Kaleidoscope: The Changing Colors of Love Paperback – 2015
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About the Book
“Every beating heart will confess that once, at least once in their lifetime they were in love.”
The collection of poems in this book talks about an emotion so strong that it has the potential to create and destroy! Love in all its capacity has that aura around it; it needs to be felt and when it resides in your soul you find it giving rise to feelings never experienced before. There is passion and tenderness when being together, estrangement and pain when two souls are apart and then there is joy and relief when bound together again. The 37 poems in this book talk about this amazing feeling as seen through my eyes and felt in my heart!
About the Author
Rachna is an educationist, content writer, book reviewer and blogger. Being a thinker, her mind is always brimming with ideas that are transformed into poems, prose, quotations and stories. She chooses to use writing to speak about things that matter to her. Her poems are made up of simple yet meaningful words. When she is not writing, working with an NGO or busy with her chores, she is lost in the imaginary world created by other authors! Her first book of poems and prose titled Myriad Hues, was published in March 2014. You can find out more about her from her website - www.rachnagupta.in You can also connect with her on Twitter - @GuptaRach
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I sincerely recommend this book to all irrespective of their age and stage of life. A "must read" and as a book lover and collector this book is worth keeping....
I especially liked, "On my mind"
So I present an excerpt
"And evoke inspirational images
That speak to me
While you watch me
Turn them into words
That people will read!"
Just like any pieces of poetry the poems are open to interpretation and I interpret it as also encompassing selflove, the highest form of love there is. It also talks about heartbreak and finding happiness in darkness. The good thing is that it talks about all the changing colors of love and that sets it apart. It doesn't paint an entirely gloomy picture nor does it make it look absolutely rosy. It lays the emotional live in its unaltered and bare form, as it is.
I think if flipping through the pages of a poetry book and skimming through the pieces can make you feel relieved then the book has passed the litmus test. This one surely did.
Excessive use of exclamatory marks: This is one of my pet peeves with poetry-writing in general. Use of exclamations suggest to me that the writer is too excited to express the emotion without additional help from the punctuatory tool. A good writer, in my opinion, uses words and imagery to express those emotions. Every poem in Kaleidoscope is riddled with exclamations.
Sample (from Legitimizing Love):
It was in the valley they stood,
He wore black jeans and the same colored t-shirt,
His favorite colors!
She a multi-colored silk sari,
All colors fascinated her!
I see no reason for use of exclamations here.
Nothing extraordinary in expression or imagery: None of the poems use strong imagery to build the scenes of love. Gupta picks from mundane, mushy scenes and renders them through wordy descriptions. She builds scenes that can be empathised with, but I like poets being pithy and imaginative in their expression.
Celebrating cute love: To do justice to the collection, I must say that this is a set of cute little love poems. They are steeped in the rosiness of love, the anxiety of separation, the delight at reunion, and other journeys on the path of love.
I belong to you,
The love we have,
The crazy feelings we share,
Is like a blanket which wraps itself around me,
Keeping me warm!
I will hold you close forever,
When you are not there,
I will think of the good times we spent and draw strength from it!
The memories we made are tattooed all over my body,
They will remain with me,
Just like our love!
No rhymes: Mercifully, nothing rhymes in this collection. To me, nothing kills poetry like forced rhyming schemes.
First I will confess that reviewing a prose is much easier as compared to reviewing Poetry. The way poet plays with words in poems, one doesn’t have that freedom in prose. It’s like judging abstract art. You can like the art for entirely a different reason which the artist never thought of.
Coming to Kaleidoscope, the book we are talking about, it’s almost a year since the book is published and is in market. So reviewing after such a long gap, only because I wanted to, as I have read few of Rachna’s poems earlier. The poems I read were really deep and inspiring and justified the topic these addressed.
Now Kaleidoscope is one of the finest collection of poems I have read, of course among the contemporary poets. There are 37 poems in it, all dealing with different shades of Love.
Rachna has, I feel intentionally touched only the brighter side of Love covering different emotions. The dark side of love is not at all touched.
The book takes you through the Journey of love starting from first sight to happily married after.
The poetess has set the poems in modern times, so, as she is inspired by the love of old times but the means have changed. Like you have lovers messaging each other, rather than writing letter. The girl waiting for the mobile to beep rather than a Postman. And there are centuries she didn’t get a message or call rather than a Letter. Though still train remains lifeline for us, so her lover leaves by train to find a good job. But then She goes and receives him back at airport.
RAchna ji is a big supporter of Girl child and it reflects in her poems too when the baby to be born is addressed as “She”.
Overall the poems are so touching and real that one feels the emotions conveyed. Though in the middle few poems give the impression that the poet is trying to meet some deadline. But this feeling may be entirely due to fact that the initial poems raise the expectation level to such high that even a good poem looks ordinary.
The sequence in which poems are arranged take you through a smooth journey and one never feels sudden jumps or road blocks. A must read to learn how to write poetry and especially for all aspiring writers, just to know how important grammar is!
And at end: “Yeh Dil Maange More” Rachna Ji. So when is your next collection coming.