Snakes in the Meadows by Ayaz Kohli- Review


Classics have the power to  change our reading habits. They have the power to be realistic yet entertaining.But most books of late don't have that charm. Nonetheless there are a few pieces of literature that stood out and Snakes in the Meadows is one among them.

The flawless blurb itself tells us the finesse of the writer. Snakes in the meadows is a saga of the onset of militancy, the suffering and the resilience of Pir Panjal- the 'and' of Jammu Kashmir.

It is the tale of terrorism, of love , of expectations. Aslam and Ashwar, are in love but the societal pressure and situations forced them to separate. Further the surge of insurgency and terrorism unites them. The plot is not as simple as it seems.

 She had only one regret-that someone knew about her secret dream.

The style of narration is exemplary. The relationship between Aslam and Ashwar has been depicted in a subtle fashion yet the depth of their love is not lost on the readers. Author has closely pulled out the life of Mujahideens and presented a classic piece for the readers.

The gravity of the recruitment of young boys to be a Mujahideen is depicted such that the readers could relate with how they have been misled and cheated. The fact that not all Mujahideen are cruel perpetrators of terrorism is a shocking revelation for the readers who live in another part of the world. 

It is more of a geopolitical mirror than a love story. The highlight is the subtlety of portraying the relationship between Aslam and Ashwar

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