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The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky

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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 schoo
Paperback, 249 pages
Published April 18th 2016 by Leadstart Publications
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Satvika Kundu
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kashmir
I'm cynical and apprehensive almost as a rule when picking up books written by new, young authors. It is with a sense of foreboding that I open up these books, for I have been faced too often, too much, with half formed, lazy sentences, and superficial, cringeworthy characters and plot written in a (usually) grammatically incorrect pseudo language. (I might have flown off the rails a little here, but I have been disappointed just once too often). It is with the same frame of mind that I picked u ...more
Pankaj Goyal
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky by Manan Kapoor is both a powerful and thought-provoking tale about growing up in war-torn Kashmir. In fact, powerful is an understatement. The book forces you to take pauses and creates a continuous sense of unease in your minds. The author has woven the plot expertly. Beautiful but also painful, the story directly hits your heart. While the story-line is not melodramatic, reading this book may bring lumps in your throat and tears in your eyes. So, be careful!

Sarika Patkotwar
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating- 4.5

When I first heard of The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky, I was really interested because even though I have always been curious, I had never read a book set in Kashmir. The only exposure I had to a fictionalised Kashmir was the recent movie, Fitoor. There was no way I was going to skip this book; and while it took me a long time to get to it and even more time to finish it, it was worth it because this book is exceptionally beautiful. The only disadvantage (or that's what I cons
Anu Parekh
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Manan Kapoor is gifted with the ability to write beautifully. You read some books for the plot and others for the sheer love of language. This novel fulfills both the needs. It takes some time for the novel to grow on you (about 25 pages) but once the plot is set, you cannot keep it down. I kept delaying it for a while but when I finally picked it up I couldn't keep it down even after I'd finished it. laden with so many emotions, memories and situations that you face in the real life. The way he ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book Starts in Kashmir of 1991. It's the tale of three friends who go through their lives when things become difficult with the arrival of terrorism in Kashmir and departure of Kashmiri Pandits. Our heroine goes through life with her two friends one Kashmiri pandit and another Muslim boy,

People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it m
Privy Trifles
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Denim Datta
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
I received this book from Manan Kapoor, the author, in exchange of a fair and unbiased review.

The book is set in 1991, in war-torn Kashmir, and tells the story of three friends Inayat,Gul and Aaqib, their life through the "insurgency and exodus". It's really a very good novel, and that too a debut one.
The title was well crafted too. Though the cover picture is not much important aspect, but here that too is well thought.

Overall its a 4-4.5 * experience for me.

[And I don't know if my timing of r
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless. It's a remarkable and ambitious novel – an amazing feat, even more so as a first novel. I admit it is slow going at the beginning but I enjoyed settling into the mood and geography of it. I relished the small revelations and flash forwards we get with the large cast of characters that was delightful. A war book about those trying to get from one day to the next. The humanity and love in this book was breathtaking. This book is about the power of the human spirit to endure, find l ...more
Anum Hamid
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kashmir
This book is a worth a read.

The title does justice to the book, set in the beautiful but war torn Kashmir this is a story of Inyat and how her life is a bouquet of Grey flowers, with bad memories and good memories. Inayat's life is affected by the war but not as one would have precieved. She gets separated from her friend Gul due to the growing hatred for the Kashmiri Pandits. And this is just the the beginning of the miseries that follow her. The book captures grief beautifully, how grief has
Logesh Kumar Umapathi
I was planning to visit Kashmir and wanted to read a book which was set in Kashmir before the visit . So I might have some familiarity and nostalgia during the visit . It so happened that I chose this one, I should say I was not disappoint that the book helped me understand what Kashmir was in the past and what the people have gone through .

But for someone who just wanted to read this for what it is and not with an alterier motive like I had . I wouldn't recommend this. I found the characters wh
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book took me by surprise! The author has done a really good job in painting a picture of the life of people in war torn Kashmir, without a single mention of politics that prevail. The author's choice of words to describe emotions of love, friendship, hate, winter, spring and unrest in the valley seem very close to heart. It makes you pause and ponder about several emotions that unravel throughout the book. Hope! ...more
Sahil Sood
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, kashmir, india, war

