Book Review – If Only It Were Spring Everyday By Mohua Chinappa

Book: If Only It Were Spring Everyday
Author: Mohua Chinappa
Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors (2024)
Total Pages: 96

Based upon the common lifetime experiences, poet Mohua Chinappa’s poetry collection, “If Only It Were Spring” offers a poignant and thought provoking exploration of love, pain, and the complexities of the human life. Through the various remarkable poems featured in this book, author-poet Mohua delves into the depths of human emotion, weaving together words that resonate with both hope and despair. Moreover, her work is a successful attempt in portraying the ups and downs and the sunny and the cloudy days that every human comes across in life. Adding more to the beauty of this poetry collection is the essence of emotions that is portrayed by the poet in her work.

Through the ‘40 Relatable Poems’ featured in this book, poet Mohua Chinappa has truly presented the readers and the poetry lovers with some emotionally awakening and thoughtful new age poetry. With her brilliant work in this poetry collection, she had proved that the notion of poetry occurs when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found the right set of words. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality!

Author-Poet Mohua Chinappa, an accomplished author, columnist, and podcast host of The Mohua Show, shares powerful stories of displacement and the gender struggles in her fearless content. Her book, Nautanki Saala and Other Stories” addresses cultural-economic shifts, and has been translated into Hindi as well. As a podcaster, she amplifies voices facilitating change. Author Mohua who is a TEDx speaker, has received numerous awards including the Change-maker Award. Mohua also runs an initiative called NARI: that aims to empower the unheard voices of 160 million Indian homemakers. While, this particular title, “If Only It Were Spring Everyday” is published by Srishti Publishers & Distributors and is released in February 2024. The book is available in paperback as well as in e-book format and the readers can grab a copy of this title from any of the top online marketplaces.

The poems in this collection, “If Only It Were Spring” cover a wide range of subjects, from the universal themes of love and longing to the harsh realities of the societal injustices and even the issue of environmental degradation. Mohua Chinappa’s verses invites the readers to reflect on their own lives and emotions.  It is really interesting to note that the poems in this title are not based upon any particular or fixed theme, each of the poem presents a different subject matter. However, this continuous transition in the themes with every successive poem may seem bit overwhelming for the readers. Moreover, the length of the poems in this title varies to a wide range too as, some poems are just a few stanzas long while, the others are a few pages long. Therefore, the readers are bound to experience the variety of all kinds in this title. In addition, the poet’s work in this title is a journey through the labyrinth of human emotions. Her lyrical verses display a deep understanding of the complexities of the heart, offering the readers a glimpse into the beauty and fragility of human connections!

Coming to the choice of the book title, let me mention that the author has been wise enough to go for a real ‘Catchy Title’ for her poetry collection book. The title, “If Only It Were Spring” for this book of poems is certainly an appropriate one, with reference to the collection of poems added to this book by the author. A title, so unique and thought provoking simply compels you as a poetry lover to pick up this book for a read. In this case, the title is also giving a very optimistic vibe, which will urge to go inside the poems and try to understand the poet’s expression of words. Interestingly, the title, “If Only It Were Spring Everyday” serves as a metaphor for the eternal longing for renewal and rebirth. In a world filled with darkness and despair, Mohua’s poetry offers a glimmer of hope, reminding readers that even in the midst of adversity, there is beauty to be found and love to be cherished. In addition, I must mention that the title of this book is much justified with regards to the poems in this book. Undoubtedly, it is a very apt Book Title for this wonderful book of poems.

One of the standout features of this title is the poet’s ability to infuse her poetry with a sense of urgency and relevance. Drawing inspiration from her work and her observations of the world around her, she tackles the pressing issues such as gender inequality, violence, and environmental destruction with courage and conviction. Through her words, she gives voice to the voiceless and shines a light on the injustices that plague society. Well, the way author had expressed herself with her well-versed poems in this poetry collection title, “If Only It Were Spring Everyday” is something really incredible and is undoubtedly an enough reason for you to shift your focus towards her poems and give this book a chance!

It is the poet, who plays the pivotal role in touching the inner cords of our emotions and making us believe and think the way their words intend to and Author-Poet, Mohua Chinappa had done this job in an exceptionally top-notch manner. Moreover, the author had beautifully expressed her feelings through her deep words and had given a Strong-Start to the poems; also, you can see that most of these poems had retained their flow until the very end, which gives you an immense amount of satisfaction as a poetry lover.

Finally, coming to the overall conclusion for this book, let me right away say that a title like, “If Only It Were Spring Everyday” is for sure a MUST READ one. The book deserves a chance since it is a powerful and moving collection of poetry that speaks to the heart and soul of the human experience. The poet’s words are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of love and compassion. This book is certainly a reading worthy work for anyone seeking solace, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of the world around them. The way author had penned down her emotions and feelings through her writings will make the readers go deep into the poems and find out the hidden meanings of the words, used in these poems!

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