REVIEW OF THE Book- GRADIENTS
By- SWATII CHANDAK
Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS; First Edition (2016)
THE BOOK AT A GLANCE-
These poems delve, intensively, into almost every Emotion. Swatii has intricately engaged her poems with women’s perception and meticulously serves some, amongst others, best nuances of ‘Love,’ Intensities of an ‘Identity,’ the obsession towards a ‘Passion,’ a strong ‘Companion’ all ingredients in a single platter.
The collection of poems exhales varied titles for a poetry lover in a manner of feast & its theme unfolds the bonding of breathing with emotions in life. An enigmatic yet energetic theme.
“The ignorance of the world often makes people believe that life should be black and white – that you must choose sides – and so the world of colourful gradients goes unadmired.”
In our society we have divisions. Division of hunger, division of power, division of dream and what not? There are gradients in every step of our life. The author has beautifully compared life with breathing. It is not possible to survive without breathing, and in the same way it is not possible with emotions. And the entire thing is has to establish itself, within the society WITH GRADIENTS.
“Gradients” is a perfect title for this book.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK:
The book is essentially divided into four segments keeping the Breathing as the base. As one will proceed through the poems, one will feel as if he is travelling the mind of a woman. Indeed a woman acts as a protagonist here who portrays her inter linked emotions. The first part out of the four is ‘INHALATION’. Inhalation is the beginning of our breathing process and so as this section. The poems projected here essentially give an idea of beginning. For instance,
“Solitaire! Ah! She shrieks” Describes the woman’s perspective facing the audience for the first time. “And, I love you” describes about the first trust essence which touches the heart of a girl.
The second part “All in Between”, is the transition phase between inhaling and exhaling. This section deals with mature emotions, just like a kid matures into a teenager. The change in phase can be best understood by the poems “Scuffle” and “aggression”. Scuffle deals about the various changes that run about her mind and aggression acts a catalyst. It creates a path so that the thoughts can flow with anger, frustration and impatience. A very contrasting trait can be visualized in this context. “The dark she” shows us how she feels after being possessed with dishonesty, anger, and rage. On the other hand “Threads” deals with how she behaves with reality. To herself she is affected but to the world she pretends that nothing has happened.
The next part is Exhalation. As in breathing after inhaling air we intake the required products and throw out the unnecessary ones, here too, we see her exhaling out the wrongs. The section deals with optimism and various techniques through which we can get over our wrong deeds. “The poem “friendship” is a beautiful exam of the above statement. The touch of some other feelings to the protagonist heals the wound to some extent, and this particular example is very much valid for new young teenagers who feel they have inhaled depression.
The last part is “the poetic saga” which basically briefs down each and every emotion which are displayed throughout the poetic journey.
Lastly i would like to mention about the beautiful sketches which are presented beside each poems. Cheers to the author for such creative thought processing(
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK-
Extraordinary plot and the sub-plots
Author’s use of simple yet very unique style of highlighting the emotions
The flow with which the poetic journey progresses.
The catalyst that is the superb sketches used in the book.
“The cheat in emotions, Disrupting lives and actions! Passing through trivially, while growing through the fractions”
A great piece of poetry weaved with emotion throughout.
You would experience emotion(
Overall I would like to rate the book 45 on a scale of 50.
5 stars out of 5
Originality of the poems- 9/10
Net emotions in the story- 10/10
Usage of words and phrases-9/10
The title, cover and the illustration-9/10
The net impact on the readers- 8/10
If you want to feel emotion or if you want to breathe in emotions,
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