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Book Review #31: The K Word

The K- wordAuthor: Alka Kumar
: 208
Publisher: Pustak Mahal

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3/5
Title : 2.5/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Story : 3.5/5
Theme : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 3.5/5

  • Blurb:

Will this burning rage in the valley actually lead to ‘azadi’? Follies of the past, indifference of successive governments and insurmountable pressure by vested interests bring things to such a passe that it forces the Indian Prime Minister to sit up and take note of the situation… The dynamic Prime Minister takes a bold risk! The young Major is caught between his call for duty and his love for…
The President of Pakistan decides that finally it is time to act…
It is the story of Kashmir!

  • Review-

Kashmir! Heaven on earth! This is what we have been hearing since ages, and it indeed is true. Firstly, hats off to the author to take up such a sensitive theme and well, a great job done!

“The K-Word: Make Peace Not War” by Alka Kumar is a beautifully narrated script. Realities have been portrayed by being framed into situations. It starts with the Prime Minister of India signing an appeasement treaty for Kashmir, expecting it turn out positively. Keeping aside the political games being played and the rage in the minds of people, especially Kashmiris, this treaty was a risk taken by him. The script then transitions into the story of a soldier and how he falls in love with a local Kashmiri girl, who goes missing suddenly to be found in the end in terrible condition due to mistreatment by the terrorists. The story also shows the role of media in such situations by bringing into view a correspondent, who comes over to terrorist-activity stricken area to provide live coverage over television. The author has also touched upon sensitive topics like the Kashmiri pandits. Being a Ph. D in Political Science, the knowledge on minute topics of historical importance was clearly evident from the the script. Depicting the emotions of a soldier when he has to choose his duty over anything else; the Prime Minister who has to act with authority keeping the nation at the top of each thought; and lastly about all the people who become a part of all that is happening, willingly or unwillingly, was commendable.

  • Verdict:

A different book, good read. (3.5/5)

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