Book Reviews

Rippling Waters of Solitude | Ameya Bondre | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bluerose Publishers Pvt. Ltd.; First edition (14 July 2022); Bluerose Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 80 pages

My Review

Everyday observations, sweet nothings, wishful thinking musings, some fleeting conversations, and then the ones that stay with us forever. Some instances, memories, some love, some loneliness – all entrapped into our minds and hearts. Ripples of solitude…

Rippling Waters of Solitude by Ameya Bondre is a collection of twenty-six odd instances, memories, musings and moments fallen on the pages, as poems. This aesthetic and artistically designed collection consists of thoughts that go around in circles, in waves, just as ripples created in a water body when you throw a stone or something.

All the poems do not follow a structure but they do have a rhythm characteristic of Ameya’s writing prowess. I remember reading his previous work Afsaane almost 2 years ago which introduced me to his pensive writing. With this collection, Ameya’s writing follows another form – poetry – but in the same depth and layers.

I read and reread the poems to understand them. I am sure I didn’t make sense of them in a go. A few still remain out of my comprehension but I believe I’ll go back to them, at some other time. Maybe the distance will help me here.

Relic is a poem where reflective prose turns into poetry. Please Don’t Hold Back turned out to be one of my favourites as it urges one to hold themselves back from taking a step when one shouldn’t.

The thoughtful words carrying the air of melancholy and nostalgia leave the reader contemplating different facets of life and the world. The beauty of words is further accentuated by the amazing artwork done by Sagar Bhat. The illustrations have done full justice to the poems making this book a fine treat to read and savour.

Go for it if you like poems, dense and intense.

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