Void
Sarang Kawade

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Synopsis

Lesbians, dogs, Godmen, teenager blogger, cell phones, bedbugs, philosophy, painters and journalists have something in common: a void.

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Akhilesh

Interesting to read. But it seems that the content might misplace. The story line is wrapped up too fast. Even though eagerly waiting for complete reference.

May 05 '15
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Mar 21 '15
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JamesG

The bold themes have strong messages about social topics like homosexuals and 377, Godmen. First story was absolutely wonderful! Second was a satire which left a big impact on me. Then third story is a complete makeover from the serious tones of stories. Liked the concept of Hiccups and Bedbugs also! Look forward to read the complete book.

Feb 27 '15
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Vishal

Very exciting. Very unpredictable stories. The first two stories are very intense, while third one becomes really weird and funny. But I like the tone in every story, and how the stories have been narrated. Best wishes.

Feb 26 '15
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Feb 26 '15
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Minakhi Misra

I like how the review is a big void and the words come in later as a reply. Quite creative.

Apr 22 '15
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Suman Chhabria Addepalli

I found the first two stories about 377 and the Dog unconventional and fascinating, because they displayed the truths of human life in a thrilling and unpredictable manner. However, the bed bugs story was a bit annoying...it was a bit incredulous for me as a reader.

Feb 26 '15
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Deepak Kaul

Much too weird and edgy. If I am not mistaken, in the third story, the protagonist might have raped a dog. Thats very disturbing. If this is the kind of writing thats exciting people, thats even more disturbing. Issues of gay rights, rape, godmen can definitely be dealt with in a less dramatic way to have more impact.

Feb 25 '15
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Deepak Kaul

It's actually the second story. With a bit of editing, there might have been no confusion (at least in my mind) whether the ATM guard was the one who violated the dog! Anyhow, I read the stories again. I wish the author had put the third story first because it is the best. It narrows in on the issue (I assume delusional mental anguish caused by modern day life) without being sensationalist. The first story was too carnal and along with the hiccups, pushed the real issue in the background. In the second story, I wish the author had left out the dog and focused on the Godman, unless the analogy was that most Godmen are really mongrel rapists. But I don't know of a single Godman who repents his sins like the mongrel did! I doubt if these elements had been taken away, the writing would have come across as shallow. The intended impact might have been equally hard. As an example, I'd invite you to watch (unless you already have) Blue Is The Warmest Colour and Nymphomaniac. Even though the former won the Palm d'Or at Cannes, I felt the overemphasis in the movie on the sex scenes took away from the angst of same sex relationships, whereas in the later the overblown sex scenes did not detract from the depiction of how the protagonist eventually recognises sexual addiction as an ailment, and tries to come to terms with it. The same thing has been shown in the fabulous movie Shame. My point being (as it was in the first review), that sensationalism should not take the spotlight away from the main subject of the story, which I felt the author might have been guilty of in two of the stories. The fact that we are discussing his work, I guess he has succeeded! I would revise my rating to 3 stars, one for each story.

May 17 '15
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Minakhi Misra

Deepak ji, I just wanted to point out that the third story swings between two POVs: one, through the eyes of the ATM guard and two, through the eyes of the dog that sleeps outside it. And given these POVs, I think he has done justice to the story.

As for your assessment that the stories are too weird and edgy, I do admit that you have a valid point. However, it is exactly this edginess and weirdness that helped the stories stand out and make me think. Had they been less dramatic, I might left them as just another story, written in a shallow manner.

Apr 27 '15
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Rashi

The most impressive things are the story themes and the language used. Both are very youth-oriented and the topics will appeal to people.
The pace is breezy and the twists in the stories are bloody awesome! I loved reading this work. Only one suggestion is to name the characters to have more clarity about who is narrating when. But otherwise it's awesome!

