Author – Sabir Hussain
Rating – 4/5 stars
Number of Pages – 294
Publisher – Westland Books
Battlefield and Paradise is a travelogue of Sabir Hussain who has a long standing in journalism and the book is his debut novel.
The book illustrates his journey of four weeks, he went on alone in May-June 2013 from his resident place Delhi to Ladakh with his partner of past travels; his 150cc Fiero bike. It is not his first time he went on something like this and probably not his last. It is his long pending dream to scale to the northern most point in India and that dream he brings in reality in 2013.
The book is his journey of 3200 kilometers to Ladakh and back to delhi. The route he chalked out for his travel take him through Ambala, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Jammu, Rajouri, Shopian, Srinagar, Sonamarg and then to Ladakh, to touch Turtuk; northern most point on the line of control (LOC) with Pakistan. He choose to travel in may under scorching heat only because during this time the Zoji La Pass which links Kashmir to Ladakh is thrown open for traffic by the Indian Army which saves a considerable amount of his time.
The language is simple and connecting. He compounds the scenic small towns on the border, a little chat with the local people who he met on his journey. He does not put unnecessary drama to climb the readership charts. His attempt will give the readers a good read. It is not a story; it’s a journey of a life time experience which he shall cherish for rest of his life.