Voice of the soul by Shreyans Kanswa(Poetry)

 

BLURB :

How does it feel to lie just by yourself and delve into the silence. The silence that is a path to deeper self, a self that is unexplored. That same unexplored self can also be regarded as the soul.

While the time ticks on the clock, a bond with your soul is timeless. Such metaphors are rendered powerless when a conversation is created with oneself.

These poems mean more than just words, they scream soulfulness. It is rather weird that we go looking for answers outside when all that we have to do is seek deeper within ourselves. The poems are experiences that the poet shares with the world, and these experiences are nothing fancy- they are all moments that the poet experiences with himself. They are questions risen from inquisitiveness and introspection.

 

REVIEW :

The cover is a beautiful depicting so much about oneself. The poems range from variety walks of life. The poems are written poignantly trying to get the essence of life and nature together. Alot of new words you will get to learn. The title is what really makes it all the more beautiful. How a soul has so much within that we could envelope it into such little words and feelings. Theme of the poems vary accordingly from love to nature. The poems are really relatable to everyone we might have felt so one time or the other.

The imagery formed by every poem takes you through different emotions and in sets where you keep wondering.
Overall a beautiful book of poems giving more insight to oneself and to life.

4/5.

Minuscules : when less is more by Priyanka Bhatt

 

 

blurb :

When I asked him to be the poetry I could write about,

he kissed me softly and left.

Since then, my words have been oozing pain.

Today’s instant make-up, instant break-up generation have no time to spare time at all. They prefer enjoying eternity in moments to waiting eternally for that moment. Hence, these micro tales have become the latest fad.

Minuscules is a collection of unique micro tales and short stories that are spread over various themes. From horror to social issues to romance, these tales leave no topic unwritten about, no emotion unexplored. Though told with brevity, the impact of these stories can be more lingering than that of novels. To-the-point, poignant, relatable – this micro fiction book can be read by anyone in today’s time – a teenager and an adult alike. Its varied range of themes is the cherry on the cake.

Minuscules is a book that is sure to bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes – and stay with you for a very long time.

May the stories make a home in your heart!

Don’t leave me the way you leave others.

Some things are permanent indeed.

Like love, like regret.

And trust me homey,

I’ll be your both.

 

 

Review :

Let’s begin with the cover it is simple and really poigant denoting love and stirs in something of nostalgia within us. Black and red colour are always a win win!The title really goes hand in hand with the content as it is all about small poems/quotes/stories which will leave you to think.

I really loved the essays in the book as well. A short read with so many topics to think about and know. You will definitely enjoy the macro stories as with in ttt tales. The way the author has put it is brilliant.

a different book to help you feel light during the day. A book which might have all the thoughts you might be thinking.

The book helps you realise alot of mental health, love, sacrifice and so much more. The author could make you feel and that is all that is needed by the reader. I enjoyed reading it and reminise alot of memories. I guess you will too!

overall -4/5

 

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Making a Poem – by Vihang A. Naik

 

 

 

 

BLURB –

Making A Poem is a powerful affecting collection of poetry that sheds a fascinating light upon the writing process and poet’s personal aesthetics. These are eloquent pieces where the poet displays a confident command of the poetic form to bring his ideas and observations to life. The pieces that ponder the reality of poetic expression are perhaps most fascinating. Their reflexivity results in a most engaging collection of poems. Making A Poem is an intuitive, thoughtful and creative pieces that work together as a cohesive collection.

 

REVIEW-

COVER- The cover is in black colour with an intense photo of the author, which gives it a different look.

TITLE – title is really apt and catchy of how the process of writing a poem is all about.

BLURB- is crisp giving information about the poems.

The book is divided into 5 sections- 1)Are you looking for that poet 2) A poet as a young man 3) making a poem 4) a poem comes alive 5) a poet.

The poems varies in length and meter. Mostly consisting of short poems that are gut kicking .The beauty of this book of poems is each book tells out another story in simple words that will gulp down so many emotions in you. Every poem is another chapter of a poets life on how they write and put down a poem the struggle, the ease, the absent, the forgotten poem. The poems say alot in less words that is the beauty. This book will not let you down it is must for every poetry lover. One will relate to alot of poems. All the poems are beautiful and easy to understand.  The imagery formed by each poem is really blissful.

overall-5/5

Poetry :Solitude and Other Obsessions- Uma, Binod,Trupti,Shruti and Saurin.

 

BLURB –

We are a species fueled by obsessions. Every human achievement, and every infamy, is the result of an obsession that tormented, possessed and consumed. This is a selection of poetry about solitude and other obsessions that have distracted, driven, destroyed and / or defined us. Spanning genres, styles, emotions, time & place, these works by a collective of 5 poets are a glimpse into the obsessions that have become us.

 

REVIEW –

COVER – It is a blend of different colours just like our minds and a peacock feather denoting solitude and other obsessions.

TITLE – once you finish reading the book the title is really apt.

This book has been compiled by 5 poets and an artist. Each section touches different parts of memories and subjects. Themes keep varying from life to nature, human relations. Every poets work starts with a small quote by personalities followed by an intricate artwork. The poems vary in length. All of the poems have been written beautifully and one can definitely relate to them.

