TBF : The Book Files : Gradients by Swati Chandak from Half Baked Beans Publications 

Hello there!

What do you do when you have so much complexity running through your veins and the words that flow wound and heal you at the same time? How do you respond when you don’t see the world in black and white but in the varying gradients of grey? Well, the answer is simple. You write. And you write like there is no tomorrow. This is the story of a woman’s heart, pooling her emotions lyrically for the world to see. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Swati Chandak.

Divided into 4 different sections: 

  1. Inhale : Marking the beginning of a woman’s journey, when she embarks on the perilous journey of emotions. This section gives us the insight to the ‘first times’ of everything and how she battles through them.
  2. All In Between : This is the second phase of a woman’s life, when she has passed the intial stages of her emotional journey and has to go through various ups and downs but with a strength that she learns and braves.
  3. Exhale : The destination of her emotional walk marking the time when she finally learns to let go and understand that in the end, it’s of no use, running after things and emotions not worth her time and eventually finds peace within herself.
  4. Poetic Saga : The conclusion of her various troughs and what she learns and earns from it. 

I loved the fact that the poetess had a theme to her poems, highlighting the underlying fears and emotions from a woman’s perspective. The shuffle and shift of the feelings aptly describe the name of the book ‘Gradients’ and make you realise time and again that it follows a heart as it trudges through a lifetime of hurt, betrayal, love, realisation and peace. Every poem holds the card to the next poem with the mention of the next one’s title in the previous one, mentally preparing the reader for the next gradient of emotions. Amalgamated in the end, in the form of all the emotions (In this case the titles) this one epic poem runs through a myriad expressions of a woman’s soul in a couple of pages and some powerful words. 

Poetry usually isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and the high standard of beautiful words and vocabulary used in the book may seem daunting to new poetry enthusiasts but in no way, shape or form does that distract or take away the essence of the theme. All in all, a solid 4 stars! A fantastic book and even more the poetess who in my opinion has put her heart and soul into it and it is what adds to the whole concept of the book! Kudos! 

Until next time! 

Cheers ! 


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