Once I read a poem ‘The Seven Ages of Man’, it had summed up all the major rituals and rites of passages of one human life. On similar lines, I read ‘Moments of Life’ by Benisha Nadar–a contemporary poetry collection. It covers a gamut of themes related to life that possibly a human being undergoes in one birth cycle. Benisha is a very young writer but her wisdom about life and its allied stages that she painted in the book are at par and she must have observed people around her with keen profundity.
This is one poetry collection I ever came across which chronicles the life events. The book kicks off with birth, as when a baby is born, it gives immense unspeakable happiness to parents. However, that happiness can only be gauged by parents, not the infant. As the book moves, there is good coverage about baby days and carefree childhood. Message is clear that one must love parents and should not abandon them in futility. Initial poems are great for parents to relive those days when kids were everything for them. And if teenage or adult read that part, they can truly understand the sacrifice one puts to keep children free from all troubles.
The part about school and college is brilliantly captured and evokes memories of old days. First day at school, school memories, summer vacation are some of the common yet relatable themes in the book. Any poetry book with reminisces of school and college is a great add on readers. The book is like telling a tale of life via poems. It’s great to note that the author has maintained a balance between pleasant memories and events that evoke tragic moments. Talking about parents, career, marriage, jobs and so on takes a realistic stance about life. The book brings a full circle to anyone who has led a complete life and seen various shades.
This is one of the rarest poetry books that is written in simple and lucid prose-like narration. One feels good if manages to capture all the essence of poems. The poems are simple and straight, and hold great meaning for millions of people across the world. For example, the below excerpt from the book summarizes the author’s love for mothers:
To make you sleep,
She underwent sleepless nights;
Her sacrifices can’t be paid off,
So love her being her sunlight!
Benisha has fairly done a good job. She has a crystal clear voice and it seems that she effortlessly pended down her galloping thoughts in this book. An amazing book, I think its poems should be periodically shared on social platforms for immediate fame.