Book Review – Eclectic Verses – Radhika Puttige


Life is a mix of many things, particularly thoughts and emotions which we feel in our day to day life. Good, bad, happy, sad, peace, nervous, jealous etc. we all have encountered with these feelings in life. In fact, life is broad and diverge in terms of our journey and our feelings. These broadness and divergence are beautifully captured poetically in a book titled “Eclectic Verses”, written by Radhika Puttige. The book gives a beautiful poetic presentation of various thoughts of life which is a mix of various emotions.

About the Author

Radhika Puttige had spent a decade as a teacher and now utilizing her time in creative work including writing. Eclectic Verses is her debut book as an author. She has presented the aspects of life in the form of haiku and poems in her debut book.

It is of paramount importance to mention that the author is a well-known blogger. Yes, she is the blogger at https://radhikasreflection.wordpress.com/  She is a brilliant writer and the master of writing haikus and poems. Many congratulations for publishing her collections of haikus and poems. 😊  Do visit her blog for amazing writings.

About the Book

Eclectic Verses is a collection of haikus and poems, 125 in total. The author had segregated various aspects of life in this book like emotions, present world, silence etc. Various emotional ripples which one experiences in life are presented in well crafted haikus and poems. So is the case with others. She had touched all the genre in this book. Anger, betrayal, motivational, nature loving, resilience, success, failure, karma, solitude etc. are presented beautifully in the form of haikus and poems.

My body breathes
But my soul is buried deep.

The book is full of such powerful excerpts which makes it an interesting and pleasant read. The author had brilliantly raised the present-day problem of addiction to social media in one of the poems titled “Disconnect”. An extract from that poem need a worth mention.

Thousands of friends on social media
Yet, not a single real one
***
Toxic social media eroded deep into lives
Today, humanity is tangled by wires of technology
Connected virtually, but disconnected in person.

The above excerpt is self-explanatory and such kind of verses in the book makes it a wonderful read. The best part of the book is the haikus and poems can be easily related to the readers. This is one of the most important reason to give it a read.

In one of the haikus, the author had described brilliantly the irony of life.

Irony of life
Battle of past and future
Present forgotten

Read the book for such beautiful verses and enjoy. Being a poetess, the author had dedicated a poem on poetry. She writes various phases of writing a poem, from thought generation to crafting words, editing and finalizing it. One should read the book to get a glimpse of such kind of literary pieces.

Eclectic Verses

The author had smartly raised few of the social issues including women empowerment and terrorism in poetic manner. She had also touched the issue of true and fake people or better to say, people masking their face to appear true. There are many haikus and poems describing natures beauty and the pleasant feeling of experiencing the same.

The author had also provided the sense of spirituality in her debut book. Prayer, meditation, nirvana, karma etc. she presents all such aspects in lucid manner. A haiku on solitude is a worth mention.

Solitary self
Under the blue parasol
Feels blissful moments

In a nutshell, Radhika Puttige had given a very ‘”good read” book on poems and haikus which should be considered to have a read, for all poems and haikus lover. Easily related poem, touching various emotions, natural beauty, spirituality, present world, and the problems etc. all are provided poetically. A very good book to read with various genre in one go.

-Ashish Kumar

जज़्बात


जज़्बात कभी हालात ने बदले,

तो कभी मुलाकात ने बदले।

जज़्बात कभी रात के अंधियारों ने बदले,

तो कभी जीवन के अंधकार ने बदले।

कभी आग की लपटों में जज़्बात जल गए,

तो कभी दिल की आग में धुआं बन उड़ गए।

शाम ढलते कभी दिल के कब्र में चले गए,

तो कभी भोर होते वापस दिल में बस गए।

जज्बात कभी कोहरा बन उड़ गए,

तो कभी अश्रुओं की बारिश में बह गए।

जज़्बात कभी हालात ने बदले,

तो कभी मुलाकात ने बदले।

दिलवालों की बस्ती में कभी दिल ही न मिले।

फिर इंसान का दिल भगवान या खुदा से कैसे मिले?

