#AtoZChallenge Book Review

Dialogues From Within

Dialogues From Within”  is the beautiful title of a book of “poetry and verse to lift the spirit and soothe the soul” by my friend’s sister, Shobha Senan.

The first thing I loved about this book is its cover. I am not one to judge a book by its cover but I am not immune to a gorgeous cover either. So when I saw it the first time, I wanted to read the book.

Funny thing is – I am not much of a poetry reader, preferring humor, law/medical/crime fiction and whodunits and police procedurals. Don’t get me wrong, though! I do enjoy poetry – and in fact, took part in the month long Haiku Challenge in February 2012 and had a great time. Since I’ve read and enjoyed excerpts from the author’s brother – Dr.Chandra Senan’s books, I was curious to read Shobha’s verse, what with being tempted by the cover and all.

Soon enough, I received the book (thank you Dr Chandra) and decided to first speed read it. What did happen was, I ended up reading the book from cover to cover, literally. Poetry is a personal thing and I consider the limerick my favorite form. But I enjoyed reading Shobha’s verse, perhaps because I saw a deeper meaning in each verse than met the eye.

Let me share the words of the author from the back cover of the book:

Poetry is a revelation from a place deep within where dialogues never cease, ’till answers are found”. All of us receive these answers. Some of us respond to these voices from within. Others refuse to hear them.

Each time a poem emerges, a storm abates. Peace reigns and once again you feel connected.

Deep seated thoughts, convictions and resolutions manifest at this level. Questions that arise are inevitably answered.

This is what I am sharing with you in my collection “Dialogues from Within”

That is a very good description of the book and I couldn’t have written it better – and so I thought it best to quote Shobha.

Dialogues from Within

One of the things that stood out for me in this book is it felt like author was having a dialogue with the Almighty, a higher power – call it what you will – always appreciating, with an emphasis on her faith. Take this poem for instance:

On being yourself

Live the life you so rightly deserve
Free the soul you so desperately preserve
Rid yourself of false pretenses
And live your life free of defenses

Live for yourself and all that is real
For God in all his zeal
Meant you to be like yourself
And not like the others

Most of the poems evoke a reflective mood bringing on the realization that hope springs eternal, nothing lasts forever and there’s always the Supreme Power to turn to.

The book’s clean format makes for an easy read – images on the left and the poem on the right.

I wish the book had an “About the author” blurb. There is none.

Dialogues From Within : Poetry & Verse To Lift The Spirit & Soothe The Soul is available on Amazon. Get some soft music on, preferably instrumental and settle down to enjoy the book!

Question for you:

Do you enjoy poetry? Share a couple of lines from your favorite verse!

Dialogues from Within

Today is Day 4 of the AtoZChallenge 2013 and I recommend:

Damyanti – our dynamic A to Z Challenge co-host’s D.R.E.A.M Catchers #AtoZChallenge

The Daily Dish Recipes  – absolutely mouth-watering blog!

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47 Comments

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    sridevi
    April 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Thank You for this lovely post Vidya . I love poetry and any form of verse moves me . Here the way the author has defined poetry has found a deeper connection . Should definitely purchase this book 🙂
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    Laxmi Chundi Addanki
    April 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Lovely review – and the highlighted back cover rocks 🙂

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    Suzy
    April 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I absolutely adore poetry. I also write poetry and love to haiku – haven’t written one for a long time – thanks for reminding me. And thanks so much for sharing – will check out the book. My most favourite poem of all is Unending Love by Rabindranath Tagore.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Suzy, did we meet at the Haiku Challenge last year in Feb? Just wondered. Hope to see your poetry soon, perhaps during April? I love Tagore’s work too. So lyrical!

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    Afshan
    April 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I dream to get my poetry book published one day !!! good luck to ur sisters friend
    Each time a poem emerges, a storm abates. Peace reigns and once again you feel connected.——-this makes so much sense to me !

    My fav verse written by me is (from my first poem)
    dont want to sound like a narcisst but I LOVE the below lines. Nothing feels better than the poem written for the first time.
    Not always I will get such a Day.

    I hop I jump and enjoy my style.My Way.

    Youth is a boon given by God.

    Right or Wrong doesn’t matter and even what is Odd!

    I will be on my own way,

    And listen to what hearts say!!

    Fav poets are robert frost , Nizar Qabbani , ralph waldo emerson. Their poems and quotes ROCK

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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Frost is magical! Afshan, thanks for quoting that verse. 🙂 How nice of you! And I am sure we’ll be reading your book soon! Good luck!

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    Corinne Rodrigues
    April 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I love the title of the book and the contents seem even more exciting. Will try and pick it up off Flipkart because it’s not the kind of book I’d like to read on a Kindle! Thanks for sharing, Vidya.
    Heading of to check out the Daily Dishes. Your idea of recommending blogs alphabetically is really neat.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I loved the title too, Corinne. Would you like me to send you the book? I doubt that it is available on Flipkart. I recall Shobha’s brother, who sent me the book, mentioning it was only on Amazon.

