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The Camphor Of Night by Samir Satam

Blurb (as on Amazon)

This day, today, when looked at from the window of future; wouldn’t it seem Golden? But today It feels like just another day. Why does all this preciousness have to pass to be seen? Why can’t it get its due while it lives? Unfortunately that’s the way it has always been. The future seems to hold a certain value for the past. But the present seems to be like an unfinished Coin. It’s still incomplete to derive any worth. The poems in this collection ‘the camphor of night’ Are little things stolen from life which found their way to a treasury box in which they lay locked for years until these little things developed a life of their own and hence they need to be set free, because now is their time to breathe.

Genre: Fiction/ Poetry

Pages: 122

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback


  • Kindle eBook: 49 INR/$1.21
  • Paperback (available only in India) : 200 INR

My Ratings: 4.7/5

Divided into 10 sections (Blues, The Language of Love, Drifting Souls, Waiting Room, Individualism, Harsh Realities, Cityscape, Unaccustomed, Music, and Nomads) the 155 poems in this book touch a raw nerve. Each poem is a story in itself and tugs the string of heart.

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about this book:

-> All the Poems are very finely decorated & they are well segmented with individual themes like love, women, harsh realities, the way our society functions, and so on.
-> Each and every poem is meaningful, making us ponder with their deep lines
-> The poetry is strong yet they are not very long. None of the poems go on beyond a page or two and some are just couplets, and somehow the words still leave a lasting impact.
-> The poems are easy flowing and thought-provoking. You can finish the whole book in less than an hour but after every poem, you will pause and reflect and that’s the beauty of it.
-> The poems are on topics that most people will relate to. The poet did not generalize the poems a lot for everybody to connect with and some of the poems had individual experiences as well.
-> I really admired and enjoyed the poems in the section ‘Harsh Realities’ and ‘Cityscape’. The section dedicated to pieces based on politics & current affairs has poems that are direct as well as indirect and even though that section was short-lived I really appreciated it since I know it takes courage to voice your opinions on the same. Cityscape has poems that were filled with depth forcing us to take note of and ponder upon the realities of city life.

Quotable quotes:

-> In my wallet full of dreams,
Currencies are homeless refugees,
I agree, your reality is real,
So are the blues of my dreams…
-> Death, I wouldn’t mind
If love is promised
On the other side
-> Because,
Home is never about roof and walls!
-> If we keep looking away from dead bodies
With dreamy eyes towards clean,
sparkling roads,
Then we too have blood on our hands…
-> Little electric bulbs that look like candles,
Lack the bittersweet taste of a short life…
-> I smile to make it easier to hate me
-> Think of those rivers of tears,
In which we enter to bathe,
To walk out a little grown up
And a little bit dead
->Each experience that gives us a bit,
Takes a little of us with it
-> When you can finally be what you truly are…
Then you know,
You have arrived…
->As long as it’s the…
… a fresh start is but an illusion…
-> I won’t ask any questions,
I am afraid, you may lie,
I am afraid, you won’t

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