Feb 24 '15
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Jhalak

Giving five stars because the stories are so different from the mainstream literature these days. They are very honest and bold!
The emotions of the characters feel so genuine. It should be published because it has dared to be different and unconventional!
I can say the best advantage for this book is the appeal. Casual readers and literature lovers both will like this work!. Best luck!

Feb 22 '15
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Barun Dey

All three stories are a knockout punch! Really a different style of writing, the narration was also very stylish, original.
In every story, I took some time to get used to. But, by the time you finish a story, you realize there is a twist and they end on a very different note! I want to read the whole book!

Feb 22 '15
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Manoj

The stories were really interesting!
All the stories have some message, third one is funny compared to first two! I liked the hiccups and bedbugs ideas.
I was completely hooked, want to read the complete book.

Feb 20 '15
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Kaya

This is a confident, powerful and unique style of writing. Each story made me react and think. This is what you expect from good books and good stories.
The characters are well developed with their emotions honestly and boldly expressed.
I loved how each story has conveyed the title of the book - Void in a different way.
I am impressed and would love to see what's in store next. Worth publishing ? I will say yes to that. :)

Feb 19 '15
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Harkirat Kaur

The book has taken strong stands for issues like 377, homosexuals, Godman, rapes which I liked. Author has honestly written his opinions while keeping stories interesting.
Third story is different from first two, not so serious types as it was on bedbugs.
I want to read the complete book. Good work.

Feb 19 '15
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Anushri Jain

Different shades of life has been stated by the way of short stories. Powerful emotions have been described, that to in a bold way. Nice stories, well written.

Feb 17 '15
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Feb 16 '15
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Nivedita

Must say these are very offbeat stories. They are high on content and it takes guts to present opinions boldly. Author has made sure there is a special element in every story. Something brand new which we haven't read before!
Youth will identify with the topics. So it has all the selling potential. Every broad-minded person feels 377 is retarded. First story made a really strong statement about it!
I think it is the kind of book which needs right kind of promotion to reach to people. That's it! Best of luck! I hope to see it published and read the complete book then.

Feb 11 '15
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Harshal Bhave

Most impressive thing about this book is the author's unique voice. He is not trying to ape or write like someone or write for a genre. Not just entertaining, but fearlessly bold and honest stories with a message.

The stories also show his diverse writing skills. Raw handling of lesbians and 377 in first, subtle satire on Godman and rapes in second and a funny take on Bedbugs in third. Really nice concepts used like hiccups. Hic, can't wait, hic, to read the complete book. Publish this. It is bloody good. :)

Feb 08 '15
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Kunal Parekh

Really entertaining stories. Fun to read, fast and with twists. I am interested in reading complete book.

Feb 07 '15
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Charu

The stories suck you in as they progress. This is because of the way they have been written. Not twists exactly but subtle additions to the plot. And the narration is commendable. Innovatively written and narrated, all of them.
I would love to read the complete work. This seems very interesting. More so because I am curious about the themes of the rest of the story. You don't know what's coming up for you and that's the best thing about this book so far.

Feb 07 '15
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pandustar

Really edgy stuff, something that no many conventional Indian writers would do. Keep up the good work and stay different. Remember 50 shades of grey too was a book the critics said had loads of sex in it - look how well it has done for itself.
Bottom line is that you have to enjoy what you are writing and that is exactly what II see here.
All the best

Feb 03 '15
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Vinay Patil

Unusual and stunning! The first story is one of the best short stories I have read till date.
The detailing that has gone into its titles, narration, juggling between story and satire on 377 is mind-blowing.
All other authors are mentioning 'too much sex' which seems like a herd mentality. Nobody has mentioned 377, but everybody has pin-pointed 'too much sex'. The story-telling is raw and the language has no euphemisms. May be it is too bold for some to gulp down.
Everybody missed the message it seems and just tagged it erotica. This is disappointing to be coming from authors themselves.
Anyways I want Void to be published because it is genuine literature. Entertaining, honest, bold and asking questions that make us ponder for answers. Eager to read the complete book.

