Book Review – Whirlpool ‘A Collection of Poems’ by Ridhima Joshi Is being featured at The Literature Today Magazine Vol 2, Issue 4

“The notion of poetry occurs when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found 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!”

Contributing to the literary genre called poetry, this book “Whirlpool”authored by Ridhima Joshi is undoubtedly a reflection of the author’s self as happy or sad or engulfed with thoughts of the past endeavors and failures at times. Moreover, being one of the mass called humans, her work is a successful attempt in portraying the ups and downs and sunny and the cloudy days that every human comes across in life.

About the Author: Author Ridhima Joshi, uses the pronouns She/They. They are a Poet from Mumbai, India and wrote their first poem at age of thirteen, from start until now – as of 2022, they have been writing for seven years. In its inception, they would write on global writers’ app Wattpad that served as their poetry portfolio, wherein thousands of readers have read it globally before making its way out here!

Prior to releasing their own solo book, they were featured as a Co-Author in several Poetry Anthologies in 2021. Aside from writing, they also have demonstrated work experiences, with their start in the field of social impact. Focusing on youth empowerment, they have worked in NGOs, Youth Delegate Programs and have received opportunities to get glimpses into the working of United Nations Agencies through its vast programmes. Academically, they are inclined towards study of Law and in the near future, they aim to fulfill their childhood dream by becoming a Diplomat – representing the country, serving humanity, before stepping into other fields.

Book’s Theme & Introduction: Poetry – This book, “Whirlpool” by Author-Poet Ridhima Joshi is having a brilliant collection of poems, one after another that is fulfils the minds of the readers of all ages. The poems of this book are a blend of topics across different genres. Similar to Yin and Yang – there is a balance of dark, light and grey. The poet has composed these poems by observing the world as it is. On people, on topics deemed unconventional & unspoken like poems on Mental Health, on Lgbtqia+ Community, on silence – solitude, love and grief, there is a slice of pie for everyone who would like to have a serving of the blend. With this book, the author hopes that her poems resonate with the readers, make them feel heard, acknowledged or seen; bring them comfort during their ups & downs!

Book Title: The title, “Whirlpool” for this poetry collection book is certainly an appropriate one, with reference to the collection of poems added to this book by the Author. In addition, it is a very ‘Catchy Title’ and this is something, which makes the book even more interesting, as the title itself compels you as a poetry lover to pick up this book for a read. In this case, the title is giving a very interesting as well as strong vibe so you would feel the urge to go inside the chapters and try to understand the Author’s expression of words!

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 for this poetry collection book and the Author had been extremely wise to go for this title.

Book Cover: The portrayal of “a quickly rotating mass of water (whirlpool)” in the book’s front cover is creating a very “Specular Impression!” In addition, the book cover is also reflecting a very strong vibe just like the book’s title. The readers can interpret the book cover design in a thousand different ways as per their sense of interpretation, but the most common interpretation could be that the illustration on the book cover is showing the Author’s idea of everything getting drawn towards the centre, like what happens when a whirlpool forms!

Readers’ Connect: The way, Authorhad expressed herself with her well versed poems in this poetry collection book, “Whirlpool” 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, Ridhima Joshi 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!

Verdict: A title like “Whirlpool” is for sure a Must-Read oneand deserves a chance. The way author had penned down her emotions and feelings through her writings will make you go deep into the poems and find out the hidden meanings of the words, used in these poems. Author Ridhima Joshi is a promising poet, who is very honest with her emotions, which makes her writings honest and reading worthy as well.

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