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autumn | Vartika Upadhyay | Book Review

  • Author: Vartika Upadhyay
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Notion Press (1 July 2020)
  • Language: English

Book Review

autumn by Vartika Upadhyay is a book of poems, poems lingering in the nooks and crannies of multiple themes involving human life. As much as they speak for love and of love, they do take us on a ride of understanding ourselves. The poems explain how each one of us stands much different and yet are fond of each other. Isn’t it beautiful?

Love coursed through this poetry book. Divided into three parts, namely – kouyou, rudeneja, psithurism – the book poses some very interesting questions. The poems have an intensity that, though underexploited, gives away the intent of the author. The author attempts to make us think about the plenty of mundane issues we choose to sideline in our routine life. The poems emphatically talk about finding one’s home – in a place or in a person. Home is where the heart is. How true!

The central message of the book is undoubtedly beautiful and thought-provoking. However, the presentation of poems didn’t strike a chord with me. I missed certain music, a rhythm, a charm that not just beguiles a reader but also paralyzes them with awe. I missed the structure, which would have turned out to be really good if taken care of. Despite this, I appreciate the author’s attempt at putting up her work, complimenting them with soothing aesthetic illustrations. I wish there were more poems for me to read and assess and enjoy maybe.


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