Book : Snakes In The Meadows
Author : Ayaz Kohli
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.
To begin with the cover is very attractive. The digital paintings used are so nice and attractive.
The story is based in early 90’s depicts the tension going on in the states of Jammu and Kashmir during the war time. Based in Pathri Aali, this story shows the scenerio during war time.
The story is very emotional, I even really cried for some of the parts. We later come to know why is the tile ‘Snakes in The Meadows’, also the who are the snakes. The language is easy, concept is unique. Overall it’s a good read