Bustle ‘Bout Books: Review- ‘Snakes In The Meadows’ By Ayaz Kohli

Title: Snakes In The Meadows

Author: Ayaz Kohli

Publisher: Rupa Publications

My Rating: 4/5 stars

*Note: I am extremely grateful to Rupa Publications India for sending me this book. However, this does not at all hinder my honest opinions regarding the book. This is a spoiler-free review. All opinions are solely mine.

‘Snakes In The Meadows’ is a fictional story of love not restricted to any boundaries whatsoever. It is a portrayal of love for one’s own nation, one’s own values, and one’s own people.

The book is set in Jammu and Kashmir in the year 1987. The main characters include Aslam and Ashwar who in my opinion are two beautifully created characters. Once you read the book, you’ll realize how both of them have proved to be fighters for justice in their own ways. Aslam and Ashwar are both united in their love for each other and their ideologies in some ways too, yet they remain divided by society. They are forced to carry on with their lives individually and the only thing that brings them together is the tragedy that their hometowns are forced to face.

The book deals with issues like terrorism and religion. It deals with sufferance and tolerance, love and hate. It has a lot to do with emotional pain and internalized agony and how the characters decide to externalize it. It talks about ‘justice’ and how easily the word can be moulded for the sake of convenience which can be religious, political, or even patriotic in nature.

The book has shifting scenes which, on the one hand, do help the reader in understanding the whole scenario better but also, are capable of leading to confusion. The multi-perspective is divided among stories of many characters which did not help me in correlating one character’s story with another’s. The confusions however do get clarified to a certain degree towards the end of the book.

I would recommend ‘Snakes In The Meadows’ to those who love the blend of emotions with actions. It presents a comparison of personal indulgences with community’s benefit. Those who don’t mind shifting scenes and multi-perspective rich books, would surely love it!

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Hello to all the readers and writers out here! I am Meher Gandhi. I am a dreamer and a wanderer, dreaming of a world made of words and wandering in a land of my own scribblings. I am constantly scribbling my reveries and all the secrets I unearth while living, sometimes it’s on paper, most of the times, it’s mental notes. WordPress is a great platform to showcase the art of writing be it on the spot or else. I am loving this work of writing blogs, reading your blogs, commenting on them, receiving the likes, comments and valuable suggestions. It is all so fun! I am a teenager who loves to read and write. I am a positive person and so are my scribblings. If you want to connect with me then, head over to the contact page in the β€œmy pages” section! Would you like to join me in for a walk in my land of scribblings? With love, Meher.

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