      The blog reco was a sudden brainwave, I am glad I thought of it early! Thank you for your comment!

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    Ruchira
    April 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    This is the sort of book I would love to read ! Thanks for the review !
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      🙂 Glad you liked the review, Ruchira! Thank you!

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    Suzie Cheel
    April 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I love the poem you have shared, thank you and i have now subscribed by email as i missed your post on the A-Z challenge would have been perfect for my BEach Inspiration series. I don’t always open my reader. Next year
    all my love
    Suzie
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Awww, Suzie! Hugs! I’ll personally remind you next year. I am excited about your book!

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    Deena Dietrich
    April 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    beautiful post

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    Julie Barrett
    April 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Vidya, That’s lovely 🙂 I don’t read poetry much either but just like song lyrics (which are poetry too, right?) they are my “go to” to express sentiment in the deepest way.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      That’s exactly how I feel, Julie! I tend towards humorous verse, though! In fact, I used to convert my tough topics into poetry to study in college. 😀 Still have a poem on management principles around somewhere. I remember my folks at work promptly published it in the office magazine. 😀

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    Nandana
    April 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Apt title to the book. Poetry is what the soul speaks. Frankly, I’m not much of poetry person, maybe my brain is too superficial to grasp the beauty of poetry, but I try.

    Nice post, I like Haiku a bit, I feel like it’s speaking much more directly than other forms.

    P.S: Thanks for the smiles with every post 😉
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      😀 Poetry has so many forms, I understand what you’re saying, Nandana. My favorite is the limerick – i like a dash of humor!

      You’re welcome to the smiles 😀 I feel bad to say “Spammer”

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    janu
    April 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    This sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for sharing this.

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    sharmila
    April 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Sounds interesting Vidya. will surely read this one.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      You’ll enjoy it, Sharmila! Thanks!

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    Shail
    April 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I am not a poetry person. I know that’s strange coming from someone who has a book of verse to her credit. The irony! 🙂
    But this one does sound interesting.
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    Roshni
    April 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks so much for a lovely review, Vidya!
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you, too, Roshni. I am so enjoying reading your blog!

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    Make Money
    April 5, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Nice Blog.

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    Galen Pearl
    April 5, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Just caught up with your last several posts, including the lovely one about the Bhagavad-Gita (no wonder you are so enlightened!). Like you, I’m not always drawn to poetry, but I love this short one by Anais Nin: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Hugs, Galen! Enlightened, and me? It is so kind of you to say so!

      I love that quote by Anais Nin too. I actually collected a lot of Anais Nin quotes for A, but ended up writing something else.

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    Vishnu
    April 5, 2013 at 7:05 am

    NOt so much a poetry person Vidya, like you and Galen, but i do appreciate a good poem read by a good poet. Poems can be so moving, inspiring and resonate with the real truth in the world. It is unfettered creative expression usually from the depth of one’s soul. I also admire people who can write poetry.

    Are you actually doing a post a day? WOW! I was writing one per week for the year and that seems a little overwhelming:)

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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Sometimes it depends on the time/mood we read poetry, Vishnu. I love your comment!

      Come close, Vishnu…shhh… yes. I am going to post every day. And I am already feeling the strain – I am a twice/max thrice a week person. 😀 But it is fun!

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    Preetilata
    April 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Dialogues from Within… The title of the book itself evokes such a warm and reflective feeling. Looks to be a very promising book Vidya. Thanks for recommending it to us.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Yes, the title drew me in, too, Preetilata! It is a very nice book of verse. Thank you for commenting.

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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    April 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Looks like a wonderful book Vidya! I love poetry and really liked the one you included here. Thanks!
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the review, Betsy! I had a tough time choosing which one to show off from the book! 😀

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    Shilpa Garg
    April 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Poems and me are like cheese and cake… never the twain shall meet! 😀
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      🙂 Shilpa, I am thinking of all those who love cheese-cake! 😀

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    G Angela
    April 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    You have written very well vidya, the books appears inspiring, and I loved the way you presented it, thanks for sharing !

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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you, Angela. The book was put together by Shobha very lovingly.

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    Nathalie
    April 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Wow… Shobha’s description of poetry is so beautiful! 🙂 And it’s so true that when we are still and listen to the voice within us, the answeres will be there… as long as we choose to listen.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you, Nathalie. I quite enjoyed the book. 🙂

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    My Inner Chick
    April 12, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I love love love the title of the poetry book!

    I shall order.

    But I love you more than 5 ebonly panthers sipping water in Lake Victoria. XXxxxx
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    My Inner Chick
    April 12, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I mean EBONY 🙂
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