I’m pretty sure that my blog is one of the only ones out there which doesn’t post book reviews as often as it should. Don’t ask me why, that’s how it is! Even when I was starting this blog I knew that I wanted to do more of discussion posts, funny thoughts, listicles and so on and slip a couple of book reviews in between 😛
And today I’m going to be reviewing ‘Regular Porridge’ a short poetry book dealing with various important topics.
~I was sent a free e-copy of this book by the author but this does not influence my opinions in any way. This book review is completely honest and straight from my heart~
Regular porridge as a collection explores the meaning of life- success and failure and how they intertwine, as well as how a person may find it difficult to balance the two, confusing one for the other. This book contains tales of how people go about their lives and the extraordinary web each life can weave, using the appreciation of art to explore the human experience. Love and human relations have been depicted in some pieces too. Love is agony, ecstasy, unpredictable, testing and perfectly serene. It doesn’t always have to be something you feel but something you do. In this collection, fiction has been used to catalyze introspection in people and instead of setting out to solely entertain readers, this poetry collection certainly educates, too.
The book is divided into four portions or four topics around which the poems revolve and I’ll be reviewing them accordingly.
1. Patriotic Poems
I absolutely loved the collection of poems in this section. They were raw and portrayed intense emotions within few words. The poet talked about death, loss, war and why do people really go to war. She talks about the inner turmoil the soldiers face, ironies of war, the bloodshed and it’s impact.
We were in hiding,
Both from the dark,
And in the dark
They shower their bodies
In the red
To keep our mother’s
Safe and pure
Beautifully structured and simple yet completely captivating.
2. Of Lost Twinkles
This was a rather short collection which was nice because somehow these poems failed to reach out to me. To start off, they were written on pretty general topics that have been used and overused in the world of poetry. Now I don’t mind reading poems on such topics as long as they tell me something different, if they have a new story to explore.
It felt like I was reading a compilation of the poet’s thoughts that weren’t really structured or formatted well.
3. Life’s Medley
Again the subjects were rather general but this time the opinions were voiced in a much better way. There was a mix of poems that I really liked and others that were okay. Poetry is supposed to make you feel something but not all of the pieces managed to live up to it.
We were born as numbers and so shall we die
Rest that’s in between is nothing but a lie
4. Heart’s Voice
These poems were mostly about love and while they were pretty short, some of them being merely four lines, they were sweet and somewhat different. Many times the message was conveys in metaphors, and honestly those are my favorite kind of poems.
Here’s the one I liked the best:
You exist within my air.
I breathe you
when you aren’t there.
So overall I think this compilation of poems was sweet and nice. I like how Sukanya didn’t try to add more random poems to make the book bigger and sell better and just let it be short and to the point. I would say it is worth a read and has some really memorable lines to take away.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars