WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
These days when you browse through top online bookstores or visit any of the brick & mortar bookstores, you don’t come across many poetry books. It is therefore quite astounding and impressive when one comes across such a book which boasts not just of poetry but poetry with an implication. Sarang Kawade’s Pendulum is one such book and reading it was indeed a rewarding experience. A little apprehensive, and equally excited in the beginning, (apprehensive because it was after a very long time I was holding poetry in my hand and excited because I wanted to indulge in this literary feat) I sat down most earnestly to read the book and revel in its poetic marvel.
Pendulum is a collection of 48 poems and short stories with both flowing throughout the course of the book in no particular order. Both short stories and poems are based on a myriad of themes which renders the book a feel of an exquisite potpourri. Though the author writes on different themes, the book more or less speaks about human life; the way it has changed in the recent times, the value of nature in our lives, human grief and many more.
Though all the poems and stories are very engrossing, I was particularly moved by a few. The poem “Burqa Clad Butterfly”, which is a letter by a daughter to her father, is very moving. In it, the daughter urges her father to understand her and give her just once chance to break free of the shackles of the veil which has become an inseparable part of her life, and which does not let her enjoy the gush of fresh air and the feel of the wind. Another poem which moved me a lot was the one about technology and how it has changed us over time. Humans, who once revelled in the company of close family, friends, colleagues and even co-passengers are now denying themselves the pleasure of such companionship only because they now spend the same amount of time and effort on their gadgets.
All episodes, be it in the form of a short story or a poem, have a story to tell, and each story has its own purpose and is unique in its own way. I liked the way Sarang has explored what is often neglected and undiscovered by other contemporary writers, and the beauty with which he expresses his heartfelt emotions about the most unwritten and unexpressed concepts. I also liked the book cover a lot; with the mystifying art on both the front and back pages and an equally mystifying title, the book is a sure shot crowd drawer.
In the end, I wish the author a very best and sincerely hope to read many such works from him in future.
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