The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta

The Tree with a Thousand Apples- is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement. It is a socio-political thriller set in Kashmir from 1990 to 2013 and is a coming-of-age novel that depicts the lives of three children and the choices destiny forces them to make, The stylised layered format, fast-paced narration and suspenseful storytelling make for a powerful, gripping read. Mumbai, 2017- The book authored by Sanchit Gupta and published by Niyogi Books was launched at Kitaab Khana, Mumbai with eminent journalist, media person and producer Mr. Pritish Nandy, as Chief Guest, unveiling the book, On asking about his motivations behind writing this book based in Kashmir, the author said- ‘In one word- Empathy. I lived in Kashmir in 2009 and saw a 12 year old Kashmiri Muslim boy sit beside a 20 year old Indian Army soldier sipping cups of Kahwa together. A very good friend of mine is a Kashmiri Pandit. I have heard stories from all of them, and I have seen that they are all right in their own world, yet wrong in each other’s. I just wanted to tell their story as honestly as I could.’ Taking the stage, he gripped the 40+ gathering with a riveting narrative of one of the excerpts of the book which talked

 

The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta

The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta

about the return of an exiled Kashmiri Pandit to Srinagar after a gap of twenty years, after he receives a letter from his childhood Kashmiri Muslim friend, Mr. Pritish Nandy too lauded the book and the publisher when he said- ‘The book and it’s characters moved me deeply, especially he author’s unbiased narrative on a complicated issue like Kashmir. I wish the author success and congratulate the publisher for choosing and publishing remarkable titles like these.’A unique story of three childhood friends from Kashmir, the book has received tremendous critical and reader appreciation. While DNA India called the book- ‘Unforgettable, stays with you long after you have read it’, The Tribune wrote in its review- ‘Unforgiving, vivid and profound’. The Citizen called the book ‘Heart-breaking’ while The Lallantop, India Today in its review said- ‘Unputdownable, doesn’t let you go’. Aaj Tak wrote- ‘The impactful

The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta

The Tree with a Thousand Apples
by Sanchit Gupta

narration and powerful characters immerse you in a beautiful ride of kashmir, and before you know, fills you with rage’ The book has received 100+ 5 star reviews from readers at Goodreads and Amazon with several comparing it to The Kiterunner and writing to as emotionally intense as Khaled Hosseini and as gripping as Dan Brown’s. The

screenplay based on the book has also been long-listed at Sundance Screenwriters’ lab 2017, United States, previous winners of it being Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur and Geetu Mohan Das’ Insha-allah, Mr. Nandy exhorted the audience to keep an open mind and not pass judgments or take sides, rather shape an informed opinion based on facts. He seconded the author’s opinion to one of the questions by

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