Online Novel Reading

Famous Indian AuthorsOnline novel reading – Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar

The advent of electronic books and dedicated book readers from Kindle and now most of the smart phones have opened up a whole lot of options for the new generation and those who prefer to read a novel on the electronic media. Most of the copy righted books which are sold online also now give up to 10% of the novel for a reader to preview online before making the decision to buy the novel.

Are the current new generation really reading as much as they did in the past? Are teens doing online novel reading, or are they all more in to videos and such formats and have lost focus on book reading and online novel reading. There are some of the teens who do most of their reading online or in digital formats. The audio books in India seem to be more popular with the older lot than with the new generation. Then there is the all important question of who reads how much of fiction online and how much of nonfiction, newspapers, magazines, and websites? Given that there is a plethora of the audio visuals and videos that have pervaded the market would it be possible for the todays young generation to read just as much as teens in the past. In todays changing digital media market and technology the methods and formats of reading are so different from the older generations, it is not easy to fathom the true levels of adolescent literacy leisure activities and what percentage of it is online novel reading.

The facility of online novel reading has benefited many since it does not require a tablet or e-reader. You can do online novel reading, in your internet browser. Guru Google and the internet remains a powerful tool to find products we need. With more and more content getting digitized, most of the readers may not have to go to a bookstore to preview the book before buying it.

Some of the sites are below for online novel reading where you can read books online from the first to the last page. They give the information of the choice of titles and a detailed description. There are also some tips on how to improve reading experience, when reading a book in your internet browser.

Project Gutenberg is a good e-book site for online novel reading. It started in 1971, when a first e-book ever was created, Ebooks from Project Gutenberg are well prepared for online novel reading.

Internet Archive Founded in 1996, is a non-profit organisation offering free access to digital or digitized content for online novel reading. The offer includes books, images, videos, or audio files with well over 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain e-books and other text files. One of the interesting features on Internet Archive is the text-to-speech function for online novel reading.

Open Library : The site is actually Internet Archive’s separate project, more focused on collecting library records for online novel reading. The site claims to have 6 million authors and 20 million books.

Google Books : A huge collection of books that Google scanned and turned into viewable files is now available on Google to facilitate online novel reading.

Smashwords It’s an advanced site with e-books from independent authors and publishers for online novel reading. There are currently around 300,000 from over 100,000 authors.

Blurb It is one of the important self-publishing sites, where you can find a number of well designed e-books for online novel reading.

Scribd The service is often described as YouTube for documents and online novel reading. There are millions of docs available here: comics, presentations, brochures – and books.

Wattpad Canada-based Wattpad is another one of the popular e-reading communities in the world for online novel reading. The site supports over 20 languages.

Bookish: If you care about the user interface and a pleasure of reading, you should definitely try Bookish for online novel reading. The service has good book reading interface.

24Symbols : Another interesting book startup to watch for online novel reading . You can connect with your Facebook account.

“Their fears, their anxiety, their love and new found feelings, Dhalaudhar looked over everything from a distance. Constant it was, they could speak their heart out to it and it kept all their secrets.”
Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar would qualify well in Indian Literature as the first book written by debutant author Kochery C Shibu. The novel showcases the extensive knowledge the author has about the life and people in the Dhauladhar region and of hydroelectric projects, which, I believe was the domain he worked in. Finishing a novel is a feat in itself and the author’s efforts are commendable.
The book starts with Nanda, who according to the description on Goodreads, is the protagonist. He is running from the law and his past is revealed in a back-story. There are three stories of the main protagonists which run in parallel. Possibly first of its kind in Indian Literature. For the rest of the book, he meets new people and looks at the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar ranges. All the new people he meets have stories which are told as back-stories. Back-stories are a good way of introducing a new character.I enjoyed reading some of the back-stories in this book. One of the unique features of this book with a difference was that there were many characters in the book and each one’s past was revealed with the story starting from three generations before they were born. The strength of the book is in its details and it tells of the author’s attention to detail, and you end up keeping track of so many characters. One does concede that it becomes difficult for the reader at times to decide with whom you need to sympathies with even though you are empathizing with so many characters in the novel.
Another interesting feature of this author is the very different plot. So many characters are introduced and each one is shown to be headed for the project in the Dhauladhar ranges. It is only at the end of the novel that the reader realizes that each one had a role to play in a plot that is developing in many dimensions.I expected something similar to happen with the story, only to be taken by surprise with so many twists and turns in the development of the novel. I grant that the author might have meant the Dhauladhar to be a meeting point for characters with incredible pasts and indomitable spirits, in many ways another new in Indian Literature.
The author has covered extensively the life in the Dhauladhar and of the villagers. The novel covers the customs and traditions, the simplicity of the villagers and their struggle to come to terms with the winds of change that blows when a mega project is set up in the area. The life of the shepherd community is covered well through the eyes of Mangu Ram who is representative of the village, their aspirations and dreams.
Another aspect has been the folklore and traditions of the villagers covered in the novel. The stories of Kurla- Kurli and many such brings the reader very close to the life of the villagers. There is always an impression of the happiness of the villagers in the simple life that they are leading that the author is trying to convey. May be one cannot be blamed for even beginning to believe that there could be an impression being conveyed that it is the city folks who are bringing miseries to the village life. Some of the traditions being followed in marriages and the ceremonies have been well brought out in the novel.
The life of the workers in the camp is an amazing insight. The relationship between the petty and the thekkedar, the thekkedar and the labour mate and the other many characters have been well brought out . Of course there always the heart wrenching stories of so many of them who are struggling to make a living and risking their limb and life for a few rupees more. Some times the helplessness of the workers seems so distressing even to the reader. Even in distress there are the stories of the contractors who are seen to be unethical. There is also the approach of the contractors who are indicating that the workers are better off living on the crumbs that he throws than get in to a tango with the administration.
Now, the characters. Honestly, there are so many that I wonder how the author managed to weave them together so well in the novel. Though I must confess that I don’t remember all of them. . I for one couldn’t connect with any of them and I didn’t understand why some of them behaved the way they did. The well accomplished and talented dancer doctor Rekha falling in love with a terrorist and for that matter the arc between Khusru and Rekha, for example, was ridiculous.
Writing wise, the book is written well, and there is a freshness to the writing that is amazing. The classic style writing with the life of the villagers and the project workers form a very interesting part and a very different style of writing within the novel.The author has made deliberate efforts to bring in so many Indian languages in this effort. As the reader gets lost in the world of the life of the construction workers and the nuances of the relations ship in a camp site, one cannot stop but wonder about the life in such places.
In a foodie verdict it can be said that this book is like Dhanshak, tangy, savoury and delicious. Overall, this book turned out to be like a collection of short stories when each character is taken into account while the author has tried to link them together by putting them here and there in the book.

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