Jan 26 '15
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Stuti

The title of the book itself is interesting. And the stories are even more. The entire package is exceptionally unique - the themes of stories, the plots, the characters, the incidents, the narrations.
The author has done a lot of experimentation which shows he's brave enough to take risks and tell unconventional stories unconventionally. Great job to have pulled it off! I am curious to read the entire book.
Void is worth publishing. Big thumbs up.

Jan 25 '15
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chandan tomar

The stories are very interesting..characters were real too. All stories have a message for the readers...third one was very creative. I have lived with bedbugs in college..the story brought all haunting memories back of bedbug bites. Well written and would like to read all stories.

Jan 24 '15
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Sakshi

Screamingly original!! The stories are fast reads and extremely interesting. I bet nobody could have guessed the way the stories end. What a social commentary on 377! I don't mind meaningful erotica, if it was an erotica. ;)
First two stories are absolute knock-outs. Third one is good but not in the league of the other two.

The unique narration perspectives and the way stories are titled is very innovative.
I want to read the entire book. More of such stories please.

Jan 24 '15
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roy anil

This is extremely bold work in terms of themes and opinions. Still it is nowhere close to the crass literature in the commercial Indian Book market.
I liked the way stories are written. The feelings of characters are real, raw and brazen. The short stories are built up nicely with sort of anti-climaxes.
So all in all, Void seems a book with great commercial value but also being high on the literary front. Best wishes for being published :)

Jan 23 '15
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Gayatri Dubey

Void is fascinating till now. All three stories are so quirky with even quirkier climaxes.
I just loved how the author has conveyed a message and yet written extremely creative and gripping stories. This is a unique brand of writing. The elements like hiccups, bedbugs, dogs have been used to create an exaggerated world where exaggerated events are happening. Still they felt real and I could relate to all three stories. Kudos to the author. :)
This is bloody good work and worth publishing certainly.

Jan 19 '15
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Darpan

fabulous stories..i am bloody impressed. the characters are real, honest and bold. it is a page turner...too interesting to put down. Publish it because it is written with courage...the subtle messages of the stories are worth praising. Good luck.

Jan 18 '15
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kumar malani

What I liked most was the author's writing style and narration skills. Also the themes were very offbeat. Interesting stories. Loved reading them.
But changing the order of stories would be better. There's not too much of sex. That's just plain generalization. The stories are far deeper than that. I am curious to read more. Best of luck.

Jan 18 '15
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Nisha Yadav

Publish it. I can't wait to read the rest of them. The elements used in the stories are so refreshing. Hiccups was the best one. Because I have never read hiccups being used in any kind of literature. Great metaphors used in the first story. Also telling a story from a dog's perspective and using bedbugs in third was a surprise. Really brave and honest work. Do publish it.

Jan 17 '15
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Jacob

The writing style is very distinct and the way stories have been narrated. The characters seem very real as well as their expectations and frustrations. I can relate to the fact that a man is worried for hair loss, a girl is worried for her love life and a guy is worried for his sleep. The bedbugs in the third story was a whacky twist. Didn't see it coming. The stories surprised me completely with their twists. I felt first one ended abruptly. But again it's how the author had to write.
Overall an enriching reading experience. Didn't disappoint. I want to read complete book to declare it bloody good book or not. Three stories are not enough for me to judge the book.

Jan 17 '15
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Lata Nerkar

A different reading experience. May be too bold for some. But I can see that the author has picked up topics of current interest. Lesbians, Godman, technology abusing humans and I wonder what's next in store. I definitely want to read further and complete this book. Worth publishing.

Jan 17 '15
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Tarun Jain

This is bloody good book. Third story is so weirdly beautiful yet falls short simply because the first two are brutally real and powerful. Sex was not forced into the narrative rather seemed necessary to explain the cravings of characters better.
It surely is bloody good. I want to read the entire work. Seems really interesting. I hope he gets published.

