Book Review- 21 at 21st, by Adithya Sasikala.

Poetry comes from the heart. There’s poetry in everyone as we all have a heart. But all of us may not be able to write down what the heart says in the required style.

That’s what happened to me. I thought I should also express what’s from heart and penned down a couple as blogs in WordPress. Though nobody told me directly, there were comments elsewhere on people writing something and call it poetry. And I know.

It’s in WordPress that I met Adithya. I liked her poems and became a good follower.

Then I heard about her book. And I realised that she’s just 21. Curiosity got me to read the musings of the young heart and I am completely taken in.

Here are 26 poems in her beautiful book. Each one tells the feelings of a young girl. There’s angst, fear, sadness and perhaps joy in love. There are stories and concerns of a young girl. Of the treatment, discrimination, cruelty, deprivation and such social stigma. There’s insecurity and dependence. And there’s love as the burning light.

An author at such an young age. A 21 year old in the 21st century! It’s something for us to be proud of. It’s not about feminism, it’s about the fact that being female is superior. That’s a beautiful world.

Published by Xpress Publishing of Norton Press, the book is available on Amazon at a price of just ₹100.

Hats off to the young poetess.

Book Review- 21 at 21st, by Adithya Sasikala.

Book Review: Roads A Journey With Verses

Roads, A Journey With Verses by Vandana Bhasin and Smitha Vishwanath.

Publisher: Notion Press

My Review

I love poetry and even wrote a few here and I thought I could also come out with poetry, as well wishing friends commented positively on them.

Then I was reading some of the comments elsewhere from people who are good in poetry, rubbishing random people like me writing crap in the name of poetry.

That’s when I came across this book, Roads. Frankly, the first thing attracted me was that the authors are both ex-bankers like me.

With that connection established, I got the book and started reading.

The collection of poetry has one striking feature. The authors start with a summary giving a background to the poem that follows.

For me poetry has the superiority over literature as the reader gets to interpret the lines in a beautiful way. The verses add to this edge.

The book is of 60 poems arranged under nine virtues. I think the poets have contributed 30 each. Of course I didn’t count, which is a deliberate decision.

But then, one may not be able to find out who the poetess is by reading the poem as both have similar styles for a reader like me trying to follow their expressions of the heart. Perhaps all hearts speak the same language. In fact the poets have hinted that it’s a reflection of their life journey.

Though not an expert, I can say that I enjoyed reading each and every poem. Bankers also can be good poets. And the poems here are really good.

By the way, I am sure that the experts that I spoke about initially will endorse these beautiful poems.

The banker colleagues have made us proud.

Pages 159

Available on Amazon also.

Rating: 4.5 ⭐️

Book Review: Roads A Journey With Verses

Book Review: Still Loved…Still Missed! The myriad hues of souls, by Mridula

Still Loved Still Missed

Title: Still Loved…Still Missed! The myriad hues of souls

Author: Mridula

Published: March 8, 2019

Pages : 78

Genre: Short Stories

With a beautiful collection of 15 short stories, Mridula is here to conquer hearts though her theme is more on souls. This first book stands out and we can expect many more such excellent books from this talented author

I read 15 heartwarming, quite clever and wonderful stories.

The author has cleverly entered into the mind of the reader, providing ample ammunition for fulfilling individual imagination.

With such clever styling, the book is ideal for the young readers, the grown ups and even older adults. With such beautiful description of nature’s gifts particularly those of flowers and pets, of love and marriage, one could say that its more for the women but for that the men have to be less romantic. The book is for all and very beautiful at that.

There is a story on nature’s law ‘everyone has a ‘destined role’. Another one is on passion, adventure and triumph even in tragedy.

Personal relationship and departure are finely covered. Sometimes stories are told by animals and things like a coracle

Once it was a word casually uttered by a stranger that gives out as to who was treating a kitten as baby. That’s too clever.

Then there is one story which I am still struggling to fully comprehend. It is a beautiful story but I don’t know why the test failed. Of course its is aptly titled ‘The Passing’.

Mridula’s skills are clearly demonstrated in the wonderful descriptions of casual items around the main story lines. For example ‘She could see earthworm castings everywhere, which seemed like chocolate pastry’.

The title story is about a coracle and coracle is dear to me as I see fishing on it everyday from my balcony. That story with the book’s title is simply brilliant.

This is a beautiful book to read.

Rating: 4.5 Stars. (5 for the first time author)

About the Author:

Mridula enjoys reading and writing short stories on subtle feelings. She was bestowed with the Most Popular Writer Award by the short story publisher Your Story Club in 2012. She is a nemophilist (A haunter of the woods) and possesses a doctorate in agricultural sciences. She works as a government official and lives with her family in Kerala.

She can be reached at the email –

Visit :

WordPress : Still Loved Still Missed (

FaceBook: Still Loved Still Missed (


Good reads-

Book Review: Still Loved…Still Missed! The myriad hues of souls, by Mridula