"An astonishing achievement for a 17 year old. Simar Malhotra writes with earnestness and fluency in a voice both endearing and moving. The novel is a compelling read, and its young author can only get better, in what promises to be an extraordinary writing career."
Dr. Shashi Tharoor (Eminent Politician)
"Simar in her first book at 17 has gone beyond her years, a simple yet gripping read that reflects how young India is now the changing India"
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Bollywood Director)
"Her prose is filled with wit, tongue-in-cheek humour and emotional power which makes it a sumptuous read. The strength lies in the sheer genuine thoughts and feelings."
Varun Bahl, Fashion Designer
"It's hard to believe that this gripping narrative is a piece penned by a 17 year old. She strikes a chord with young, aspirational India and submerges the reader in the captivating plot. Her portrayal of the Indian family and experiences abroad are real and heart-wrenching. The climax is so intense no less than the last over between an India Pakistan match. A Triple century....
Virender Sehwag (Cricketer)
"A commendable effort by a 17-year-old: a possible inspiration for others of her ilk to follow suit. Simar’s novel is an interesting narrative… A journey through life, its adventures and the surprises it brings. It throws up questions that have no easy answers."
Kumkum Chadha, Journalist and Political Columnist
"A brave debut novel, this is a young girl’s coming of age narrative, woven into the life of everyday India."
Gargi Rawat, News Anchor, NDTV
"A deftly woven tale of family ties, ambitions and contemporary society, Simar’s novel gives us a distinctive glimpse into the lives of today’s youth."
Sunjay Sudhir, Consul General of India in Australia
"This feels like a trip down the shared memory lane of India’s youth—every page brings a familiar touch—from the typical Indian family and the desire for independence to the frustrations at the system and the determination to overcome it. All these facets are elegantly strung together to keep you wanting more."
Parimarjan Negi, World’s Second, Youngest Chess Grand Master, 2012 Asian Champion
"Commendable debut…a gripping storyline anchored in real life political events that unfolded in the country."
Jitin Prasada, Former Union State Minister, Government of India
"A profusely immersing and plausible story, There is a Tide is an amalgamation of all that is right as well as wrong with our nation and our times, all seen from the young author’s perspective."
Amit Sadh, Actor (Kai Po Che)
"Simar has penned a fast-paced, engaging, and spicy novel that stands out for its richness of description and imagination."
Darpan Kalra, Management Consultant
"Her fictional realm is beyond her years and she’s India’s new hope in writing. A poignant social drama that is compelling, riveting and irresistible."
Swati Agarwal, Educational Consultant
"A brilliant story…"
Dhiraj Srivastava, PS to Chairperson, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
“It’s real with characters and situations you can relate to. It shakes you out of your stupor and yet makes you enjoy the read. It won't be too long before you see her work on celluloid. Kudos Simar!!
"Simar Malhotra tells her tale with great positivity and perspicacity. This story of a fight for justice told against the backdrop of a country seeking transformation is infused with a firm faith in values and a maturity that is refreshing in one so young."
Sanghamitra Ghosh, Principal, The Mother's International School