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Book Review: Beneath the Surface, by Sherry Duggal

Emotions are some of the most important facets of life. They come from within us, and help us to express both with words, and without. For me, as a poet, it’s easier to express in poetry.

I’ve read a book that was completely in the form of letters from one person to the other. In Beneath the Surface, Sherry Duggal brings a story that’s almost completely in the form of poems.

The book explores the life of the protagonist as she goes through different dark phases one after the other and finally sees the light at the end of the tunnel. Such a life is difficult, but the solution that the author seems to suggest – “creativity” – is one that I wholeheartedly agree with. It’s something that I can understand easily.

The flipside to the book is, expectedly, that the depth the author portrays in prosaic poetry is not always understandable. It’s because poetry is not everyone’s cup of tea. It makes the book feel heavy, and kind of difficult to engage.

The cover design and the concept of the book are two things I applaud about this book. But it’s at most a one-time read, and a heavy one at that.

The Bookworm Rates This: 3/5
The Bookworm Rates This: 3/5
Book Details
Title: Beneath the Surface
Author(s): Sherry Duggal Genre: Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: 9789384226428 Publisher: Frog Books / Leadstart
No. of Pages: 100 Price: Rs. 125

Reviewed for the publisher, who gave me a copy of the book. The views expressed here are my own, frank and uninfluenced.

(© 2nd April 2015)



Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.