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The Midnight Scrawls: A Review

The Midnight Scrawls
The Midnight Scrawls

The Midnight Scrawls was an okay poetry book.

More than that, it was a visual treat. The book is very much like an album and I loved the various shots that accompanied the poetic pieces. they were all in black and white and I think that that really enhanced and helped make the poems more impactful.

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As for the topics, the pieces cover a wide range such as innocent love, family, self-discovery, depression, and mental health, gratitude, war, religion, etc. There were also other snippets of works apart from the poems, such as letters and simple writeups, etc.

However, I do think that the execution could have been better. For instance, rounds of editing would have really cleared all the errors and made the reading experience much smoother. I also felt that certain pieces were a bit repetitive but overall, it was okay. Definitely could have been a bit better though.

I do look forward to seeing what more works the author comes up with. As for The Midnight Scrawls, I rate it 3/5 stars.

Glorious Shadows, by Krishna Sawant: A Review

Glorious Shadows
Glorious Shadows

Glorious Shadows is a collection of poems by Krishna Sawant which touched a wide variety of topics ranging from self-love to hope, with tones ranging from realistic to tragic as well.

While blank verse has become very common nowadays and you can find a poet around every corner, I do believe that Sawant has the special something in her writing. I felt her poems through me and although I cannot say I have personally experienced each and everything here, the emotions were portrayed in such a way that I could relate and empathize. Therein lies the quality of a poet, I feel and hence, I can truly say that Sawant has done a great job.

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There are also tiny illustrations at the bottom of every pg and the titles of the poems are added at the bottom as well, a style which is becoming more and more popular everyday.

There are various pieces that I personally loved and adored and I shall mention a few here:

  • Stop Selling My Soul
  • I Destroyed Myself
  • Sigh
  • Disguise
  • Nicotine
  • Silent Spectator
  • Atelophobia
  • Curdled Love
  • Maya
  • Rigid
  • Waxing and Waning
  • Writing of a Suicide Note
  • Flatlined
  • I

I rated this collection 4/5 stars.

Zidd, Hetansh Desai, 2018

Title: Zidd
Author: Hetansh Desai
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 162
Vihaan looked at the skies, took a deep breath and shouted, ‘I want to be on the hoarding outside her flat!’
Parth did not react right away. After a few minutes, he asked, ‘Sorry? What is that?’
‘She said she doesn’t want to see my face. So, now I want to ensure she sees my face every day the first thing in the morning.’
Parth took a step towards Vihaan. He shrugged his shoulders, confusedly. ‘I don’t understand.’
‘There’s a hoarding outside her flat.’
‘And you want to be on it?’
Witness the roller coaster journey of Vihaan, a college dropout, and Parth, a tea vendor, as they strive to buy the most expensive hoarding space in Ahmedabad.
My review:
Zidd means Stubbornness. As such, I feel that the title is apt and to the point when it comes to the story. The author takes us on a fast paced ride with Vihaan and Parth and one cannot help but feel that the reader is actually watching a Bollywood movie. In Parth and Vihaan we find complete foils to each other- where Parth is the son of a tea vendor but want to start his own business, Vihaan is the son of a successful businessman who wants his son to follow in his footsteps, but Vihaan instead opts for a Liberal Arts course.
The whole story is quite interesting as we come across the different marketing adventures that both for these young man have individually. It is a nice and also a very intriguing subject to read about, as a person who is not from the commerce background. Their struggles and aspirations, are quite praiseworthy and nice to read about. And not to mention, very inspiring at times. Moreover, the author has spent quite some time on the character development and it clearly shines through.
The themes of love, betrayal, inspiration, ambitions, the struggle to reach them, are all well explored. The language used is simple and easy to understand. This is perhaps a good choice for any beginner as well as someone who would want to pick up something light, and not very intense.
Apart from these, two certain things did not sit well with me. Firstly, I feel that the author could have explained certain points a bit more eloquently. And secondly, there is multiple use of swear words which may not be suitable for a younger audience.
This was a really surprisingly interesting read. I rate the content a 4/5 stars!