Radha by Leena Saldanha-Book review


Author Leena Saldanha
About the Author  LEENA Saldanha is a writer, reader, cook, cat lover and food freak, besides being an inveterate procrastinator. Although technically she holds a graduate degree in philosophy and a post graduate degree one in English literature. She has worked with NGOs in tribal hinterlands of Maharashtra, urban poor in slums of Pune. She has also worked in one of the Pune’s biggest Ad agencies as creative director and chief strategy officer.
ISBN 978-93-52017-51-5
Price [INR] Rs. 225
Pages 220
Main Plot given No one has ever recorded the voices of Radha- one of the most powerful characters in all of the chronicled history. As one half of the indivisible entity’ Radha Krishna’ she resonates through millions of lives every day. And yet, her songs remained unsung; her stories untold. Until now.

This book, entitled an eponymous ‘Radha’; is a collection of 101 poems written in the voice of Radha.

This book is Radha speaking to her beloved Krishna in poetry, across the ages, in an endless conversation that ebbs and flows and heavens and rests like the rhythm of a vast ocean. Sometimes she is young girl, sometimes she is an old women, sometimes she is petulant in love for Krishna, sometimes she is unflinching in her courage in letting go of her beloved Krishna. This book is an imaged conversation between 2 of the most evocative characters of all the times. Her Krishna is as present in the most as Radha is, although he never spoke a word. This is not a love story. This is the love story.

No. of Characters Radha and Krishna.
Tone of writing is It is simple. Modern style of writing poems.
My take on the book When I first saw the book, I thought it was regular yearning for love by Radha, just like Mirabai Poems. But the book took me by surprise, as it was not the regular Radha-Krishna type of poems. For example the author tries to find Krishna in everyday day to day life in the modern world, like girls lunch out, ordering ice-creams, in rain, in maids.

Some poems are long, some are really small. There were also small verses saying, “there is perfect love story, its RadhaKrishna”.

In the end, it a collection of poems, the authors dairy, where she remembers Krishna in everyday happenings in her life. I could feel the love of the Author towards Krishna from the page one till the end.

Do I recommend the book? It’s not everybody’s cup of tea. Unless you too love Krishna as much as the Author, you might not be able to relate to her feelings as Radha and appreciate it. But for the people who love it, you can re-read it and relate to it.
On the other hand  

my rating: 2.5/5.

Finally I would like to Thank the Nimi Vashi (PhD),Blogger and Founder:The Readers Cosmos  for sending me the copy. It will be kept safe along with my other treasured books.

 

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