BR #31 | Waves of Fortune: Emotions | Dr. Sujata Chatterjee | Notion Press | ★★★★

Book - Waves of Fortune: Emotions
Author - Dr. Sujata Chatterjee
Publisher - Notion Press
Rating - ★★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Dr. Sujata Chatterjee is a practicing Anesthesiologist in Kolkata. She did her post-graduation in Anesthesia in Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. She also passed Journalism in Delhi School of Journalism. She was a regular contributor in the column, The Patient I can Never Forget, in the women’s fortnightly magazine, Woman’s Era.

She has also authored two other books: Flights of Fantasy, a collection of short stories whose second edition is due, and Looking Through the Prism: Spectrum. Chatterjee has also co-authored numerous other anthologies like Speak Your Mind, Broken Bits of the Moon and Jumboree Jubilation.

She is the winner of the Shonghoti Sammanana Award by Hello Kolkata Media House, 100 Inspiring Authors of India by the Indian Awaz Team and 50 Influential Authors of India by The Spirit Mania. Chatterjee is also The National Book Honor Awards Winner. She has also been awarded the Swami Vivekananda Excellence Award for Literature by the Seva Youth Guild and the honorable Governor of West Bengal.

Her book, Looking Through the Prism: Spectrum, has been displayed in bookstalls in the World Delhi Book Fair (2018 and 2019), the Chennai Book Fair (2018) and the Kolkata International Book Fair (2018 and 2019). Looking Through the Prism: Spectrum and Flights of Fantasy have also been displayed on the shelves of the Agra Book Fair and Allahabad Book Fair.

Book Review: "Waves of Fortune: Emotions" by Dr. Sujata Chatterjee is a collection of 28 poems reflecting the emotions which play time and again in the poet's soul culminating in an array of wide beliefs. She has felt the flow of the universe and the call of nature in her pen, writing on topics which manifest the same. The poetry in this collection is appreciable for its meaning, rhyme, and rhythm. It is a piece of work quite mature in its endeavor as is expected from a poet of her stature after writing and co-authoring many previous books.

The poetry book begins with a warm inviting Acknowledgement and Preface which ensures the reader gets comfortable before embarking on a journey of emotions. 'Let Go' and 'Little Things Matter' are brilliant pieces for an opening as the waves turn towards a more subtle direction towards a journey which the poet experienced in her formative years. There are many poems. Poems on love, responsibility, gratefulness, thankfulness - overall, the sense of being alive and feeling your presence in this world. 'I am a Doctor' brings out the poetess present in the mainstream life of the poet while 'Photographically Yours' forces one to sneak peek as a flashback into the past of the poet. It is a wonderfully crafted book which helps readers appreciate a lot of unknown specimens in free thinking. We see time and again an invitation in all the poems to appreciate what was, what is and what will be - emotions rising and falling like waves in the sea!

This poetry collection will appeal to poetry lovers and new readers alike since the flow and syllable is lucid enough to delve deeper into understanding. It helps us to see the bright side of life almost rejuvenating our soul. A short light read which can be taken anywhere while alone or traveling, the poems are indeed sparkling with anticipation of good fortune.

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