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Chasing Sunsets by Vaibhav Dange

Book blurb:

Love is supposed to set you free from the cage of dualities. If not, then it isn’t love. “Chasing Sunsets” is a collection of poems that depicts the fact that love cannot reside in duality, no matter what. Good-bad, right-wrong, yours-mine, pleasure-pain are just projections of our mind that creates an endless loop of cause-effect relationship. It gives us a sense of fullness within ourselves. But as we move on in circles years after years, we realize that love resides in emptiness. The journey of our life is something like chasing sunsets. At the end of our journey, things would get clear, clear as silhouettes across the sunset. Everything which as a form will become dark and there will be light in the formless. 

Genre: Fiction/Poetry

Pages: 101

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 50 INR/$5.00
  • Paperback (available only in India) : 180 INR

My Ratings: 4/5

Divided into four sections: Cyclic emotions, Denial, Breaking Point, and Acceptance, the poems in this book are written in free verse. They cover a range of emotions and deeply emotional, reflecting sensitivity.

What I liked about the book:
-> The way metaphors have been used in many places giving the poems a deeper meaning.
-> The poems are written in a manner that can be relatable to all readers and the best part is that they can be interpreted by everyone in their own way.
-> At many points, I had to stop and exclaim, “Oh wow!” or just reread the lines in admiration of how deep and true they were.
-> Some titles I’ll always remember or will most certainly go back to are Unborn Memories, Fear of Fear, Scars, Face to Face, The Unfinished Verses and Agony of the Ocean.

What I did not like about the book:
-> The determiners and contractions have been mixed up at many points (for instance ‘where two world’ instead of ‘where two worlds’, ‘don’t always come so easy’ instead of ‘doesn’t always come easy’ and so on)

Quotable quotes:
> Poetry is evidence
that for ages
people have survived
through pain.

->When you decide to come close
to my abandoned heart

do not love too much, too soon
pretend to be sane, protect yourself
from the excess of love
oozing from those wounds.
>You can never know
certain things about people
by just looking at them.
About the wars, they have fought

-> Do not fear the storm,
fear when it settles down.

-> I have a habit
of keeping my rooms empty
for the things

that shall never
come into my life.

> Waiting is sweet, sweet as the honey
Just look at the sunflowers
during the night waiting for the dawn,

look at the sea waiting patiently for the moon.
-> Have you ever asked

a free bird
to visit the cage
where it was raised?

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