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: Songs of Heartstrings- Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude by Miriam Hurdle.

My Review

I love poetry. And I know that I am not an expert. But the skills of great poets in playing with words in a clever way to enthuse readers who need not necessarily understand what the poem is about, amaze me.

Miriam Hurdle is a blog connection. We follow each other on the WordPress blog platform. There’s something common in our thoughts and love of nature is certainly one.

That’s when I heard about a book of poetry, published by Miriam.

The Book.

The book is a collection of a number of poems arranged under nine beautiful themes.

When I started reading, I had the mindset of that poetry lover who gets thrilled with the high profile assembly of words, which I don’t really understand, but willing to accept as a great poetry.

Reading these poems changed it all. Right from the first one to the last, I could get myself associated with the poetess and poetry.

The Acknowledgment, Editors Note and Preface give a lot more information of the author and it helped in truly understanding what the poet is telling.

That’s quite a revelation for me. For the first time I enjoyed poetry by understanding it and following the poet’s mind.

For that reason, along with other wonderful aspects, I would rate this book as a treasure. I am sure to get back to the book and read it again.

As an example the one titled ‘hibiscus’ and ‘someday’ are so very precious that I want to learn them by heart.

Pages- 121

About the Author

I was tempted to copy what was written in the book about the author. But then I want readers to access that privilege from the book itself.

Miriam Hurdle now lives in California with family.

Another beautiful and amazing fact is that the cover design, the beautiful photos and wonderful paintings that make this book really great are by Miriam herself.

The book is available on Amazon and I request my friends to read the beautiful poems and enjoy.

Book Review: Songs of Heartstrings- Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude by Miriam Hurdle.