March 04, 2017

Book Review: Beneath a rougher sea by Susmita Bagchi

Beneath a rougher sea

Author: Susmita Bagchi
Publisher: Jufic Books (Leadstart Publishers)
Rating: 3.5/5

“Calling it lunacy makes it easier to explain away the things we don't understand.”
― Megan Chance, The Spiritualist

The science of psychiatry has been accompanied by varied misbeliefs and misconceptions. It is never considered a good option to go to a psychiatrist or a counsellor, for people make a botch of it. People abstain from signing on a dotted line when it comes to a mental disability of inefficiency. ‘Beneath a rougher sea’ is a literary feat that is quite different from the usual love tales.

‘Aditya’ is a psychiatrist who believes in working ethically and honours his work. His better half, Prachi, is his support system and their personalities perfectly complement each other. The author has done an intensive research about the types of cases that the psychiatrists handle and what complications await them. The number of characters in the story is limited and the readers can understand them better. 

The story revolves around the life of Aditya, who comes at a crossroads- to choose between the reminiscent bump and his job and treat his ex’s son. Deepa’s (Aditya’s ex) entry into Aditya’s life came with a territory. Unlike all the other novellas where the protagonist is intentionally shown weak in the knees just to fit an intimate scene in the book, this novella comes with a different flavor altogether.

With simple, yet effective language, the author struck the right chord and her narration appeals to the readers. and Aditya honored it. Unlike the other fiction novellas, where there are mushy love tales and everything ends in the cloud cuckoo land, this book offers different and enriching content. The book has a personal and emotional touch. With a clear-cut explanation of the medical terms and a valid side story, the novella is interesting. There are editing errors but they can be ignored owing to the strong and gripping plot.

The title of the book is fine. The blurb is apt. Overall, the simplicity of book is what makes it a marvelous feat!

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Review copy: Provided by Leadstart Publishing

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