Nestled within the colourful pages of Mosaic Vision, lies an anthology of poems written by Poet, Editor, Writer and Blogger Vaijayantee Bhattacharya. Her maiden book, Mosaic Vision was launched at the Oxford Bookstore Kolkata on the 23rd July, 2017.
Having spent a significant time of her life in Kolkata and Delhi, she now resides in Bahrain with her husband and son. Her poems are inspired thus of not only philosophical thoughts but also of the culture and traditions of three very different destinations. One would also find reflections of the different shades of human moods through the poems. This only goes on to highlight the versatility of the subjects the poet is capable of penning down.
Talking for myself, all thirty -seven poems were a pleasure to read. Each of them are interspersed with beautiful photographs which not only aids the presentation of the book but also breaks the monotony of mere words. However three poems stood out very distinctly for me as I could relate to them a lot.
The Mahalaya Morning. . . .
Though preparations for the Durga Puja begins months in advance, Mahalaya signifies that the festival is knocking on your doorstep. The sound of Dhakis, the pandals on the verge of completion, the last-minute bargains for new clothes and the smell of incense and shiuli flowers fill the air. Having been deprived of this scene for the past two years, The Mahalaya Morning touched a personal chord in my heart.
Yah Devi Sarvabhuteshu
Filled the morning air
If You Saw Me in Heaven. . . .
Very beautifully worded, ‘If You Saw Me in Heaven’ poses many questions that might be in the minds of every individual with regard to their time in Heaven. Would Heaven be as calm a place like the way the term is often used; would it be a place where old strife’s be forgotten and one can start anew? Though these questions remain unanswerable at present; the boldness of penning down what reflects the thoughts of many is indeed commendable.
If You saw me in heaven
Amidst nameless souls in a crowd
Would you shy away or look at me
Would you look diffident or proud?
Lost . . . .
‘Outwardly I was everything a well brought up girl should be , Inside I was screaming’ – these lines from the Titanic struck me when I read out the poem ‘Lost’ . Everyday we camouflage our deepest sorrows , our darkest fears and our anxieties with the help of a smile. But behind this mask lies a broken and hurt soul- broken but brave still to hold on to the miseries of the world without a flicker on the face.
You may never know
But she is lost
In an invisible maze of life
With impenetrable walls around her-
You cannot see but she is trapped-
She knows not how to break through them
And cries invisible tears
Disguised as smiles on her face.
Robert Frost had said, ” Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” This holds true when you read the poems by Vaijayantee. Each poem stems from a very basic thought. The simplicity used to express some of the most complex thoughts and situations is bound to leave you mesmerised. If you are a lover of literature, a person with poetic instincts, or an artistic soul ; then Mosaic Vision is bound to leave a profound impact on you.
Mosaic Vision is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition. It would soon be available in all leading bookstores near you.