Top positive review
A poetic read
7 February 2019
There are books that make you happy. There are books that make you sad. There are books that you wish you hadn’t read. There are books that you love to re-read. There are books that give you hangover. And then there are books that fills your heart with warmth even after you have finished it long ago. And this one such book.
I had decided to not review the book for I didn’t have idea on how to, because when I finished reading, I couldn’t put my feelings together. But whenever my eyes fell on the book, the warmth I felt fill my heart was incredible and I couldn’t resist writing a review.
The queen of jasmine country penned by Sharanya Manivannan, is the story of the young poetess kodhai, who later came to be known as Andal. Set in ninth century, the story explores her love, desire and passion for freedom.
Having grown up hearing the stories of Andal, it was initially difficult for me to view Kodhai as a feminine figure; but soon I learnt to consider her as a character. The elegance and simplicity of the language is refreshing and I could almost hear Kodhai’s voice even after I finished reading. It is very rare to find Indian writers who write so poetically. The relationship between kodhai and her father vishnuchittan is what I liked the most about the book; okay, maybe apart from the cover, which I fell in love with, at the first sight. This is one of those books that I bought for the cover and did not regret buying.
Having written every incident classily and elegantly, I personally feel that the author could have done better in writing the garland incident. Apart from that, the book is perfect. When I finished reading, I had to remind myself to breathe, for I was too numb after reading the climax.
I am at loss of words to describe my feelings for the book. What I have written too feels inadequate.
Recommended for everyone.
Title : 4.5/5
Cover : 5/5
Plot : 4.5/5
Language : 4.5/5
Overall : 4.5/5