacking cup of Kahwa. Over the past 4 years I have read many books, fiction and nonfiction, on Kashmir narrative. As I sit and write this I have an eCopy of Paradise at war open on my Kindle app.
So without further delay let me give you a rundown of the books based on Kashmir that I have read.
1. The tree with a thousand apples by Sanchit Gupta – Sanchit Gupta is a Bollywood scriptwriter and a warm person to talk to. When he approached me for this book I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and I don’t regret. It is fictional alright but it is sure to blow your mind. If you wanna learn how to write pls do pick up this book. Even a small character has been given literary significance in this book all the while speaking about Kashmir – it’s beautiful and ugly side – through the life of three protagonists.
2. A quest for spring by Monica Dixit Mujumdar – An author who became a very good friend. I fell in love with this love story. It is a love story of Pune and Kashmir. And the way Monica has penned it, it’s heartwarming. Monica, you have done a fab fab job and I can’t stop praising Amolika and Rehan. If you pick this up, you won’t be disappointed.
3. Our moon has blood clots by Rahul Pandita– A nonfiction memoir of a Kashmiri Pandit journalist, Rahul Pandita. I read this one last year and what an exceptional read. At every step of the way I was torn apart and I had goosebumps. It’s beautifully penned.
4. Far field by Madhuri Vijay – You might have heard of this one because this one has won almost all the literary awards in India. It shows us the other side of Kashmir, the most humane side which is sure to touch your heart. It’s a fictional work.
5. Kashmir’s untold story by Iqbal Chand Malhotra and Maroof Raza– This book just blew my mind. It is nonfiction but so very well written by both the authors. It just takes you step by step into the turmoil of Kashmir and keeps you thinking. It’s an easy read, a page turner, infact. If you are just starting out then sure do pick up this book.
6. The lion of Kashmir by Siddharth Gigoo– Had I not decided to write this post I wouldn’t have known that I had forgotten to upload the review of this book. Such a mess I can be 😅. To talk about this book, it is beautifully penned. The language is so strong and this book can be disturbing. It’s fiction. My thoughts on this book elucidated in my review, do check.
This is madness. I bought tons more books on Kashmir narrative from Tata Lit fest book swap counter last year. By God, I had to scavenge much for that.
So, which of these books have you read? Do let me know in the comments or Instagram DM. Instagram.com/book_gobbler
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