Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Book Review: An Ode to Shimla by Sanjeev Bansal

An Ode to Shimla - Book Cover

The book is provided by Arudha Club in exchange for a genuine review.

Book Name: An Ode to Shimla

Poet: Sanjeev Bansal

Publisher: Virgin Leaf Books

Price: Rs. 150

Sanjeev Bansal's exquisite poems are epistles to the past, reflections upon the future and heartbreaking meditations upon the metaphysics of daily transcendence. One of the most subtly imaginative poets, Bansal bravely transcribes his love for the hilly terrains of Shimla into the charged intersections of love and rejection, nature and religion, loss and renewal. His poems are lucid snapshots developed in a subtle amalgam of memory and intuition. Lyrical and linguistically inventive and yet faithful to poesy of European gloom, Bansal investigates complex personal history, family and romantic love in carefully sculpted lines, thereby making his poetry an odyssey at once metaphorically and emphatically real.

'An Ode to Shimla' is a beautiful collection of 54 poems. As the name suggests, the poems are centered around Shimla. The place, Shimla has been described so well that you can visualise it at some places when reading. The poems are written from heart which gives them a personal touch. The emotions have been portrayed well. Some poems of this collection are of the kind where you read it, close the book and feel/think about it. The only thing that I didn't like was the book dimensions. I found it small.
An Ode to Shimla will be a good sunday read.

I rate:
Cover- 3/5
Poems- 3.5/5 

My overall rating for 'An Ode to Shimla' is 3.5/5 stars.

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