And it’s a Wednesday again! Is it just me or are the weeks now flying in? Possibly just me and the fact this will now be my third Wednesday in work in a row and you have no idea how excited that makes me! But today I wanted to share my review of Reflections of My Youth – a poetry collection by Mahesh Mali, emailed in PDF form to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
Mahesh reached out to me back in the middle of August and asked if I would like to review his poetry collection entitled “Reflections of My Youth”. The book is divided into three sections; Love & Romance, Heartbreak & Mayhem, and World & Me.
About Mahesh Mali
Mahesh is an Indian poet, writer, and blogger. He started blogging as an experiment, to see if his writing skills were good enough to attract the audience he was looking for. It took very little time for him to realise that he had been missing out on a great creative outlet, and soon writing became a part of his daily routine that he couldn’t imagine what it would be like to go a day without writing. Whilst Mahesh loves blogging, his true passion is poetry, and he believes that poetry is the most effective way to express emotions.
Related: Read my review of Melancholy Mind
About Reflections of My Youth
Reflections of My Youth us a collection of poetry about love, romance, heartbreak, pain, and the world. Split into three part, Reflections of My Youth takes the readers on a journey to the different moments each of us experience during our lifetime, and revisits the various thoughts and emotions that one has in their youth.
My Thoughts on Reflections of My Youth
First up, I will admit that I read Reflections of My Youth a few times. Just to make sure I had absorbed everything I possibly could from each piece of art. And I say art, because that is the only way to describe Mahesh’s poetry. Taking my time to read each one two or three times, I found myself tracing my fingers over the pages of my kindle as I read. The words from the poem in the prologue stayed with me:
But with some Rhyme,
Forming a battalion of lines
And breaking too.
Leave their mark.
With some poems lasting multiple pages, and others a few short lines, the spontaneous overflow of emotions relating to each different section can be read and felt by anyone, even without having experienced the feelings themselves before. I read verses, thinking “that would be lovely as part of a renewal of wedding vows service”, and others that reflected the hurt and pain that you feel at the loss of a loved one. One thought came to me after my second read, and that is that this reads almost like a love story between the poet and his love across the full anthology. The beauty that is first love, and the “honeymoon period” of your relationship, followed by the heartbreak and mayhem that so often follows the breakdown of relationships.
Masked Souls on page 81 touched a chord with me, and I read it over and over again. It resonated loud and clear with exactly how I was feeling in the lead up to lockdown about my life and the way I was living. If you remember from My Quarter Life Crisis , I made a vow to start living my life, and that is what Masked Souls is all about to me. Similarly, Cotton Dandelions seemed very poignant but for an entirely different reason. In the five lines that Cotton Dandelions took, I pictured the immigrants attempting the life-risking journeys across the channel. I saw the Black Lives Matter protests, and the Me Too campaign. I saw the faces of every parent and sibling and carer who does everything they can to ensure those coming after them have the best life possible. And I cried by the time I finished it.
To conclude, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Reflections of My Youth, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys poetry, or finds they don’t have time to sit and read a whole chapter of a book. If you would like to get your hands on a copy of Reflections of My Youth, you can do so here. [AFF] And don’t forget to Pin this post to remember it the next time you’re adding books to your TBR piles!