I don't think it's any secret around these parts that I love poetry. It's beautiful to me and it's something that I think everyone should read because it evokes so many emotions. When I received the opportunity to review Saris and a Single Malt by Sweta Vikram, I was thrilled to check it out.
Here's a brief synopsis of the book:
Saris and a Single Malt is a moving collection of poems written by a daughter for and about her mother. The book spans the time from when the poet receives a phone call in New York City that her mother is in a hospital in New Delhi, to the time she carries out her mother’s last rites. The poems chronicle the author’s physical and emotional journey as she flies to India, tries to fight the inevitable, and succumbs to the grief of living in a motherless world. Divided into three sections, (Flight, Fire, and Grief), this collection will move you, astound you, and make you hug your loved ones.
This book was hard for me to read emotionally because I have not lost a parent and the thought of it terrifies me. One of our first relationships is that between parent and child and it's disconcerting to think about no longer having that connection. So I read most of the book with tears in my eyes and a frog in my throat. I felt for the author very much because of her grief and sadness.
One of my favorite poems from the book is "It's Not Easy" where Vikram writes:
It's in our silence
that you hear goodbye.
It's in our tears
that you see the marks your absence left behind.
It's beautiful and sad at the same time. And it hurts my heart to think about what she went through. I don't handle difficult situations well, and in trying to put myself in her shoes, I just felt this gaping wound. I appreciated reading her beautiful poetry and I only wish there was more of it. More of her and her mother's backstory, more of their memories together.
About the Poet:
Sweta Srivastava Vikram, featured by Asian Fusion as “one of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Amazon bestselling author of 11 books, writing coach, columnist, marketing consultant, and wellness practitioner who currently lives in New York City. A graduate of Columbia University, she also teaches the power of yoga, Ayurveda, & mindful living to female trauma survivors, creative types, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. Sweta is also the CEO-Founder of NimmiLife, which helps you attain your goals by elevating your creativity & productivity while paying attention to your wellness.
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Modern History Press (2016)
Available on: Amazon
Author's Website: http://swetavikram.com/
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
This review was coordinated by Poetic Book Tours.