Jan 11 '15
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Piya Gaikwad

My God, this was a stunning reading experience. I have never read stories like these. The plots and their twists are so unique. Even more fabulous is the narration and the subtle changes in narrating characters. Did anyone notice that narrating voice changes after first three chapters in first story? May be it's too good and subtle to be noticed. I loved the writing style and the apt titles. Very clever use of titles for the stories. All in all, a brilliant work of fiction. I really enjoyed this. Please please publish this one.

Jan 11 '15
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Suhas Kothari

The stories are so unusual and unpredictable. Really impressed and would like to read the rest of the stories.

I just had a suggestion for the fellow readers. Let us not be quick judges of the content. There are more short stories in the book. So no need to cry foul over sex. There is a motive in using it.

Perhaps the author could have swapped second and third story. Just a suggestion since other readers are saying the work is monotonous with only erotica and rapes. I so so disagree with that. I'm sorry.

This work is fresh, unique and original. It made me think on technology, 377 and Godmen. Sex was the last thing on my mind after finishing reading. So good luck!

Jan 10 '15
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Jennifer

Intricate and brave literature, I would say. First two stories are talking about 377, rapes and Godman (burning topics of society and nation right now) and yet are thoroughly entertaining. Third story is radically different and introduces us to bedbugs. The unique writing style and the narration won me over in the third one.

This is fearless literature, trying to wander into unknown territories, reading like a commercial fiction story and yet on par with the ideas and philosophy of literary fiction.

Void should be published because this is the kind of literature India's youth needs. Please publish this beautiful work. Best wishes. :)

Jan 09 '15
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Mayuri

Narration and the story themes are so unconventional. First story mixed 377, lesbians, hiccup so beautifully. It was bold and weird but awesome to read. Second one was philosophical as well as scary. There were bedbugs in the third story. It gave me creeps and made me laugh too. This is awesome work. Very unconventional. I want to have it published. Good luck :)

Jan 08 '15
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Jan 05 '15
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Remesh

Too much sex.....but it was fun overall!!!

Jan 04 '15
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arvind khanna

First story was my favourite. As previous reviews say the first story is not only about sex. It is about Section 377. It was bold for me not some meaningless erotica. It is strange how nobody mentions about how strongly 377 is opposed in it. Lesbian lawyers kissing in court where 377 is being discussed. Honest and bold opinions.
I also liked hiccups usage in story. Really innovative and out of the box.
Second and third story were also narrated differently. Again some out of the box thinking because dogs and bedbugs were important characters in these stories. Would like to read the rest stories. :)

Jan 04 '15
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Dec 30 '14
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bookworm

Absolutely loved the first chapter. Could actually feel the bedbugs biting! Liked the concept of the second story, but far too many sexual details which sort of steal the focus that the issue deserves. Third one, a real page turner :)

Dec 30 '14
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ritika

The book was unconventional and fresh. I enjoyed the stories and they made me think as well. Good work!

Dec 30 '14
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Sanjana

A different storyline. I appreciate the author for his efforts that he has put to write such a cardinal topic. The way he has written each and every chapter is amazing. The author has a unique style of writing, I think that will elevate him to higher levels if that persists till the end. He has given surprises and suspense wherever required and that feel makes the reader to continue with the book. Honest writing I would say!

The only thing which was not my cup of tea was the way the author has dealt with those adult contents around the characters portrayed is too much of exaggeration I would say, can lessen up those contents because it might change the overall tone of the story. And, hic..Yeah..I hic.. liked this hic..concept!

Very well-written. Waiting to read the complete book. All the best!

Dec 30 '14
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Ashish Sanadhya

Man, I am so immersed with your deep down thinking.I would like this book to get publish so that i can read it many more times. :)

Dec 30 '14
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Mahrukh Chikliwala

the first story is topical and relevant... but not the overdose of physicality. the second and third stories are i could not figure out... may be there is a readership for these stories.... The writing style is fine but the content is not my cup of tea...

