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I'd recommend it.
Reviewed in India on 16 October 2019
In enemy hands is a short story that revolves around the conflict in Kashmir post the abolition of article 370. Relevant to the themes of terrorism and patriotism, the story is about a soldier of the Indian army who has been wounded in a battle. While fighting for his survival, he meets Zoya and through her, he learns the perspective of normal people who have been caught up in a war that isn't theirs and the one they didn't have any say in. The story takes a contrasting view on the issue where the reader gets to know the life of those who are fighting in the war and those who want nothing but peace. This book is capable of striking important conversations and makes you ask some real questions. The ending hints at peace but neither is it conclusive nor it would've been relevant since I personally believe we've a long way to go even if we've come so far in the past few years. The writing style is simple and easy to read but the narration isn't as effective as I was expecting, it feels monotonous which takes away the edge from the story. The romance aspect overpowers the premise of the story which I found disappointing. Nonetheless, it is a book that is thought provoking and capable of inspiring a conversation. I'd recommend it.