Rhythm Wagholikar’s Glowing Review: Sreya Sarkar’s ‘Beneath the Veneer’ Impresses

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Rhythm Wagholikar’s Glowing Review: Sreya Sarkar’s ‘Beneath the Veneer’ Impresses 

Author and celebrated commentator, Rhythm Wagholikar, delves into the pages of Sreya Sarkar’s debut novel, “Beneath the Veneer,” with eager anticipation. This gripping tale follows the intertwined lives of six women, serving as a poignant narrative of empowerment, resilience, triumph, love, solidarity, and a myriad of other emotions. At its core, the book navigates the harrowing realms of human trafficking and the insidious flesh trade industry.

Wagholikar’s review resounds with unequivocal praise as he immerses himself in Sarkar’s masterful storytelling. He applauds the author’s deft handling of intricate plotlines and multifaceted characters, all of which converge to paint a vivid portrait of female strength and camaraderie. Through Sarkar’s lens, the struggles and victories of these women come alive, resonating deeply with readers.

He writes ‘ Sreya Sarkar’s debut novel, “Beneath the Veneer,” is a captivating exploration of the lives of six women in the vibrant imaginative town of Rangbihar, situated near the bustling city of Delhi. Through her expert storytelling, Sarkar delves into the dark underbelly of woman trafficking while simultaneously celebrating the unwavering strength and resilience of women.

What truly sets this novel apart is its portrayal of women banding together in solidarity. Sarkar masterfully crafts a diverse cast of characters, ranging from a determined lawyer to a compassionate doctor, from a celebrated Arjuna awardee athlete to a resilient pickle factor owner, from a humble house helper to a determined housewife turned banking clerk. Despite their differing backgrounds and circumstances, these women form an unlikely yet powerful bond that reflects the complexities and richness of womanhood.

The narrative unfolds at a gripping pace, filled with suspenseful twists and turns that keep the reader on the edge of their seat. However, amidst the thrilling plot developments, there are instances where the story veers into clichés, such as the presence of an ashram linked to the flesh trade, young girls ensnared in forbidden love affairs, and women elevated to the status of deities during Navratri festivities. While these elements add to the dramatic tension of the narrative, the book turns a complete thriller.

Through the trials and triumphs of characters like Rani, Gunjan, Kesri, Falguni, Farzeen, and Asha, Sarkar beautifully illustrates the essence of womanhood—of overcoming fears, doubts, and societal expectations to carve out one’s own path. Her writing exudes a professional quality that defies the expectations of a debut novel, showcasing her innate talent and expertise as a storyteller.’

The climactic ending delivers a satisfying resolution to the story, leaving readers with a profound sense of closure and fulfillment. As a debut novel, “Beneath the Veneer” stands as a testament to female solidarity and resilience in the face of adversity, making it a fitting read for women empowerment.  If you crave intricate, women-centric plots layered with depth and emotion, look no further than Sreya Sarkar’s compelling debut’ . 

In his review, Wagholikar commends Sarkar for crafting a narrative that not only entertains but also sparks meaningful reflection on pressing social issues. He highlights the importance of stories like “Beneath the Veneer” in shedding light on the dark realities of human trafficking while championing the resilience and strength of those affected by it.
Rhythm further states ‘The narrative unfolds with expert precision, weaving together suspenseful twists and heart-wrenching moments in equal measure. Wagholikar acknowledges the novel’s ability to keep readers on the edge of their seats, propelled by a relentless pace that mirrors the urgency of its subject matter. Despite the gravity of the themes explored, Sarkar infuses the story with moments of hope and resilience, offering a glimmer of light amidst the darkness.’ 

As Wagholikar delves deeper into the layers of “Beneath the Veneer,” he finds himself captivated by its thematic depth and emotional resonance. Sarkar’s portrayal of the complexities of human nature, particularly within the context of gender dynamics, earns his admiration. Through her nuanced characterizations and insightful commentary, she deftly navigates the intricacies of womanhood, offering a compelling exploration of identity, agency, and empowerment.

Rhythm Wagholikar’s review serves as a testament to the literary prowess of Sreya Sarkar and the enduring relevance of “Beneath the Veneer.” Through his words, he invites readers to embark on a journey of discovery and empowerment, guided by the powerful voices of the women at the heart of this remarkable tale.

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