WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
Much has been written about the Kashmir Valley and the conflict which surrounds it. Many articles and many books describe what the people of Kashmir have gone through and still go through in their day to day lives. We at bookGeeks.in too have reviewed two other books – one fiction and one non-fiction which revolve around the Kashmir issue, but the one book which truly helped me picture the beauty of Kashmir is the Flames Of Paradise by Tanuja Shankar Khan. The words which narrate the exquisiteness of the valley and the landscape surrounding it not only take you to the valley itself but much beyond that to the seventh heaven.
The book is about a girl Snigdha who bags the opportunity of being the writer and director of a documentary film on the Kashmir issue. The film, being funded and fully sponsored by the industry leader Triple Eye Communications, also involves their team and thus Snigdha along with her friend Dimple and a small team from Triple Eye Communications leave for the valley of Kashmir. Upon arrival, Snigdha meets and interviews a number of people whose lives have been affected by the increasing insurgency but as fate would have it, she along with a few members of her team falls into wrong hands and gets abducted by a terrorist outfit.
She tries her level best to break free and on finding one small window of opportunity she quickly runs away from the clutches of the terrorists. But just when she thinks she is safe, she comes across Roshan; a guy who she thinks has caught her and who will now hand her back to the insurgents. But Roshan is a guy who is hell-bent on rescuing Snigdha from the clutches of the terrorists. The reason – he is an undercover journalist who has infiltrated the terrorist outfit only to get hold of their dirty secrets and to destroy them when the moment is right. What happens now is quite obvious, Snigdha and Roshan share mutual feelings for each other.
So will they fall in love? Will Snigdha ever be safe again? Will Roshan be able to rescue her? Will they ever will be able to do destroy the terrorist outfit? Find out this and much more about what happens to Snigdha and Roshan in this exciting new novel.
Flames Of Paradise is a fast-paced novel laced with just the right amount of drama, emotions, love and most important action. At no point, the story seemed slow to progress. In fact, the brevity of the narration kept the things interesting until the end. I liked the characters too, both Snigdha and Roshan knew well how to charm the audience. I also liked Dimple and Nitin as both were quite unique in their own ways.
The writing style as already mentioned was classy and kept the audience (read me) hooked till the end. The climax was okay but then what more can you expect from a love story. The book’s cover is the only thing which I felt could have used a bit more help as the rest all was absolutely fantastic. All in all Flames Of Paradise is a good read and I would definitely recommend it to all my readers.