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Book Review: Flowers in the Sunshine by Sarbajit Roy

‘Flowers in the Sunshine’ by Sarbajit Roy is a beautifully written collection of poems. As one can get the hunch from the title, the collection is inclined towards nature and its allied beauty. The book offers 54 poems, mostly about sublime beauty of nature and other themes. The collection starts with the titular poem, ‘Flowers in the Sunshine’. This poem tells us the significance of sunshine among flowers and around. In fact, it is the sunshine that actuates the ambience of flowers and birds and collectively all rejoice their life in a most carefree manner. The poet explores that nature fosters the spirit of life, be it flowers, birds, bees or human beings.

The next poem ‘The Lonely Tree’ is a superbly penned down. It takes into account the tree as a mute spectator of the events that happened around it. The poet portrays the surrounding nature of the tree, it must have been a mesmerizing experience for the tree to witness the cycle of change in all those years.

As you read the book, you may find that it is subtly divided into a few themes i.e. the world of flowers, nature, past deeds, history of Greek and Egypt, and the grim reality of life. Since the title is about flowers, let us delve deep into some of the poems. The poem ‘O Flower’ laid out the value of flowers in the world. The poem ‘The Flower’ elucidates as what happens when a flower blooms. The poem ‘Flowers of Sorrow’ has a piece of history to talk about, it is about one princess from Kerala.

A close look reveals that the poet tried to shed light on various themes and subjects. However, the prominent one is the nature and its influence on all. Poems like ‘The Old Barber’ and ‘Conquerors of a Fractured World’ are thought-provoking and studies the life of underprivileged people such as a lonely barber bereaved of love from the family members, street dogs and urchins tussling for food. These types of poems are heart wrenching and force us for cogitation as what we have contributed to the society to make it a better place.

It is a not a one-themed collection. In snatches there are poems that are abstract but highly readable. All the poems are written in lucid manner, it is the good heart of the poet that he wants the poems to reach every reader with an ease.

Each poem has an expression or story to tell. The poems are easy and free-to-read but also provide food for thoughts. It is a wonderful collection that can make us learn the significance of nature in our life and much more.

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