Lei: A wreath for your soul Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : October 16, 2015
- File size : 4180 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 116 pages
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B016S9XHE2
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,890,444 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Somali does not launch right into poetry but prepares the reader for what is to come; what she is trying to accomplish. She begins with a brief description of how social media has shaped our communications because the type of poetry she uses in the book, Haiku and Tanka, are suited to the short bursts of words in the digital world. She includes a brief history on these poetic forms that clearly depicts her reason for using them.
Thus enlightened the reader is ready for the divisions she has made by creating four categories (Nature, Life, Illusion, Inspiration) to accommodate the nuances of her poems. Each poem is given further expression by a picture and sometimes a quote or brief reference or explanation. This is not one of those books where one must wonder what was meant.
Haiku and Tanka, as you learn before you start reading the poems, are meant to convey essence of meaning, so each poem is short and minimal. It reminded me of taste testing chocolates from a large assortment. I can’t say there was a flavor I didn’t like. But there were certain poems that penetrated more than others with me like Soaking in Colours, Rainbow and the Moon, Everest and Fractals in Nature. Those poems are in the Nature section, and Somali has a gift for laying open nature with simple clarity. But my favorite section was Illusion. I particularly liked Spell and Dormant Desires. The pictures and the words worked seamlessly to offer a small but delightful illusion.
It would be easy to go on about this small gem of a book. Overall it had the feel of well-planned simplicity. I came to the end feeling a little lighter, that I’d learned something, and that I got more than I paid for.
With her book, Lei: A wreath for your soul, Somali establishes herself as one of the promising voices on the modern indian literature scene. The verses are full of deep thought, philosophy, and beautiful meaning. One of the biggest challenges of writing good poetry is that a word here or there can completely throw a great work off. In case of Lei, the choice of words is fantastic, and it all comes together so beautifully. I can't wait for the next book from Somali.
It's written so beautifully with simplicity. I loved her prologue the most, even before I started reading her poems! Somali perfectly described the idea behind every great writer. To believe in your words no matter what, loving the beauty to express yourself, and have your readers to find passion with the greater world around them.
She uses Haiku and Tanka styles in the book. My favorite ones (which were many) used metaphorical imagery intertwined with nature. Her brief descriptions reinforce her poetic ideals, equally as interesting as the thoughts tailored in her craft. My poetic review to you: read this for yourself, and be utterly impressed.
Somali has categorized her poems under Nature, Life, Illusion, and Inspiration. All four are inseparable, Nature nurtures and inspires life and the latter often makes us wandering in the whirlpool of illusion.
The poems make you think, wonder and often you’ll be mesmerized by the way the author has painted the world with words. In poems where the syllables are numbered, one has to be nifty in choosing words, the end effect depending entirely on it. Somali has done it with ease, the readers almost lose themselves in the enjoyment of words.
Lei: A Wreath For Your Soul is a breezy read. Like the softness of the fragrant spring breeze, it leaves you in peace and comfort, desiring for more. I especially want to cite this tanka from the collection, this one, I think, has been nicely buoyed by a deep sense of philosophy:
Looking back in time,
joining dots, I find, a few
moments, which seemed
once mild, have surreptitiously
shaped and bent the course of life.
The book is an amazing read for all poetry lovers. I hope the author would come up with more of her collection in the future.
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by Somali K Chakrabarti
Rating: Four Stars
Drawing from the Haiwaiian language, Lei is a garland of poems penned by Somali K Chakrabarti that touches the soul. The small book of poem, Lei-A Wreath for your Soul-is a commendable effort where the author expressed about hope, greed and rising against odd in the book divided into four parts, Nature, Life, Illusion and Inspiration. It’s a treasure chest of poems.
Somali draws a strong analogy that articulates her thoughts in poems that will not only struck a chord in your heart but will deeply touch your senses. It’s a must read where the author has explained in a simple manner on the battle fought by humans. The icing on the cake is the pictures in the book that is in sync with the powerful words weaved. It’s about the self belief when we are on slippery road or compass about someone’s personal outlook to life.
The poems are inspired by the Japanese Tanka and Haiku. It’s a must have and the book penned by Somali will accompany you in the train or bus journey. It’s refreshing and rejuvenates you after a hard day. Lei-A Wreath for your soul-is a must read and infuses positive energy. I’d call it the light of the warrior to rejuvenate the soul. Aesthetic, powerful and refreshing.
On a slippery note,
Defying pull, tug on hope,
Stands the Balancing Rock!
–Somali K Chakrabarti
Somali doesn' restrict herself to poetry just about Nature, a more common theme, but includes three other sections: Life, Inspiration, and Illusion. Even in Nature, she treads on myriad paths from waves, clouds, and rainbows to tuskers, bumble bees, and even fractals. The other three sections similarly have haikus/tankas on a range of topics.
Overall, a lovely collection of poems which could be revisited many times, every time exposing a new layer of meaning, or a new tinge of emotion.
The micro-poetries in the book are inspired by nature and reflecting on life. They are written following the Japanese poetry forms haiku and tanka.
Haiku is Japanese poetry form which captures a moment, especially the contrast in it, and depicts it in three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. It is derived from ancient poetry form, called renga. Renga is a linked-verse poetry form in which two or more poets supplied alternating sections of a poem. The length of a renga could go to 100 verses or even 1000 verses. The shortest renga is a tan renga which is composed by two poets, one supplying the first three lines of five, seven, and five syllables called hokku or initial verse and the other the last two lines of seven syllables each. Later, Masaoka Shiki declared the hokku as an independent poetry form, called haiku.
Tanka could be understood as a tan renga composed by a single poet.
Lei, in Hawaiian language, means wreath. A wreath could be understood as an arrangement of flowers and leaves in shape of a circle.
The author says that each poem in her book is like a fragrant flower which is meant to celebrate life, generate positivism, and soothe the soul. And, I’m in complete agreement with the author. Haiku isn’t about meaning but feeling. Haiku is painting in words and the author seems good in it. Just look at the very first haiku of the book:
Woken from slumber
Waves welcome the rising sun
Just visualize it and feel its grandeur. I’m sure the book will be a refreshing experience for you.