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“Land - you can’t burn it like money, you can't melt it like gold. You can only buy it, sell it, snatch it, grab it. Titles change, governments change, times change but the land stays where it is unmoved and sterile. That is its beauty. But, somewhere deep down, men want to grab its immortality and slip it into their horribly insecure lives. They never can but they never w“Land - you can’t burn it like money, you can't melt it like gold. You can only buy it, sell it, snatch it, grab it. Titles change, governments change, times change but the land stays where it is unmoved and sterile. That is its beauty. But, somewhere deep down, men want to grab its immortality and slip it into their horribly insecure lives. They never can but they never will stop trying.”Gurgaon, circa 1998. A city is being born. Ordinary farms are turning into virtual goldmines in the shadow of lofty skyscrapers. Agastya, whose days are numbered, lords over one such estate. He realizes it’s time to pass on the legacy to the next generation his estranged sons, Pranay and Karan who will come from Delhi with blemished pasts, base aspirations and a woman who would divide them. And then, not unlike the Mahabharata, the land would become the stage where their greed, affections and deepest fears would struggle and suffocate. No one would leave the place unscathed, if they would leave at all....

Title : No Man's Land
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ISBN : 9788172344825
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Number of Pages : 295 Pages
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No Man's Land Reviews

  • Jaideep Khanduja
    2019-01-31 15:04

    Book Review: No Mans Land: A Slowly Unraveling Interesting Fiction Story By Nilesh ShrivastavaNo Man's Land written by Nilesh Shrivastava is an interesting fiction story that unravels slowly as you go by the pages and gradually invokes an engrossing interest in the story. While you read and turn each next page you reach a level, somewhere in the middle of the book that you inquisitively start asking yourself - what next? The story in a way connects you with various characters while getting into their pains, fights and sorrows; but without getting too intense or disturbed, or losing interest in the story. No Man's Land is a story of generations. There are three generations that pass through a number of consequences and changes happening within and outside. The story begins with Ramdev who is a small time shopkeeper engaged in selling paints. Gradually when his son, Agastya, takes the reigns of business, he turns it around into a bigger horizon by opening various branches in various cities. Agastya falls out for a girl, Shailja, who is 8 years elder to him or probably it is the girl who falls for him first. Both stay in neighborhood and Shailja's father works for Agastya's father, Ramdev. Gradually Agastya crosses his school and college days and reaches to a marriageable stage where he is forced by his father to tie up knots with some decent girl. Shailja, who has already got married, on the wishes of her father, is still in contact with Agastya. Agastya, though having certain long term commitment towards Shailja, even though they are not together, decides to marry Shubhangi, one of the many proposals brought to him by his father Ramdev. Ramdev probably knew about the untold and undisclosed relationship between Agastya and Shailja. The third generation comes with the two step brothers - Pranay and Karan with two binding forces between them - one coming from their grandfather's time - Shaswat and a girl Shreya.But so far I have not mentioned anything about the land though the title says No Man's Land. Well, the land is there - 50 acres of land in one of the villages in Gurgaon that was bought by Ramdev at a time when it had no value. When a dispute grows during the well running business, betwen Ramev, Agastya and Agastya's brother-in-law; Agastya decides to call it off and requests his father to give him that barren, no value, isolated land to him. There is a lot more about this land that turns its faces from an unwanted barren land to a land that becomes a desire of many people to acquire or grab. Overall No Man's Land by Nilesh Shirvastava is an interesting read to go for...

  • S.Ach
    2019-02-18 11:53

    I couldn't like this book, not because the book is badly written, but because, probably, I am not one of its target audience. It read like a pre-script for a Bollywood masala movie, and probably that's what it was intended to be, having roped in John Abraham to recommend its merits. I can agree with him regarding it having the potential of becoming a page turner, but sadly I couldn't find the elements of thought provocation, that he did. I've this notorious record of not being appreciative of books that get phenomenal success later on. I didn't like Vikas Swarup's Q & A, which turned into an 8-Oscar winning hollywood movie. I hated Arvind Adiga's "The White Tiger" which got him the Booker. And there are many such examples.... So, I won't be surprised if this becomes a Bollywood Blockbuster soon. My apologies to the author for not being able to provide a favourable rating.

