Friday 17 June 2022

BOOK REVIEW: A Lover's Will by Mahiraj Jadeja

A Lover's Will
Author: Mahiraj Jadeja
Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: 26th May 2016

Book Description:
Poet Mahiraj Jadeja has a new collection of 50 poems entitled A Lover's Will. The work covers all aspects of love, from the first questioning 'What is Love' through poems praising women and lovers to unrequited love. The interaction of lovers who are past the first flush of love, are comfortable in each others company and have an instinctive almost telepathic understanding of each other is explored in 'As Expected'. In the poem 'Suicide', the tragedy of a love across a religious divide is sensitively explored. 'Roles of a Lady' shows the three types of love in a woman's life and 'A Mother's Wish' speaks of the one love a dying woman is yearning for.

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An anthology of narrative poetry about the varying concepts of love.


As a lover of poetry, and since it's been a while since I read some poetry, I was looking forward to delving into this anthology. In all honesty, I didn't enjoy the anthology as much I thought I would, however, there were a few poems that stuck for me as they generated a reaction that was satisfying and that put a smile on my face. I especially liked the following: My Reflection, Freedom of Love, Angel of Death Cum Love, Soul Sister and Hope.

I didn't like that the tone and general ambience was monotone throughout. I wanted a flux of emotions, but I didn't get that. Given that love has many forms of expressions, I was hoping for varying emotions, but the tone was unchanging.

While the anthology didn't excite me as much as I had hoped, it was still a nice collection. I would have liked to have connected with it more on an emotional level, but I appreciated the exploration into the varying decrees of love, albeit the monotone vibe.


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