Uma-

FAVOURITE POEM – Captured moments.

Uma captures every poem with words simple and transparency of it’s beauty is seen. the poems are based on her army life. Mostly long poems.

Binod-

FAVOURITE POEM- tue, but strange, revival, still dreaming.

writes about life, inner dreams. consisting of description with less words. felt unique. length varies from small to long.

TRUPTI.

FAVOURITE POEM – truly,yours, lone warrior.

she writes about feminism and love.

DR. Shruti –

FAVOURITE POEM-  all of them.

she writes about today’s generation. most of us could relate to these. About pictures todays world.

SAURIN-  all the poems written by him are written eloquently. about regrets and love.

SHRIPAD- his artwork elated each section and gave a deeper meaning to all of the poems. The artwork definitely makes you think about whats beneath. The artwork is poetry itself. It speaks volume.

OVERALL – the collection is brilliant in the times of mediocre poetry. one should deifnitely go for this book you will not be disappointed.

RATING -4/5.

 

Letters in the Rain -Anubhav Shrivastava

 

 

 

BLURB –

Quite early in his life, Aman had been labelled a ‘weirdo’. His side-parted, oil soaked hair and gawky physique made him the butt of jokes among his peers. There is nothing spectacular in his life—he studies all day, has never had an interaction with a girl that lasted more than five minutes, and scribbles his inner musings into his best friend, a personal diary.

Deep down, however, the guilt of being considered a social killjoy by the society starts to have a negative impact on him.

When forced out of his solitary shell into the action-infused warehouse that is ‘college’, Aman’s life takes a drastic U-Turn. Owing to a Chemistry project, he is forced to partner up with Kiara—a cheerful, carefree soul who tucks away her dark, brooding past upon arriving in Manipal.

What follows is a series of awkward encounters and quirky adventures; ones that throw them in the deep end and make them face their worst fears.

 

REVIEW –

The book cover is in blue and is really attractive ,depicting a love story. The book is written in simple easy to understand english and is a short read. The book will take you on a trip from jr college days to your degree college days. What I really liked about the book is the story is simple and yet flowing. The poems and letters throughout the book makes it interesting. It is the story of aman and kiara. Aman is an introvert and kiara is magic. Of how their friendship is formed in manipal and how things fall apart. Less characters are there in the story which helps in keeping the clarity. Importance of friendship in ones life which help you become a better version of you. The story also tells you how maintaining a balance is necessary between work and life. A short yet amazing read.

overall -3.5/5.

Icebergs in Paradise by Sayan Basak(poetry)

Icebergs in Paradise by [Basak, Sayan]

 

Blurb –

There is a relationship between the eye contacts we make and the perceptions that we create in our heads, a relationship between the sound of another’s voice and the emotions that we feel in our hearts, a relationship between our movements in space all around us and the magnetic pulls we can create between others and ourselves. All of these things (and more) make up the magic of every ordinary day and if we are able to live in this magic, to feel and to dwell in it, we will find ourselves living with magic every day. These are the white spaces in life, the spaces in between the written lines, the cracks in which the sunlight filters into. Some of us swim in the overflowing of the wine glass of life, we stand and blink our eyes in the sunlight reaching unseen places, we know where to find the white spaces, we live in magic.
Icebergs in Paradise is a journey that will make you travel the entire world of emotions – starting it from joy to sadness, love to pain, fear to cheer and anger to tranquility. ”

 

Review –

Starting with the cover it is all blue in color – calm and yet destructing the way blue color is. The blurb gives you about the type of poems are present. The title is different. relating to a metaphor as per the poet. Vocabulary is amazing and you get to learn new words and imagery. Most of the poems are lenghty. Some poems take a little time to be understood. The way each poem flows- the description is beautiful. his/her both perceptions of poems are present. The theme of the poems range widely from daily observations,fights, as a person,  mental health, sky life, love and society issues. you will notice skies and ocean being used alot of times in poems which shows love for skies.

Favourite lines – into your embrace and we fade into starry skies.

Favourite poems – anguish, before autumn, rapt, as we once were.

For poetry readers this book will take you to different world of imagery and new silences.

overall – 4/5.

Phases of Moon: A Poetic Journey of a Girl Paperback – by Neha Jindal (poetry)

 

BLURB –

Every human being has different feelings and emotions at every stage of life, but they are unable to express. This book gives an expression, to various emotions of a human heart. The poetries in this book will echo your heart, and will give words and voice to your emotions. It covers different stages of life starting from teenage to marriage. Hope you love getting drowned in this emotional stream.

 

REVIEW –

cover – enigmatic, simple something dark and sublime.

blurb – gives about the types of poems that are in the book.

The book consists of pictures inside this book accompanying each poem. Poems are in rhyme scheme. Based on friendship, phases of life,marriage, feelings, holding on, letting go, loneliness and all that we cannot weave in words. The poems are effective and relatable. The length of the poems are mostly long. Instead of the pictures illustrations would look better. The book is a less than a hours refreshing read. The poems i really liked are – teenage, little lonely heart,heart and brain, vicious life and memories.

All the poems are relatable and consist of depth,lightness in them. A refreshing read delving you into a little more meaning of life.

overall- 3.5/5