Kochery C Shibu graduated from the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, in 1981. He has served in the Indian Navy and commanded two warships. 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. Men and Dreams in Dhauladhar is his first novel.
Nanda an engineer works at the dam construction site in Kashmiri. A Malayali who was brought in environment where they spoke murder for murder and revenge was near and dear ones mattered. There was always air of violence in his hometown. He was caught midst of emotions ,love from his family , hate and revenge for the death of his close ones. He is married to Nandini kutty and he is the man of the hour as he looked for by people who want to kill him. He is been sent to work in dam construction site to avoid the danger. His is the only person and his family is doting on him.
Khusru a kashmiri was brought by his uncle and whose wanted to get back with his parents who lives in Deran with his other 2 brothers and a sisters. There is always shillings and bombings that happen on his on Neelum Riverside where goes for a walk with his uncle. In one such walk due the frequent shillings and bombings his uncle died on spot and he somehow survived. He was approached by bearded man asking him to join the fight in the name of Allah. He was given military type training and was prepared for an attack that they planning at the Dam construction site. He was bait in this master plan. It was during one of this mission with other pathan, to protect himself from police, he kidnapped Rekha who was on Amarnath yatra
Rekha a Kathak dancer and choreographer at heart and a doctor by profession. She and her siblings were brought by her grandmother. Her doctor parents died in an accident. She has been pestered by her grandmother for marriage. She wasn’t convinced with the from the her grandmother because she didn’t feel he was the one for her. Eventually she came around, but before that she ventured for Amarnath yatra where she was kidnapped by Khusru. Here she fell for him and has the ‘din din a dan’ feel in her heart that she was looking forward for in a guy. They finally settled down in the camp built for the labourers working for the dam construction. She worked as a doctor here and Khusru was working as one of the labourers.
What hold in the store for their story. But the book doesn’t complete finished ending as this is the first part in the series. Although I felt the book was too verbose sometimes, the storyline is good and unpredictable.
I would rate the book 3/5