Starmark in association with Niyogi Books and Ahava Communications launched of MEN AND DREAMS IN THE DHAULADHAR by Kochery C Shibu at Starmark, Quest Mall ,Kolkata on 24th June 2016
The author had a rich conversation with the panel Shuktara Lal, drama therapist, teacher and theatre director, Sourabh Mukherjee, associate partner, IBM and author, and Vasant Subramanyan, CEO, Last Peak Data. The event was moderated by Antara Banerjee, author, artist, mentor and entrepreneur.
The whole program was a live melting pot of knowledge exchange and sharing of feelings, the show was excellently moderated by Antara with passion for delivery well articulated views on the book.
About the book
A hydelpower project in the remote Himalayas. Three people brought together by fate. Nanda, an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love of his dear ones and the traditional kalari code of revenge. Khusru, a boy displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot threatening to blow up the dam, working as a labourer at the site. Rekha, a Kathak dancer at heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru. A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.
All throng the campsite like moths to a flame, some escape untouched, successful, some miss a step, and perish. Each has a story to tell and a dream to realise.Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about the aspirations of these people with their cares and worries woven into the site life. The fury of nature and the hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak, and no time for the dead. Like an eternal spectator, the Dhauladhar watches as men risk life and limb in a quest to fulfil their dreams.
About the author
Kochery C. Shibu is a retired naval officer. A graduate from the National Defence Academy, he has held several important posts in the Indian Navy. Post his retirement, he has executed hydroelectric projects in the Cauvery river basin in Karnataka, the Beas river basin in Himachal, and lately, the Teesta river basin in Sikkim. He holds a postgraduate degree in Defence Studies from Chennai University, and MA in English Literature from Pune University. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is his debut novel. The technical content of the novel, namely the setting up of a hydro-project is drawn from his experience in these projects since 2005, as are many of the characters inspired from those whom he encountered at the project site. Kochery C. Shibu was born in Kochi, and now lives in Bangalore with his wife and daughter.