What Amazon says
“Roads” is a poetic rendezvous that takes the reader on a panoramic journey, making one pause, ponder and celebrate life.
The book is a light, alluring read that instantly strikes a chord and elevates one’s spirits. A trove of 60 poems, it is quilled with beads of nine virtues: Courage, Wisdom, Serenity, Love, Hope, Strength, Joy, Compassion and Gratitude. The verses encapsulate life’s ebbs and flows while prompting the reader to enjoy its simple pleasures.
“Roads” is a book that you would want to keep on your bedside, for a quiet read before retiring for the night or for the morning wisdom to seize the day. With poems revolving around emotions that each of us experiences, “Roads” very easily develops a personal connect with the reader that is defiantly refreshing.
“Roads” is a journey with verses. Take it on yours.
Roads: A Journey With Verses is a beautiful book of mainly freestyle poetry written by Smitha Vishwanath and Vandana Bhasin. I have read and enjoyed a lot of poetry on Smitha’s blog in the past, but this was my first introduction to Vandana’s poetry.
I thought this was a wonderful combination of work by two talented poets and I enjoyed the different styles of writing by the two contributors. Smitha writes delicately beautiful poems in which her messages are subtly shrouded as if within a loving cocoon of words. Vandana’s writing is more strident and forthright, but I enjoyed her style equally and her strong messages for women’s rights moved me greatly.
This book is divided into sections as follows: Courage, Wisdom, Serenity; Love, Strength, Compassion and Joy, Hope, Gratitude. Each section is divided into subsections setting out an arrange of delightful poems in each subcategory. Each subsection is introduced with a short introductory verse which conveys its meaning for the poets and each poem is introduced with a paragraph setting out the the meaning and purpose of the specific poem to the writer. I really enjoyed reading about the inspiration and meaning behind each poem.
A selection of my favourite verses from this book are as follows:
From the sub-section Strength –
Believe in yourself by Vandana Bhasin
“They’ll laugh at you, and even ridicule you
They’ll even endeavor to enervate your spirits
But let the force of their dissuasion empower your faith
and the sound of their derision echo your beliefs
Believe in yourself, even when none believes in you.”
From the sub-section Compassion –
Help! She’s calling by Smitha Vishwanath
“Her eyes shone a tear, her lips quivered with
fear; down her face ran a scar, like a spear.
Her leg bruised, her hand bleeding, she felt a
From the sub-section Joy –
Tender moments by Smitha Vishwanath
“Their countenance silken smooth; serene
Tugs my heart, an enticing scene
Distinctly different, yet subtly the same –
Contrasting as night and day; asleep, they look
– Oh! So tame
Their striking silhouette, in the mellow moonlit night
Slightly stirring, they curl; enraptured, I gaze at the sight
One’s creamy-white skin peeps form the warm woolen quilt above
And the other’s little chocolaty toe pushes its way from below
One, strong and athletic; the other, dainty and petite
Pole apart in every way; a miracle I behold, a divine treat.
From the sub-section Hope –
Wings of freedom by Vandana Bhasin
“Wings of freedom are all I need
I want to live and not just breathe
I want to fly high like a bird
I want to dream big, not chase the world”
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About the authors
About Smitha Vishwanath
About Vandana Bhasin