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#BookReview: A Garage Sale of Lovelorn Things

About the Book:

If you could spill your entire house out in the backyard, how many trinkets of memories would you really take back inside?

Through poems, I’ve decided to let go of feelings that burden me, and objects associated with them.

Through poems, I hope to clutter and heal, and to make space for better things to come.

About the Poet:

Shrutee Choudhary is an actor and a writer, based in Mumbai. She began writing as a child, in attempts to mimic the worlds she so often escaped into through various books. The poet in her, however, quite naturally leapt out as a teenager, and she has found an outlet through words ever since. She loves to tell stories, whether it is through her performance, travel or writing. She has a mass following on Instagram. Follow her work on @shruteechoudhary.

The Review:

The first thing that struck us about this book was the title. Sure enough in the foreword, Shrutee Choudhary explains how the title came to her in the form of a poem and feeling that never quite left her. As we flipped through the pages and read the 100 poems that chronicles love, union, heartbreak, separation, longing, and finally healing and moving on, we felt as though we’ve lived through the poems ourselves. 

Heartbreak is a universal feeling. Everyone knows the glow of first love and thinking it would never end. Everyone has experienced meeting the right person at the wrong time. And at some point, we’ve all had to pick up the pieces and move on with our lives.

How beautifully the journey is articulated by Shrutee in her garage sale of lovelorn things. She mentions that the timeline of the story she’s narrating isn’t linear and so there are pages filled with anguish, followed by pages that tell stories of a happier time gone by, never to return. 

Prachi Mehta’s illustrations bring the poems to life as well. They convey the message that the poet and the artist no doubt put their heads together to serve the delicacy to the readers. 

Personally, I’ve only ever read poetry critically thanks to the literature classes I had to take in college. I’ve been introduced to it again through the amazing poets, and this was my fourth read when it comes to poetry books. I never expected to feel so happy and content, as I flipped to the last page of the book. Some poems really did hurt a little for the truth they spoke hits a little too close to home. 

I can’t single out a single poem that I liked but I know I’ll remember reading this book for days to come. I loved the experience of reading these at night, sipping on my tea, and watching Shrutee narrate the story of a love that seemed to be doomed from the start. 

We look forward to her next work and wish her all the best. We can’t wait to see what she writes as her next book!

Aniesha Brahm_Plate

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