December 10, 2017

Book Review: Phases of Moon: A Poetic Journey of a Girl by Neha Jindal

Phases of Moon: A Poetic Journey of a Girl
Author: Neha Jindal
Publisher: Notion Press

Life is like a train journey- filled with thrill, excitement and apprehension. The crests and troughs are plenty but the blatant truth that the passengers are unaware of the circumstances that might arise during the course of reaching the final destination makes the expedition even more intriguing.

‘Phases of Moon’ is relatable yet the writing style is abecedarian. Simple poems with soothing rhyme scheme highlight the emotional state of each stage of life of a girl. Beginning with the dilettante, the poems progress through the transcendent steps of adolescence, adulthood- leading to maturity. Heart-warming poems that offer moments of genuine heartache make ‘Phases of Moon’ a successful attempt at capturing the true feelings. However, I wished that the stage after marriage should have been included too because unison with another person is not a phase; it is a permanent change which has to be accepted.

The illustrations in the book are beautiful but unfortunately, they do not blend well with the theme. Had it all been done in broad strokes, the poetry would have been more impactful. Editing is a problem here; even in the blurb, unnecessary commas and missing structures leave a negative impression on the readers.

The book has a lot of scope for improvement. But if I were to review the debut effort of the poetess, I would not abstain from appreciating the thought process and mindfulness while writing the poems. Good luck!

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Book Review: You are Meant to Sing by Helane Marie Anderson

You are Meant to Sing
Author: Helane Marie Anderson
Sold By: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
Rating: 3/5

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

~Nelson Mandela

Quoting one of the sayings in the book ‘Human voice is the best instrument of all’, I would begin this review by showing my gratitude to the author for penning down content that not only inspires but also galvanizes the mind to strive in the direction where confidence gets boosted up and morale is spirited.

Avoiding brachylogy, the narrative is eloquent with simple vocabulary yet impressive content. The novella revolves around the struggle most of us face in finding our true inner voice. Everyone knows how to speak but to speak right at the suitable time is what matters the most. Through this book, the author has used personal experience as the key to stimulate the minds of the readers and make them realize the importance of speaking out the mind and voicing out the opinions. Introspective and retrospective, this book offers insight into the dormant side of our personality and provides some very helpful tricks to unlock the potential and also paves the path to self-discovery.

The book is an intriguing read as at times there are opinions that clash with the already established mindset. Thus, open-minded reading is what comes in handy. Go for this book as it has the calibre to help the readers.

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December 06, 2017

Book Review: Invisible Ties by Nadya A. R.

Author: Nadya  A.  R.
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 4/5

Women are the epitome of altruism and largesse; they are hard-bitten beings with immense selflessness. But they are taken for granted. ‘Invisible Ties’ explores those imperceptible ties that bind a woman together and give her an identity. With rich, and at times difficult, vocabulary, the story is manoeuvred by its protagonist very well.

A slow read, in the beginning, the story gets more interesting towards the end. With verbose descriptions of the settings and the surrounding, the story wavers quite often, but the astute constitution of Noor’s (protagonist) personality balances it well. The story is set in Pakistan and Singapore per say. Born and brought up in Pakistan, Noor is Daisy’s daughter. Her house reeks of traditions and rituals and thus, when a group of bandits abduct her mother, she follows the command of her family and marries Meekaal Kalim.

The story picks pace as the setting shifts to Singapore. Meekaal, an investment banker, leads a luxurious life and for him the marriage is a namesake. Noor, troubled by the loveless life on a foreign land, finds comfort in studying psychotherapy. She treats her patients and gets interim freedom from her diabolical past but this does start changing her perceptions and beliefs. What comes next is a transformation phase which changes Noor’s destiny. Her acquaintance with her neighbour, Ella and her patient, Jake turns the tables.

The story is a complete pot-boiler as it has all the necessary elements of drama. However, the meek characterization of the sidekicks projects them as mere caricatures and this, in turn, abates the character development. The cover of the book is appealing as there are different ways to look at it. The magic mirror is the only means by which the constraints of the society can be seen. It can also symbolize an eye-opener that liberates Noor from her past and gives her life a new meaning.

Overall, ‘Invisible Ties’ is a brilliant story that offers genuine moments of heartache and throws light on the harsh realities of life. It projects various themes and leaves the last page for the readers to contemplate. This book cannot be understood without the ease of mind and reflective thinking owing to two reasons: one, complicated vocabulary and two, the intricate themes cropping up to be considered earnestly.

Best wishes to the author!
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