Dec 27 '14
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Ashwini Parode

Distinct style of author and a different approach towards the common yet unspoken topics.

Dec 23 '14
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Pankaj Agarwal

Something new .We all have that Void in our life .Beautifully presented in book. Would love to read complete book .

Dec 20 '14
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Gaurav Bodade

Nice work. Keep it up

Dec 20 '14
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Rahul Karande

Awesome...bloody good book!!! Powerful, thought provoking stories. Plotted on the highly sensitive issues of society we can't ignore. Well amalgamation of erotica and social issues. Nailed it!!! The author has his unique style of writing, totally liked it. The views are taken from the grass root level of the society... the honest verdict has been given to the thoughts... the book deserves to be in the market...especially in the Indian market.. looking forward for the complete book.. good work..keep it up!

Dec 17 '14
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Rajshree Chauhan

The stories are interesting, funny and well written. The second story specially, had a funny side and a tragic one as well, loved this one the most. The third one was funny but a my expectations were set way higher after finishing the first two. Would love to read more of these.

Dec 17 '14
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Shivam Nitin Babubhai

Well-written story. Congrats to the author.

Dec 15 '14
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Rohit Shenoy

No, this is not an erotica. All the 3 stories were about the dissatisfaction each one of us feels deep down. Picking such a complex theme and yet presenting it as an easy paced page turner; hats off to the author. Would definitely love to read more of his work.

Dec 15 '14
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Darshan Chhajed

Very well written

Dec 14 '14
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kotangale.pratik@gmail.com

Okay, this is interesting...!
First of all I would like to congratulate the author for trying something different. .
It really made an impact. I personally won't recommend reading too much erotica to my friends (although everyone loves reading it ;-) ) but this story made sense and necessity.

All in all, very bold (risky though) but different and presented in a very beautiful fashion. You will certainly have a very good career in writing! Best of Luck :)

Dec 14 '14
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Shrikanth Jaikumar

Very interesting . Something different from usual . Waiting for complete book .

Dec 13 '14
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Hetika Sanghani

The 3rd story was a different genre...the 1st two stories were all about rape and erotica...a very difficult genre to write...the premise of each and every story was good..i just wished they were constructed better...the climax doesn't validate the tension created throughout the stories (which is difficult to create)...a little bit of rewriting and editing will do the trick...

Dec 12 '14
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Sarang Kawade

The first story was about 377 not an erotica, if you failed to gather that. Second was a satire, not about rape. Thanks.

Dec 20 '14
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Ayushi Singh

The mostly unconventional settings and context work to the advantage of the stories in an era when there is an overload of romance centric fiction.Also the author manages to both entertain and educate at the same time when he choses to talk about something like section 377 of the IPC.He has an eye for detail.His observations on how the flood of technology has affected our being is something i can relate to.Best part is the stories leave you thinking,which to me is the ultimate goal of any literature.I see no reason why more people shouldn't be reading this.Totally worth it.

Dec 12 '14
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Milind Dak

Whoa!! Thanks for taking me to a different level for some time. I would definitely pay,sit and give my time for this work.Story 1,2,3!!It was a delight. This was something different, I mean I never read such open thoughts on Paper ever :) At the end It asked me ' If this manuscript should be published?' I was like' Hell Yeah!! It deserves that'. Way to go Sarang. I hope I find 'Void' in the markets soon and more such work from you.

Dec 12 '14
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Rathod A

dazzling short stories,i would love to read the complete book.

Dec 10 '14
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Prashant Jadhav

Beautiful combination of human nature and social issues related with it.It shows how uncontrolled frustration lead u to the devil.I liked the nonlinear writing style of author.found something new and I am sure this book also gonna blow our mind as the previous one.hungrily waiting for the book.

Dec 10 '14
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Adithya Bharadwaj

Instead of submitting parts which are potentially more "tempting", the author should try to convey what he really wants.

