Author – Sanchit Gupta
Rating – 5/5 stars
Number of Pages – 282
Publisher – Niyogi Books
‘If a criminal was once a saint and a saint was once a criminal, then who is the criminal and who is the saint?’
The tree with a Thousand Apples
‘The tree with a Thousand Apples’, a hypnotic and enthralling tale is a story of three childhood friends Bilal Ahanager, Safeena Malik and Deewan Bhat. Inspired by true events this story comes from the turbulent place they called paradise becomes a battlefield and they are forced to choose a side.
Bilal, Safeena, and Deewan grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity surrounded by lush mountains, serene lakes, and colorful bed of flowers and vegetations everywhere they eye in Srinagar, Kashmir until one night which changes everything for once and for all and forever. Deewan left with no other option to flee from his home abandoning his friends and his place. Safeena’s mother paid the price to give refuge to a neighbor in her home and Bilal has to walk the path from where there is no turning back and the path itself took him nowhere.
Twenty years later, destiny brings them together once again. But, they are no longer the same Bilal, Safeena, and Deewan they used to be. Will they stand together this time or time separate them once again? Will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints?
In the backdrop of the books is the valley of Kashmir, this book is a work of fiction but I can say there is a truth hidden behind the veil of fiction after reading many non-fictional books on tormented Kashmir in recent past.
The book is a must read and must reach to the wider audience. The book is a rollercoaster ride and the ending will take you by surprise. It is a fight of demons of mind and angels of heart. It is one of those books you want to keep reading to see what will happen next and you can’t foretell what will come next. A surprise package quiver you from inside out. A must not miss book.
Sanchit Gupta began his career as a copywriter with an advertising agency in Mumbai. He went on to co-found his own theater group, worked as a freelance film screenwriter and as executive producer-fiction for a leading television network. He worked for All India Radio as a talk show host and regularly features in poetry recitals at Prithvi Café, Mumbai. This is his debut novel.
His works explore his fascination for global cultures, societal structures, vagaries of the world and the human mind. Know more about him and his work at sanchitgupta.in.
You can reach to him at Twitter@sanchit421
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‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’