BOOK REVIEW:- THE LAMENTATIONS OF A SOMBRE SKY

Author:- Manan Kapoor

ISBN: 9789352015849
Genre: Fiction
Publishers: Leadstart Publications
Date of Publication: April 18th 2016
Price: Rs. 250/-
My Rating: 4/5

 

 Blurb

Kashmir — 1991

In between the insurgency and the exodus, Inayat finds solace in the company of Gul, a Kashmiri pundit, and Aaqib. She blooms under the eyes of her father, Maqbool — an alcoholic poet, and her mother — Wahida, who is fraught with sanguinity. They spend their days listening to The Doors in Gul’s backyard and attending Shakes-Peer’s English lessons at the school. However, as they leave behind their childhood, they realize that the future holds things for them that they have never even imagined.

Inayat comes face to face with loss as bereavement engulfs Kashmir. The echoing of the machine guns, the wails of her loved ones and the silence that she is bequeathed with is all that is left. The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky is the story of a skirmish with life and the perseverance in the dark times.

My Take
The title and the cover, both are appealing. The winter backdrop and the faded gunman, they strike behind your eyes and once you get that the story is set in Kashmir, a chill goes through your spine and you predict what the story would be like. But mark my words, this time your assumptions will mislead.
 The poetries inside will melt your core and will make you think. From the first page only, you will be ‘hooked and booked’. The writer deserves a loud round of applause for his research work. The way he had traveled back in time, and described the scenes and people as if he had met them in real, will leave you spell bound.
 You will forget whatever you see in news, and whatever your assumptions were of kashmir and its people after this book, except of the eternal beauty. The story builds around the three friends- Inayat, Gul and Aaqib and their family. And will take you to a ride of pain, happiness, tears and smiles. The way he had written the action scenes, is another plus point for him, as it will feel like a movie scene going on in your mind.
When you will close the last page, you will end up in a smile  on face, and tears in eyes and the words like,” Yeah, this is how one tells a story!” This breaks the presumption about Indian young debut authors , that they are writing only YA and college romances.
 Also, this time you will fall in love with Kashmir, more than ever. You will mark and read few parts of it again and again, and the story will live behind your mind for long.
This book will be a delightful read for all the booklovers.
About The Author

Manan Kapoor was born in Shimla. He graduated from Panjab University in 2015. His debut novel, The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky, released on 18th April 2016. He discovered his love of reading, devouring the works of Orhan Pamuk, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh and Jhumpa Lahiri. He currently resides in Chandigarh.
And let the snow
Fall in peace,
For the bloodshed had been for long.
And let the bravemen
Fall in sleep
And let off their nerves, in death’s song.
 
For the pure and pious will see
Through the eyes of all- A beautiful nation.
And listen melancholy – carefully
To the sombre sky’s Lamentations.

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Book Review: The Lamentations of the Sombre Sky

Introduction

  • ISIN: 9789352015849
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers:Leadstart
  • Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)

Kashmir — 1991

In between the insurgency and the exodus, Inayat finds solace in the company of Gul, a Kashmiri pundit, and Aaqib. She blooms under the eyes of her father, Maqbool — an alcoholic poet, and her mother — Wahida, who is fraught with sanguinity. They spend their days listening to The Doors in Gul’s backyard and attending Shakes-Peer’s English lessons at the school. However, as they leave behind their childhood, they realize that the future holds things for them that they have never even imagined.

Inayat comes face to face with loss as bereavement engulfs Kashmir. The echoing of the machine guns, the wails of her loved ones and the silence that she is bequeathed with is all that is left. The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky is the story of a skirmish with life and the perseverance in the dark times

Behind the book

About the author

Manan Kapoor was born in Shimla in 1993. He graduated from Panjab University in 2015. He discovered his love for reading, devouring the works of Orhan Pamuk, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rusdhie, Amitav Ghosh and Jhumpa Lahiri. He currently resides in Chandigarh.

Me thinks

With a cover like this I knew the author had a winner on his hands atleast in the first category of judging a book by its cover. Once you pick up a book based its beautiful cover you turn it to look at the blurb and reading the first 2 words – Kashmir and the 90s was enough! I was sold. Kashmir is a place that makes me go numb and through this book I relived that pain in those pages.
There were two things which took me by surprise. One the author is only 22 and two this is his debut novel. What a marvelous piece of creation he has managed with this book! This book is immensely powerful as the author takes you to a Kashmir way before it became what it is today. I almost thought either he is born and brought up in Kashmir or is related to a Kashmiri Pandit to understand their chaos so well.
His research is so detailed and the way he puts those things in words is impressive. One can always argue the minus being that he didn’t highlight the political atmosphere or didn’t even mention it but I would rather say I loved that the most. I give the author a brownie point for that as well. He didn’t show me what I already see in newspapers or new channels. He gave me something that is more often ignored, the plight of the people living in Kashmir , their feelings, their lives, their fears and most importantly their existence. He touched a raw nerve when he laid bare those 3 tender and beautiful hearts through whose lives we see Kashmir.
NIL editing errors, no lapses in the plot and perfect story telling. His narrative is one that can make a reader time travel. The only minus I felt was the character-sketch. You could call me greedy but I wanted to know more about them, having said that it in no ways takes away the magic of this wonderfully crafted story. It is going to stay with me for long. And I will definitely recommend it to fellow book lovers time and again for its sheer beauty.
Don’t miss this one if you love Kashmir or if you love reading books which are beauty personified!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like watermelon and orange blossom lemonade in a hot, summer afternoon. It cools your insides and also makes you feel calm!
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