Malhaar : When it pours, soak yourself in poetry

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Published: 4/12/2018
Beneath every cloud There is a story. A story waiting to burst, A story of love, A story of grief, A story to inspire, Let it pour!

‘Malhaar’, is a book of poems by Ambica Uppal. Just like its name, the poems in the book are a down pour of pain and longing. But amidst their greyness there are instances of the yellow hued hope peeking through. This makes reading them very interesting. The poems are short and yet bring out the pathos so easily. Some of them would do well as quotes. 

The entire book is done in black and white. The illustrations, by Ashween Kaur, too are minimalistic adding to the bleakness and simplicity of the poems. The clean lines add value to the written words. The print quality is great. The glossy and smooth finish is perfect for the poems.

The poems are divided into six sections. Listed below are excerpts from my favorite poems from each section….. 

 

  • Solitude 

The same solitude, 
That rescues me at night
When each of these people 
Leave…
One by one.

  • Love, Ah! Love

Strange are the ways of love
For with my injured words
I strung a song together

  • Resilience 

My heart lays heavy
With all the specs of dust
That have dimmed my spirit
Through the day.
But,
I breath in hope again

  • Roars Of Silence!

Every pore in my body wanted to feel you beside me,
But you had been long gone, far, far away,
And there I lay, fighting the roars of silence within!

  • You Are Strong

But
Those cracks shifted,
Made their way to places,
And formed a new me

  • Stay Sane My Future Child 

When the sun shines on your face
When your step has a joyous spring to it.
Hold on! Don’t go wild

 

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Shweta Singh
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