The book is a true labor of love. In languid and powerful prose, the love he (Manan Kapoor) feels for his characters, and also the love they feel for each other, shines through every page of the book and makes it a thoroughly absorbing read of the year for me.
Kush Sehgal
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grieving of a sorrow sky
Really hits your emotions throughout and compels to you to think, the people who really suffer in war are the ones who want peace.
Prerna Maynil
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A thought-provoking book. It brings tears to your eyes at the end & gives you some unexpected events. Written in a simple language, Lamentations Of A Sombre Sky is that Indian authored book that surprised me beyond my imagination. It will break your heart in some parts, make you visual the episodes/events & leave you with a lot of thoughts.
A must read for all.
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a physical copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

“The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky” is a 248 page novel written by Manan Kapoor, which is divided into three distinct parts (each beginning with a short poem). The book is very hard not to rate highly because of the author’s writing style, which I could draw parallels to C.S. Lewis’s “The Chronicles of Narnia”. To elaborate, both of the authors’ narrative style is very descriptive, in third person, and is initially v
Onkar Thakur
I'm generally apprehensive of picking up books by new authors, especially one so young as Manan Kapoor. But I made an exception for this one after reading the reviews and also because there are very few works of fiction set in the Kashmir valley. At a time when the fiction scene in India has become synonymous with the tripe peddled by the likes of Durjoy Dutta and Chetan Bhagat, Manan Kapoor's 'The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky' comes as a fresh whiff of air.

I've to concede that Manan Kapoor has
Dipanshu Rawal
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Usually, a book starts with its cover and title. The title "The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky" and the cover with a fading view of snowfall and a kid on its front, is exceptionally well crafted. Lamentation means a cry of sorrow and grief. The word selection for the title is wonderful. A book is judge by its cover, It's bitter but true. And, this book scores full marks for its cover and title.

It's a dark, emotional and deep intellectual art, written by the author Manan Kapoor. The instances happe
IshIka Chandel
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lamentations of a sombre sky is a heart wrenching story of a little girl, Inayat who is succumbed to losses in war. This novel revolves around the war in state of Kashmir but thankfully it doesn't go into too much detailing about the war. It is a little slow at first but as you keep reading, the story grows on you. The novel is so beautifully written with every minute detail intact that it takes you to Inayat's world.
After I finished reading the novel, it hadn't really ended for me. It took me
Ravi Vaidya
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kashmir
A thought provoking work by the author. It is a tale of three young children, growing in the war zone of Kashmir between the insurgency and the exodus of the Kashmiri Pundits. Their hopes, joys, and sorrows are well woven throughout the narrative. Be it their cheerful smile when love knocks in their hearts or the endless tears when they lose their loved ones - all the emotions feel real as if the reader has undergone all these experiences. The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky is a beautiful narrativ ...more
Shreshta Jain
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's amazing how the author has expressed the tragedy in such an extraordinary writing. A heartbreaking hopeful beautiful amazing lovely novel. The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky tells the story of Inayat, and her relationships, focusing mainly on her friends, her father Maqbool, and mother Wahida. The author tells the story of not only the loss of her childhood but the loss of the surroundings as well. It is a wonderfully horrific story! ...more
Ipshita Kaur
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was drawn towards the book as soon as I read the title. Manan Kapoor paints such a vivid picture of the war-torn state of Kashmir, the danger that both characters face and the gradual discovery of the characters’ respective personalities. The author has exquisitely created characters who try to survive in the depressing, deplorable conditions that war so often brings. This is a dark, complex story, but one that transcends the experience of reading itself.
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Simple, easy and quick read. I read couple of books based on Kashmir. What made me enjoy this book is its portrayal of the life of a family, death, real life, hope and life in general. The story revolves around the 1990s.
Ron Wadhwa
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a young author, writing about subjects this intense. Went in expecting a flick. But I loved to have been proven wrong. The best thing was that I was kept asking for more to the story. A sure sign of a good book.
Jay Arora
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kashmir
The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky is a beautiful story. The story is gripping and moves really fast, you cannot just put it down - at least not after the first forty pages. It all seems too real. It seems to be coming from the heart of someone who has dealt with it from very close. Brilliant
Shreya Vajpei
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
When Manan told me that everyone who had read his book cried, I thought it was just a selling pitch.

But that was only until I'd read it myself.
ARsh SinGh
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good work bro!! KEEP IT UP!!
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Manan Kapoor an Indian writer and translator. A Map of Longings: The Life and Works of Agha Shahid Ali, forthcoming from Penguin Random House India, is his latest work. His debut novel The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky was shortlisted for Sahitya Akademi's Yuva Puruskar 2017. In 2019, he was a writer-in-residence at Sangam House Writers' Residency. His writings have appeared in The Caravan Magazine ...more

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