Book Review of Smiling In My Sleep Written by  Ramachandran Rajasekharan

Book Review of Smiling In My Sleep Written by Ramachandran Rajasekharan

Contributing to the literary genre called poetry, this amazing title “Smiling In My Sleep”authored by poet Ramachandran Rajasekharan is undoubtedly a reflection of the author’s self as happy or sad or engulfed with thoughts of the past endeavors and failures at times. Moreover, being one of the mass called humans, his work is a successful attempt in portraying the ups and downs and sunny and the cloudy days that every human comes across in life.

Through the ‘48 Thought Provoking Poems’ featured in this book, author-poet Ramachandran Rajasekharan has truly presented the readers and the poetry lovers with a thoughtful new age poetry. With his brilliant work in this poetry collection, Ramachandran has proved that the notion of poetry occurs when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality!

Author-Poet Ramachandran Rajasekharan is a senior finance professional with more than four decades of experience in Audit and allied fields. He discovered his muse only in his early sixties. Nevertheless, this was no surprise as both his parents were poets in their own right who had instilled in him a love of reading and poetry from a very young age. Books of every genre have been his companions since his boyhood. He is happily married to Kalyani S Menon and blessed with twin sons, Govind and Gopal. At present, the king of his universe is Madhav, his grandson.

Before exploring further, let me mention that in this poetry collection title, “Smiling In My Sleep” the author has not followed any particular theme for his poems. The themes in his writing covers a vast number of topics and the poems in this book are divided under 2 parts, namely Memories and Life. Well, just like the poet’s earlier book, ‘Dewdrop and Banyan Tree’ this book too presents the realities of our world. The sensitivity of the poet’s thoughts and emotions as they fly back and forth as birds breaking frontiers and bring to life experiences plucking at the heartstrings and making music of them resonates with the reader with ease. These poems are an intellectual delight, revealing the reality around us as images that convey stories of love, warmth, compassion, and empathy, crafted with a keen sense of observation in powerful and absorbing lines that would leave lasting imprints in readers’ minds!

Coming to the choice of the book title by the author for his work, let me mention that the author has been wise enough to go for a real ‘Catchy Title’ for his poetry collection book. The title, “Smiling In My Sleep” for this poetry collection book is certainly an appropriate one, with reference to the collection of poems added to this book by the Author. A title, so unique and thought provoking simply compels you as a poetry lover to pick up this book for a read. In this case, the title is also giving a very interesting vibe, which will urge to go inside the poems and try to understand the Author’s expression of words. In addition, I must mention that the title of this book is much justified with regards to the poems in this book. Undoubtedly, it is a very apt for this poetry collection book.

Now, if we look at the book cover then we shall see “a very beautiful night sky, which is dark and yet bright with the presence of the shining stars along with a sleepy looking moon in the night sky” is creating a very “Spectacular Impression!” In addition, the book cover is also reflecting a very interesting as well as thought provoking vibe just like the book’s title. The readers can interpret the book cover design in a thousand different ways as per their sense of interpretation. Well, there is no denial that the book cover is indeed alluring. Moreover, through this particular book cover the readers can also get the sense of the ‘Artistic Approach’ that the author has applied over here!

Well, the way authorhad expressed himself with his well-versed poems in this poetry collection book, “Smiling In My Sleep” is something really incredible and is undoubtedly an enough reason for you to shift your focus towards his poems and give this book a chance. It is the poet, who plays the pivotal role in touching the inner cords of our emotions and making us believe and think the way their words intend to and Author-Poet, Ramachandran Rajasekharan had done this job in an exceptionally top-notch manner. Moreover, the Author had beautifully expressed his feelings through his deep words and had given a Strong-Start to the poems; also, you can see that most of these poems had retained their flow until the very end, which gives you an immense amount of satisfaction as a poetry lover.

Finally, coming to the overall conclusion or the verdict for this book, let me right away say that a title like “Smiling In My Sleep” is for sure a MUST READ oneand deserves a chance. The way author had penned down his emotions and feelings through his writings will make you go deep into the poems and find out the hidden meanings of the words, used in these poems. Author Ramachandran Rajasekharan is a promising poet, who is very honest with his emotions, which makes his writings honest and reading worthy as well.

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