‘Undoubtedly, My Saffron Garden was a playground for Farishtey and Djinns. The tiny flora in the lush meadow tiptoed upwards as lithe as ballet dancers while they hobnobbed with the tinted winged butterflies’.......... Year 1988, the two Superpowers
of the world, U.S.A. and U.S.S.R., embroiled in their cold war. Each vying to outdo the other in its quest for terrain, a terrain saturated with oil.
As the Soviet troops leave Afghanistan.............. Our Indian borders bleed at their most breathtaking yet strategic point..... Kashmir. Jihad unleashes its angst. Roshina Kapoor, headstrong and feisty, born and bred in Kashmir. Aafaq Qazmi, principled Muslim elitist, reciprocates Roshina’s love for him with unbridled ardour. Heena Qazmi, Aafaq’s sister and Roshina’s best friend. All three young adults fiercely possessive of each other as well as their beautiful state and the Kashmiriyat they symbolise. The ‘Saffron Garden’ was theirs. Why in 2015 does Roshina return to Sopore without her lover and best friend? Why does the Saffron Garden scare her? Is it because she is a Kafir? Will Roshina ever find closure and love or will her past catch up with her and wreak havoc in her life yet again?
Dr. Roxy Arora is a Dental Surgeon who has graduated from the prestigious College Of Dental Surgery, Manipal. She belongs to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and has spent many a summer holiday in the beautiful valley. Roxy Arora possesses firsthand experience of exodus and war zones as she had just cleared her twelfth grade from the Indian School Kuwait, when President Saddam Hussein invaded the oil rich kingdom.
Back in her home town of Jammu, the plight of the evicted Kashmiris tugged at her heart and felt so akin to her own exile.
This Novel expresses the author's fervent request for Religious tolerance and World peace. It has been written especially for all the people belonging to the exquisite state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Let us pledge to bring back to life the essence of ‘Kashmiriyat’ to the place which was once known to the whole world as ‘Paradise on earth’.