  • Senthilkumar Rajappan
    2019-02-20 12:51

    I am reminded of the poem by Lord Tennyson on The brook where he says the following: For men may come and men may go, but I go on forever. A little analogy of the river to land would be read like this, men may come and men may go but I stay on forever.Vagaries of nature and the way it has affected us and the everlasting inspiration for man to control nature is always beset with troubles and problems which extends to generations.Here in this novel, No Man’s Land the author Nilesh Shrivastava very vividly takes us through a myriad of relationship of the characters in the novel , the relationships between a father and a son, an estranged father to a bastard son and of a wife and a mistress and much more revolving all around a piece of land which today is valued at crores and crores of rupees. And as they say every land has a history and the story unravels with its past and a tumultuous present.With a setting as real as the Gurgaon realty, it is but natural that the author makes a piece of land infact a farmland the central theme of the novel. Around the land are characters built with unique perspective to what it means to them and there you go a scintillating story of men and women who take you on the ride with their whims and fancies taking over them. I also found the naming of the characters pretty telling especially Karan and the uncle Dushyanth. Not to miss Agastya, Pranay the narrator of this tale, Shreya his girl friend et al. The characters themselves stand out for whatever they are good bad and in between moderate voices. The story moves very fast and why not the life is fast as ever. There are times when it goes on expected lines and times when you get the twist at the unexpected times. There is romance, there is stalking, there is betrayal , treachery, deceit in optimum doses and these get played right in front of you as you turn the pages. Fast paced and well thought of plot this will leave you dazed and show a picture of what’s happening around you.The author has succeeded to bring three generations in a seamless time frame with the change in perceptions and how ethics and things have changed and redefined themselves in the days they live.May be sometimes the author’s been harsh on those characters but in the end he brings home peace suggesting that there are more things to life than those who value money or the land. If you think hard, probably every land is No man’s Land.Pick this book for a fast paced read, you will finish this before know it. Some images will leave an imprint, sometimes you might see them in the realtor next door.

  • Richard Abbott
    2019-01-21 12:47

    No Man’s Land, by Nilesh Shrivastava, was a book I bought as part of a long-term plan to get to know Indian authors and writing. So unlike many of my choices it is set pretty much in the present day – the main action occurs in the late 1990s, with some flashback events set about twenty years earlier than that. Not everyone will like this book: it deals with the inter-personal relationships and conflicts in a small family rather than having grand political or military scope.The crux of the story is a stretch of land between Delhi and one of the new technology cities which have sprung up nearby (Gurgaon, to the south-west). The land has traditionally been farmed and can provide an adequate though not lavish income: with the explosive demand for building work it now has the potential to be worth a considerable fortune. As such, it becomes the focus of a family feud.Now, it is clear from occasional comments in the book that the plot draws from traditional Indian literature, in particular the Mahabharata. My knowledge of this is quite scanty, but fortunately I was able to get some pointers from Indian friends. I suspect that a greater familiarity with both the history and myth of India would open up other dimensions of this book which remained largely opaque to me. Even without that, though, there is enough here of humanity’s common sources of comfort and conflict that the story hangs together well.For me, this was a four star book. I would have liked there to be more times when Nilesh’s obvious skills of lyrical writing came to the fore. One character, Shashwat, a family advisor and confidant, is well placed to offer words at a deeper level, but all too rarely does so. I found myself longing for more times when he was given the opportunity to speak. However, like the others he is to a great degree caught up in his particular fate – this is part of the tragedy of the situation that each character tries without real success to surmount.This book worked for me in part because I am strongly motivated to read about north India, and especially the area around Delhi. I do feel that it would have been more powerful if the deeper background such as that of the Mahabharata had been brought into sharper focus. That would not only have satisfied my regular desire for historical fiction, but would also moved the characters onto a wider stage than they reached in No Man’s Land. All in all a good read, but one which could have done more with the material to hand.