क्या थे और क्या से क्या हो गए।

कभी दूध और पानी के प्यासे थे,

अब खून के प्यासे हो गए।

इतने रंग बदले कि बेरंग हो गए,

जज़्बात अब कागज़ में ही गुम हो गए।

जज़्बात अब कागज़ में ही गुम हो गए।

Ashish Kumar

An Incomplete Poem


One day I thought of writing a poem.
After a big gap of many months.
Thought came and so do words.
I tried to pen down my words.
Mind was full of feelings and emotions.
I was trying to portray my inner situation.
Blurred in the midst of day and night.
I was writing the journey of my life.

Moving the pen slowly on the paper.
I started to describe my feelings on paper.
The journey which was belligerent and haunted.
Made me to write which needs to be trusted.
I gave my all effort to depict the suffering.
Slowly tears came while recalling.
During the course of the ups and downs.
I did have nervous breakdown.
Relationships became trading port.
I was left without any support.
Recalling those memoirs while writing.
My hand and brain were shivering.
I took a break for a while.
Hoping to smile while I write.

Couple of hours passed and I sat again to write.
Moving into deep of my heart to portray that drive.
Powerful emotions and strong words were chosen.
Unable to phrase the sentence, the poem was left open.
The poem was incomplete and I was shocked.
Made me to realize, I entered the writer’s block.
Feelings, emotions and scenes everything I have selected.
The poem which I started to write never completed.
I look towards my literary piece of work.
Hoping to complete that work.
As I started to write and complete the poem.
Made me to feel, it’s an incomplete poem.

 – Ashish Kumar

The presence of diamond…


The thing which rests with you while you often ignore.
The people whom you often neglect while you explore.
The shower blessed by someone from his wishes.
And the thorny path turned into flowers from his wishes.
During the course of the journey one often forgets the importance of a gem.
Making the course slowly and reaching no end.
It is the ultimate truth which is often neglected.
As the presence of diamond is felt when it gets separated.

When you walk in the path which is smooth.
Prepared by someone with whom you were often rude.
Motivating you at each and every step.
At the end, he was not able to make his own step.
You enjoyed every moment and success  from the front end.
Ultimately leaving the one who was responsible from the back end.
It is the ultimate truth which is often neglected.
As the presence of diamond is felt when it gets separated.

Remember the journey of zero to hero.
Leaving the one alone as he became zero.
Can’t convey his pain when you were in disguise.
Sacrficing everything in order to make you rise.
Pushing you forward every time for your sake.
Making him lonely forever.
Wondered whether your presence was fake?
It is the ultimate truth which is often neglected.
As the presence of diamond is felt when it gets separated.

Ashish Kumar

सच्चे दिल से |


कल तुम्हे देखा था मैने |
कुछ इस नज़र से |
जैसे चाहने लगा हूँ तुम्हे |
सच्चे दिल से |
तुम्हारे चेहरे से झलकती मासूमियत |
मुझे खींचती है तुम्हारी ओर |
तुम्हारे होठों का सिसकना |
मुझे ले जाता है तुम्हारी ओर |
भूल जाता हूँ मैं सारे ग़म |
मैं और तुम अब बन जाए “हम” |

चेहरे पे असमंजस है ,
पर दिल मे कुछ और है |
ज़बान कुछ कहती है ,
पर आँखों मे कुछ और ही है |
साफ झलकता है प्यार ,
तुम्हारी आँखों से |
होठों की कश्मकश वो बताती है,
जो महसूस करती हो तुम…
अपने दिल की धड़कनो मे |

जब तुम पास रहती हो,
अछा लगता है |
दूर जाने की बात करके तुम,
मुझे क्यूँ सताती हो |
रूको कहो अपने दिल की |
सुन लो कुछ…
मेरे भी दिल की |
तुम्हारी नज़र कहती है,
मैं तुम्हारा हूँ |
मैं कहता हूँ की…
तुम मेरी हो |
तुम चाहती हो इस कदर से |
पर रोकती हो दिल को अपनी ज़ुबान से |
अब खेलना बंद करो |
कहना है जो सो कह दो |
रोको न खुद को मुझसे |
क्यूंकी…
चाहता हूँ मैं तुम्हे |
सच्चे दिल से…
सच्चे दिल से…

– Ashish Kumar