Ambrosia Sides, by Abhijita Kulshrestha, 2019

Title: Ambrosia Sides

Author: Abhijita Kulshrestha

Publisher: Shakti Books, an imprint of Har-Anand Publications Pvt Ltd

Genre: Poetry

Format: Paperback

Language: English

No. of pages: 120

My review:

I received a review copy from the author in return for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Ambrosia Sides was an enjoyable poetry read and I absolutely enjoyed it. There is a very strong spiritual undercurrent to it and I think that is why many of the poems touch your souls.

The poet conveys through her poems various important themes and it reflects on us as well. She talks about fate, of what it means to be a woman, the treatment of women at the hands of men, gender oppression eve teasing, the concepts of consent/rape, of looking away from it, as well as the power of faith, healing, the will to live, or the utter lack of it, journeys โ€“ both mental and emotional, sisterhood etc.

Some of my favourite poems in the collection are โ€“ QUEST, A WISP, OUTLAWS, ALLURE, MONSOONS, SNAP, TIDES, THE WAIT, RIOT, BALM, CLOSURE, HEARTBREAK, VAGABOND, MIND BENDER, MYSTERY and THREAT. From the names of the poems itself, it is clear that the author has written about a variety of emotions that we as humans go through every day. The issue of identity also plays an important role in our lives and this crisis is seen in the poems.

There is a spiritual note to the poems, and magical strands of lyricism entwine the collection. The power of memories, waiting/expectations, desire, depression, awareness/presence etc. are some of the other issues that can be seen in the poems.

Apart from the poems, I also loved the book cover; it is so simple yet so elegant!

Verdict:

Ambrosia Sides was an enjoyable read and I rated it a 4/5 stars!

About the reviewer:

Nayanika Saikia, is one of the foremost book reviewers from the North-east and Assam, and is also an admin for the official India bookstagram page on Instagram. She publishes her own reviews and recommendations for poetry, fiction, non-fiction etc. on her bookstagram account @pretty_little_bibliophile which won the NorthEast Creator Awards 2018, as well as in daily newspapers, online magazines etc.  She can be contacted at nayanikasaikia98@gmail.com .

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