The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta | Review


Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all.

While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will.

Twenty years later destiny brings them to a crossroads again, when they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. While both compassion and injustice have the power to transform lives, will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints?The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement. The stylized layered format, fast-paced narration and suspenseful storytelling makes for a powerful, gripping read.


Sanchit Gupta


Niyogi Books

Release date:

November 15th 2016

No. of Pages:

Hardcover, 284 Pages

This is a beautifully written book under a very beautiful cover. The story revolves around three Kashmiri childhood friends Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar. The authors writing style is simple, yet very gripping.

After breezing through some of the reviews, I started to read this book with very high expectations. This novel exceeded them and left me completely overwhelmed.
An eye opener. A perspective changer. It made me cry and it tied my stomach in a knot multiple times.

I read through some pages pressing one of my hands on my mouth, wishing for what was happening to end and for the characters to stop suffering. It was also difficult to read because of the story line itself. It was hard to read the things the characters were going through, some of it was heart breaking.


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