I received the book The Wooden horse by Dr Jagdish Jagtap as a review copy long long time back and am guilty of not reviewing it earlier. So firstly, I would like to apologise to the author for being so late in reviewing and would also like to thank him for sending me a review copy of the book.
Synopsis (as provided by the author):
A picturesque village on the banks of the Krishna, is home to a temple and a mosque which share a wall.
The story centers on the peculiar friendship between Aziz and Appa.
Appa is the headman’s son, while Aziz’s is the son of the farm help. The duo are separated by class and religion but bound by belonging. Their friendship is legend. And so are the obstacles which fate throws at them.
Can a rich boy and his servant’s son be the best of friends in the worst of times?
Can a temple and a mosque share a wall?
Can Aziz and Appa’s friendship survive the turmoil that is about to start?
How much can they forgive before the tender bond of friendship snaps?
How many sacrifices can they make for each other?
With Aziz’s help will Appa woo the girl he is madly in love with?
Will he forgive her when he comes to know her secret?
Will the wall remain standing?
The story journeys through the worst of mankind, to unearth the best in men.
Hivarde, a hamlet on the banks of river Krishna, an ordinary place but for one peculiar thing-the village temple, shaded by the huge peepal tree at the centre of the village, shared a wall with the mosque. And the master, Appa had been the servant, Aziz’s, friend since childhood. Aziz’s family was the only Muslim family in the village. Things go on normally, maybe, because Appa’s father was the village headman and insisted on educating his servant’s son along with his own. Appa’s son, Ravi, does not appreciate this friendship till………….
A short and simple story which goes deep. I kept thinking about Appa and Aziz much after I finished the book. the characters have been developed well and were easy to picturise. I loved the part when both the friends bunk school just to catch a glimpse of Kusum.the story moves back and forth between the present and the past, but I nat one, lost track.