“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.
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!
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!