Monday, 27 February 2017

The Soul Charmer (A book review)


Author- Richa Saxena
Publishers- Half Baked Beans (21 December 2016)
Pages- 75 pages
Genre- Poetry

Blurb- Remember the first time you uttered those three important words expressing your love or the first time when you said 'goodbye' to your loved one. The first time, you got a jolt in your heart or the first time you held a life in your arms. 

Richa Saxena has tried to put forth a compilation of thirty-five surreal poems that would recreate that magic and unleash your deepest thoughts. 

Seasons must have passed by, but that feeling still remains in the heart. 

Her poems would revive those very thoughts, the ones said and the ones that remained unsaid.

Book Review- “The Soul Charmer” is a collection of thirty-five poems penned by the poetess, Richa Saxena. There are many ‘firsts’ associated with this book. This is the first poetry book written by a contemporary poet that I have read. This is also the first Kindle book that I ever purchased. And trust me; I do not regret either of the two.

The poetess, it seems has poured her heart out while writing each of these compositions. As the blurb indicates, the yearning of a heart in love- at times melancholy and at times exultant, form the crux of each poem. The poems belong to the category of free verse, i.e., poetry written with rhymed or unrhymed verse that has no set meter to it. I am not a big fan of this writing style but for once, I liked most of the verse I encountered in this book.

At times, I did feel that the poems were meandering and felt myself losing interest. There are a few rough edges which can be worked upon. But at more junctures than one, the very next poem touched a chord deep inside my soul. My personal favourite is – ‘Daddy’s Little Princess’.

While rating this book, I will listen to my heart and give it 4 stars because poetry is all about words tugging at the strings of your heart. And the poetess definitely knows how to do it.

Verdict- A soul charmer indeed…


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