Dec 10 '14
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prashanth

Interesting menagerie of psychological mores and complexes, with a tendency towards raw erotica - which I'm a bit undecided about: device, hook or essence... Though the first story held the most promise for me in the main for its potential to explore a curious relationship, the ending didn't ring it for me. Overall a lively, intense style and thankfully simple, clear expression, a credit to the writer. More stories are welcome. Go ahead, Sarang, find a bigger canvas.

Dec 10 '14
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Damini Majumdar

I quite liked the stories, all three. The plots are worth being praised and the way of representation more so. I liked the second one, 'Metamorphosis' the best. The characters couldn't be more realistic and the author's guts to voice the honest opinions point blank is commendable. The stories make one question some of our inner hypocrisies and are definitely thought-provoking.
Reading some of the previous reviews I thought 'Void' is an erotica which is not my forte. Boy how wrong was I! Thanks for the request to read, Sarang. Enjoyed your book thoroughly. Best wishes for your book!

Dec 07 '14
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Vishwas Jain

Author has his unique style of writing and expresses the characters beautifully. Stories were very honest and captivating . This manuscript was very refreshing to me .Hoping to read complete book !!

Dec 06 '14
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Antony Varghese

Outstanding story telling... Hats off to the author's effort for being so honest to the characters in each story... Struck a chord!! Wish u best.. hic.. comp.. hic... compliments!! Oh man hic.. let me have some hic... water :-)

Dec 06 '14
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Niyati Shinde

Errr... Good stories, nice plots. But,err... well, a lot of sex! Don't get me wrong, reading sensuous erotica is not my cup of tea! So.... But, like i said, i liked the writing style and i liked the plots :-) Good Work...

Dec 06 '14
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Akshay Patil

Powerful, outstandingly creative, fun, deep, thought-provoking. How often do you get to read such outstandingly creative work with an essence of hitting the reality with such an ease. It surely is one of the Bloody good book and I would love to read it further. Having an appearance of masala-book, this book touches deep concerns of individuals with hint of fun. After reading first and second story only, the "Void" has been able to portray a strong intensity and if the author would go ahead with publishing this book, it definitely will have deep impact on people's mindset. I would like to congratulate the author because he managed to portray societal issues with his own unique style AND at the same time addresses philosophical concerns of individual. Sarang just knows correctly how to develop charming, connecting, powerful and expressive characters in a book. These characters somehow initiate a dialogue with you. A refreshing read for mind, thoughts and souls. :) Wish you best compliments.

Dec 05 '14
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Aditya Pandey

Simply a thoughtful compilation, it revved my mind to think about the personas (book covered) , kind of manipulative in terms of emotions... Must read

Dec 04 '14
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Jishnu Bhattacharya

It is not obvious why I should care for the characters. The author's obsession with sex is understandable, but maybe he should express his ideas a bit more subtly.

Dec 04 '14
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The Debugger

It is so important to be honest with our thoughts. Loved the book. One more thing, this book shouldn't come with a bookmark.

Dec 04 '14
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Dec 04 '14
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Reshma Kris

The raw and captivating story telling is what instills void. Read something new and mind blowing after a long time.

Dec 04 '14
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Aviral Singh

First story was nice..! I think there might have been a mix up in the second and the third story, either in writing them or uploading them..!

Dec 04 '14
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Sarang Kawade

Hi Aviral, there was a mixup indeed. But it was resolved. So you can read and complete the second story you started. Thanks for pointing it out and the review. :)

Dec 04 '14
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Mayuraj Deshmukh

Great book. Scintillating. Brutally honest.
Makes one question the realities of human nature and the scenarios that we encounter in our life.

Dec 04 '14
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About the author

Sarang Kawade Follow

I love writing. Have self-published an anthology 'Pendulum' earlier this year. Completed the manuscript of my second book 'Void' and hoping to publish it traditionally this time. Email : sarangkawade@hotmail.com