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Review: SOUL ON FURLOUGH: A compilation of poems by Vartika Agarwal

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Finding ourselves locked up, looking on helplessly with millions across the world dying from a pandemic, never seen before in recent history, one did discover an undiscovered trove of treasure! Yes, we are indeed talking about Vartika Agarwal’s straight from the heart compilation of poems, SOUL ON FURLOUGH.

Briefing our patrons about the author, well she is not a professional poetess, in fact this is her debut , a first attempt at publishing.

The woman of substance hails from Ahmedabad, and finds her professional calling in executive search which she has been pursuing for a quarter of a century.

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A dedicated mom, a lovely wife, a superb home maker and a warm person, writing for Vartika began as a daily dairy habit she cultivated during childhood.

Her poems have indeed something for everyone. As per the author, ‘The highs of love and the lows of despair, the warm grace of nature and the gifts of hope (so very important in the present scenario), there is something in this anthology for everyone.’

Aptly and rightly titled, SOUL ON FURLOUGH, the hard copy is divided into four parts- 1) THE SOUL SOOTHERS- The SEA, THE MAGICAL SANDS, SPRING, THE WINDS, THE COULDS etc- a collection of poems about the natural gifts of nature- 2) THE SOUL SHREDDERS- I SOLD GOD, RUN, ABUNDANCE, THE UNGRATEFUL HOUSE etc.

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Poems that are a true unbridled reflection of our thoughts and emotions that tug the heart and soul. 3) SOUL ELEVATORS- SOUL ON FURLOUGH, A LETTER FROM HEAVEN, JUST A BAD DAY, THE AGEING WINE etc. Poems that elevate moods yet are thought provoking. 4)SOUL CONNECTIONS- FOREVER, SON.., MOM…, MISS YOU, STRANGERS, MEMORABILIA etc. Poems that touch the heart and have a soul connect!

Well, wading through SOUL ON FURLOUGH, one is indeed struck by Vartika’s ability to convert thoughts into words and the poetess too feels that ‘they have been dictated to her by an unknown force’.

We do tend to agree after going through the book which we recommend our patrons to check it out for themselves as it is easily available at Amazon.

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As for us, its priceless. A book that deserves to be savoured like a delicacy for the sheer joy that it bestows on its readers.

Kudos to you Vartika, you deserve all the accolades that you are getting.

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