  • VaultOfBooks
    2019-01-28 13:01

    When I finished reading this book there were few questions in my mind-How many amazing stories get lost in the maze of one-star reviews by people who actually don’t understand them? How many authors’ careers go stagnant because their book didn’t reach its exact audience? A few “connoisseurs” of story and writing judged that this book was totally crap and therefore should not exist. So let me clear this out in the first paragraph itself – there could be arguments about the style of this book but not quality. You can choose to say “This is not my kind of book” but NOT “this books sucks”. I love this book because it is to be loved. If you have enough time, I’m going to recommend you must sit down and read this one straight through.Nilesh Shrivastava’s ‘No Man’s Land’ has neatly packed three generations in 290 pages. The book has slight hint of inspiration from Mahabharata and true to it, so many emotions and lives in this novel are opposites—life and death, love and hate, good and evil, yin and yang—but nothing is black and white. The story had adopted the essence of Mahabharata and divorced it, as well, when it was required to keep the originality of the book intact.‘No Man’s Land‘ is story of Agastya and his two enstranged sons, Pranay and Karan. There is complexities of relationships be it of Agastya or Shailja. Karan and Shreya or say, Shreya and Pranay. As the book goes through its myriad twists and turns you realize how convincingly true the characters are. How Shashwant remained a pillar of strength throughout for Agastya. Once an antagonist, how practical and harmless Dushyant was. Every character in the book is pushed by age and turbulence of thoughts – the only thing that remained constant through out the book is 50 acres of land on which Nilesh has cultivated this lush green ripening story. A story huge and big enough to provide relief under its shadows this summer.‘No Man’s Land‘ has got everything right and balanced. It is the kind of beauty that is rare in Indian lit circle, and for that the book merits a definite recco.Originally reviewed at, a close-knit community of fanatical readers. We are looking for perceptive readers who can write well, and we are eager to provide lots of free books in exchange for reviews. Shoot us a mail at [email protected]

  • Vishal Kale
    2019-02-13 15:58

    From start to finish, the book is an enthralling and absorbing read. It is a compelling story, tragic in some ways, heart-warming in others. The narrative is powerful, engaging and disturbing - despite this, it is a puller, as it doesn't leave a tinge in your heart. Instead, it keeps you wondering what will happen next. This is a book to be savoured slowly; it is not a book to read in 2 hours and throw. It is a book to be relished, read slowly and absorbed - letting the characters grow into youThe characterisation has focussed more on the internal attributes that make up each individual in this kaleidoscope on the life of Agastya. You dont form an image of the person as such; but you get deep insights into the personality of each individual. In keeping with the story, each character has several tones, and does not fit into any stereotype. This is a grey story - and all the people are grey - Ramdev, Shubhangi and Shashwat apart, who manage to shine like diamonds in an otherwise amoral bunch of rascals. It is a very involved, deep and multi-layered story, focussing on individual relationships, the pulls and pressures that operate on each person, the desires and ambitions of each, and the thoughts and the reactions - which make for a highly charged, passionate, deep and intense human story. It is not a make-believe world, it comes across as a real-world situation, where each character is given several choices - and the choices actually chosen determine the story, and are dependent on the personality of each person. It has been very well presented, and keeps the interest alive throughout. The pace is just right for such a deep, multi-layered and intensely human story - slow but not languorous, deliberate but not boring. The reader tends to flow alongwith the story, getting involved, getting angry and frustrated at that fool Agastya, getting angry at the machinations of Dushyant. You start to identify with each character deeply, which indicated that somewhere along the line, the author has managed to make a deep and lasting connect with the reader...

  • Madhusmita
    2019-02-20 17:46

    This book was sent to me by the publishers of the book – Fingerprint Publishing, in exchange of an honest review. I am very thankful to them for sending me a copy of the book.I readily agreed for accepting a copy of the book for reviewing because the blurb was interesting. Also the book promised something very different from the usual things recent new Indian writers are writing about. And I was not disappointed. :)The author has done a good job in painting the characteristics of each one of the characters, making them very realistic. In fact the characters drive the story forward. Read full review here - Shrivastava

  • Somyajeet
    2019-02-01 15:10

    Men are now machines full of want and desire for success. We look to the sky but forget look down to see what we are standing upon. This story is a, beautifully crafted, roller-coaster of emotions, desires, ambitions and relations, at least till the last few chapters. Thought that the flow of the story will try to show the strong character of the human race. It will show through the characters depicted here 'the will' to bounce back, to stand strong against all odds and especially coming of different parts of a family puzzle together. But all it was just the current reality and trend of 'compromising' to just 'simply survive.'N: Thanks to the Author and Goodreads for the give away copy of the book.

  • Srividya
    2019-01-28 13:54

    No Man's Land by Nilesh Shrivastava is a gripping read - I read it in one go on a 2 hour flight! The story line of land and its value is very relevant in today's India, which most of the readers would be able to identify with easily. The technique of alternating the setting between the past and today is tricky to pull off, but the author does it with ease while maintaining the pace. The book stands out among the other recent books by Indian authors which are typically about modern romance/ NRIs/ call-centres and I definitely recommend this for a quick fix of a good read.

  • Vanathi Parthasarathi
    2019-02-15 12:46

    Interesting and a well written novel with a slightly disappointing climax. The author brings out the characters very well and his language is fluent with no hurdles. The climax felt sort of like a drag. Otherwise, it makes for a good and quick read.