Thursday, 21 June 2018

Book Review: My Feathered Friends & the Book of Poems-Part 1

Book Title: My Feathered Friends & the Book of Poems-Part 1
Author:  Sunil Bhatia 
Publication Date: January 2017
Edition Language: English
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 230

Firstly, a big thanks to the author for sending across the book to me for review.

To begin with, the first thing I loved about the book is the quality of pages, the appealing bright cover and the textbook kind of feel that brought in nostalgia with it.

This book has majorly two halves, you may call it two-in-one. The first part is a narration of author's experiences, clubbed with his imagination and his love for nature. The second part comprises of poems.

The first part gives life to birds, and makes them the characters of the respective stories. Each of them leaves a positive impression on you, some thoughts that linger for long. They are like self-help lessons. Above all, they are not just usual do's and don'ts or speech kind of self help chapters, but interactive and story-like. The protagonist, who is a city dweller, converses with various species of birds. They are actually like his friends. A variety of birds, pigeons, peacocks, owls, parrots, doves and many others were his characters. The book is aptly titled "My Feathered Friends..."

Initially, not everyone may be able to digest the idea of the book. During first few pages, you may not be able to cope up with the frequency and the overall motive. But gradually, you start living in the book and believe in the world the author is showcasing- fiction, fantasy, self-help and poetry.

It shows the love of the author for birds and also, a different perspective altogether. Imagining birds to speak, narrate and give you life lessons is exemplary.

The second part has a poetic delight, well thought over, nicely composed poems. The poems are simple, easy read and convey messages individually. The poems belong to various categories, and each of them is for someone. They highlight the problems in the world, in very simple yet creative manner.

The author's way is very innovative, assuming the birds are conversing and being a part of his day-to-day life. I liked the first half of the book more than the poems. This is simply because, this style of narration and imagination is clearly distinct and rare.

After reading the first part, I am awaiting part two of this book!

I would recommend the book for all nature and poetry lovers. I rate it 3.5 on 5.

(PS: the reviews expressed here are based on my personal reading experience, and do not intend to defame, derate or 
degrade the sale or vice-versa for the book.)

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