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My Rating - 5 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Rupa Publication
Genre - Fiction
Publishing year - 2019
Language - English 
ISBN - 978-93-5333-360-7
Pages - 278

Someone will tell a better story of how you died, rather than you telling your children how you lived.

My Review - 

In his debut book Snakes in the Meadows, the author Ayaz Kohli narrates the tale of terror in Pathri Aali, situated in Jammu and Kashmir. The cover page painting is beautiful and full of emotions. 

The main characters of the story are Ashwar and Aslam. They fall in love at the tender age of sixteen, but they were separated because of their family ego. Ashwar was forced to marry a widow Hanif, father of two children, Manzoor and Shamma. Aslam ran away from his marriage, leaves his family to suffer the consequences of his cowardliness. The time flies, and once again, their paths cross, but this time the situation is far worse. Their village, their beautiful Eden, is now filled with snakes. It is captured by militants (Mujahidin). 

The people live in utter misery, but no one cares. The army and police deny helping. In this difficult situation, Ashwar takes charge, and with the help of villagers, they formed a committee to protect themselves. The story revolves around different folk tales of the village, family rivalry, politics. It is a perfect blend of facts and fiction. The women were raped, children were molested, men were beaten by militants. They all were shattered from inside, but still, they don't lose hope. They stand against all the demons. 

This story gives me a lot to think about. We live in our nest without giving any thought to the people who live near borders, and we are unaware of their sufferings. Ayaz Kohli is a master storyteller. He penned every word carefully, and it touches the reader's heart. With a pinch of optimism, anything is possible; this proves the people of Pathri Aali. The characters are placed very well, and they grow with time. The narration is smooth as silk. I highly recommend this mesmerizing book.

Read this book -

  • If you like heart whelming stories.
  • If you are newbies. 
  • If you want to feel the pain and bravery of the characters.
  • If you like contemporary fiction.

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  1. Completely agree ...just finished reading Snakes in the Meadows..the book is definitely a page turner..and will give you a lot to think and relate to.
    Its a super true to life and grasping story.

    1. Yeah, it is. I am so glad that I picked this book.