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– October 30, 2017
Thank you, Literoma Publishing Services and the author, for providing me with the e-book copy.
A debut novel by the author, I had a rather mixed review while reading the book. To begin with, there are some points I liked, such as the unconventional love story of Atul and Neha with the urban storyline is a good change for the readers. The character of Neha, her bold and outright personality also brings a freshness in the concept of the typical notion of Indian women (which we get to see in the character of Simran) as a rather plain-Jane. That she is not put in a negative shade is a good relief and also breaks the stereotypes
The title of the book is good and goes with the theme. However, the cover design could have been made better. The narrative style and language are quite weak comparatively and there are plenty of areas that need improvement. There are certain editing errors and narrative errors that need correction otherwise it will mar the entire reading the story, one such error is on page 84 of the text where the author confuses the name of Simran with Neha. As I said, the theme is good and realistic, only little bit proper editing could have made the story a success.
From my end, I’ll give this book 3/5.
– November 5, 2017
Thanks to Literoma and Author for gifting a review copy of the book. ‘Clandestine Waters’ by Sumit Vanjani is a noteworthy effort by ‘Literoma Publishing Services’. The most commendable point about the entire attempt is that as a publishing agency, Literoma did a fantastic job by encouraging and working on a novella written in simple Indian English. Even though Novels and short stories always had familiarity amongst the reader fraternity, novella had not much been explored as a genre in India. We hope this book acts as one of the initial steps in building this much needed genre.
Coming to the story part, ‘Clandestine Waters’ is the story of Neha and Atul – starting from how their love bloomed from an app cab ride to the various turns and twists of their romantic journey. The narrative is good. However, at times the story looked a bit dragged. Example, contentwise it would have better suited as a short story than a novella. This may result in the reader losing interest after the first few pages. If Sumit wants to grow as an author, he will have to focus more on building much stronger plots with better built climaxes.
Readers looking for a quick passing love story, should read the book to explore two easy-to-relate characters and their story. The lucid writing style ensures the reader can finish the book off in a single sitting. Happy reading!!
Overall, the book is an instance of wonderful effort by Literoma and Author. Recommended for generic reading.
– November 5, 2017
Thanks to Literoma and Author for gifting a review copy of the book. ‘Clandestine Waters’ by Sumit Vanjani is a a promising debut of author Sumit Vanjani. A big thanks to ‘Literoma Publishing Services’ and Sristisukh for helping these young & budding writing talents to become published authors.
The interest sparks about the book immediately when a reader looks at the cover page. It’s a fantastically designed cover which appeals to the conscious and sub-conscious parts of the mind. The content of the book keeps the promises made by the cover. Sumit is an award winning speaker and it got reflected in his story telling style. With a very simple choice of words Sumit ensured the story is weaved in a proper manner.
However, there are scopes for improvement in the editing front. It highly lacked the professional touch. There have been some name mismatches in the contents. However, as a debutante venture that can be neglected. But from the next titles, the author needs to safeguard against this point if he wants to offer a seamless reading experience to his readers.
As a reader, irrespective of the fact whether you like or don’t like love stories go ahead and explore this novella. It will be worth giving a read. Overall, the book is a praiseworthy effort by Literoma and Author. Recommended for young adults.
– November 7, 2017
Just completed the book, I am happy to share the thoughts that are uppermost in my mind.
This is a brilliant book by a first time author Sumit. This book is a page turner. I completed this book in two sittings.
The cover of the book is attractive and the title is very interesting.
It is a great work to read for young students to inspire about life and its different phases.
Loved the charecters of Mr.Atul and Ms.Neha. So many young readers can relate their story in this book.
I personally liked this sentence.
‘Something caught his eye – an unknown number!
The message read “Happy New Year. No ac needed. Neha.”
Chapter number two on texting is one of the best that I have read so far.
I will rate this book as 4/5
– November 7, 2017
Thank you, Literoma Publishing Services and the author, for providing me with the review copy.
A debut novel by the author, I had a rather mixed review while reading the book. The title of the book is good and goes with the theme. It’s a novella of only 105 pages so you can have a quick read of the book.
The plot reflects realism and there is a vivid description of the city of Kolkata and the changes it has embraced with modern urbanization. The unconventional love story of Atul and Neha offers a fresh change to the readers. The art of characterization is good. The characters are quite real and exist in the day to day world. The character of Neha, her bold and outright personality brings a freshness to the concept of the typical notion of Indian women (which we get to see in the character of Simran) as a rather plain-Jane. That she is not put in a negative shade is a good relief and also breaks the stereotypes. We see the strength of her character as she asks Atul to lead a normal life if she dies. The broken marriage of Barnali stands in sharp contrast to the platonic love of Atul and Neha and shows the juxtaposition between romance before and after marriage. Also, we see the strength in the character of Simran whom we believed to be a stereotype when Atul confesses about his clandestine affair with Neha to her. She acknowledges his honesty and the fact that she will not come to know the truth from some third person post their marriage shows that she too has a mind of her own even if she is not ready to drop the suffix ‘ji’ while addressing her would be husband and ready to follow him like a shadow all her life.
There is a space for improvement in the narrative technique, style and the language of the novel. There are also few editing errors which, I feel, could have been easily avoided. The climax of the novel is good and the author keeps the pace until the end. Actually, the last few chapters draw the interest to the story.
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