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  1. 5 out of 5

    Apoorva

    Malhaar, a book of poems, is split into six parts: In Verse, Let Yourself Love and Be Loved, Lessons Learnt and Discerned, On Voyages, You and Others, and Flesh, Blood and Sweat. I love that most of the works are small yet packed with emotions. The point that mere four-line poetry can affect you emotionally suggests that the bard has performed an excellent job. Like the Hindustani Classical Raga, these verses are really melodic. The title of every poem is at the end rather than at the start. Plus Malhaar, a book of poems, is split into six parts: In Verse, Let Yourself Love and Be Loved, Lessons Learnt and Discerned, On Voyages, You and Others, and Flesh, Blood and Sweat. I love that most of the works are small yet packed with emotions. The point that mere four-line poetry can affect you emotionally suggests that the bard has performed an excellent job. Like the Hindustani Classical Raga, these verses are really melodic. The title of every poem is at the end rather than at the start. Plus, the tiny sketches following some of the lyrics provide an admirable impression. There is Goodness In This World, The Right Love, Try To Let Go of Bad Experiences, Space, Thankful To Those Who Have Beem There are some of my preferred ones. I was reading this book while it was pouring in my area, so the overall aesthetics were super snug for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mridula Gupta

    |3.5/5.0| Poetry is a personal experience and the more we can connect with it, the better it is for the soul. Which contemporary poetry can be tricky (when compared to conventional rhyming), it is also easy to grasp and feel the words. Malhaar by Ambica Uppal encompasses various emotions such as love, loss, grief, hope, parenthood, faith, self-love etc. The use of simple words to tie the feeling together is quite impressive. There are short poems as well as long ones, the verses segregated under d |3.5/5.0| Poetry is a personal experience and the more we can connect with it, the better it is for the soul. Which contemporary poetry can be tricky (when compared to conventional rhyming), it is also easy to grasp and feel the words. Malhaar by Ambica Uppal encompasses various emotions such as love, loss, grief, hope, parenthood, faith, self-love etc. The use of simple words to tie the feeling together is quite impressive. There are short poems as well as long ones, the verses segregated under different headings. Sometimes in a world That blinds you With their fake gold shimmer It can be beautiful to be Made of earth Most of the verses managed to touch a cord in my heart. Miss Uppal has not tried to sound complicated and this looks like a collection she penned down over different instances in her life, as and when the thoughts formed in her head. However, a few verses sounded incomplete to me, or rather unjustified. I couldn't relate to these lines as there were no supporting lines to it. Miss Uppal also seems to like the concept of wind, because I found a lot of references to the wind (not in a bad way, trust me). Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I hope to read more of her works in near future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Yunia Damayanti

    I've got the ARC on April 5th... And I do really like this book. Thank you Ambica Uppal Let yourself Tread a path filled with hope! And you will never be alone… I've got the ARC on April 5th... And I do really like this book. Thank you Ambica Uppal Let yourself Tread a path filled with hope! And you will never be alone…

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Review also on my blog: https://emmajanemason.wordpress.com/ Malhaar, When It Pours, Soak Yourself In Poetry By Ambica Uppal (Review) As the sun slowly starts to peek back out from behind the clouds and dazzle us once again with its warm vibrant rays. I can once again take refuge in one of my favourite reading spots. The garden. And there’s nothing I love more than to enjoy a bit of poetry on a warm sunny day, accompanied by a lemon ice tea. Bliss. That is until two small mischievous boys come sta Review also on my blog: https://emmajanemason.wordpress.com/ Malhaar, When It Pours, Soak Yourself In Poetry By Ambica Uppal (Review) As the sun slowly starts to peek back out from behind the clouds and dazzle us once again with its warm vibrant rays. I can once again take refuge in one of my favourite reading spots. The garden. And there’s nothing I love more than to enjoy a bit of poetry on a warm sunny day, accompanied by a lemon ice tea. Bliss. That is until two small mischievous boys come stampeding into the garden pretending to be dinosaurs and demand that I help build them a dinotopia out of mud and leaves. Oh parenthood you. Today on the blog I am reviewing the recently released Malharr By Ambica Uppal. A book of poems, spoken word poetry and prose, I was happy to devour. A big thank you to Uppal for sending me a copy of Malhaar to review. I love poetry with a passion and was delighted to take a refreshing dip in the sea, bombarded with emotions and chaos. The word Malhaar means an old raga in Indian classical music. It is associated with the atmosphere of torrential rains. Sounds heavenly. Keeping this in mind dear reader, through my whole reading of Malhaar I had a faint sound of a rainstick echoing in my head. Gentle and enchanting. I personally believe that Uppal has successfully captured her downpour of emotions in this book and it is fully deserving of the title Malhaar. It was exhilarating and eye-opening to read, to feel connected to someone else’s emotions through the power of words. A tranquil breeze and a storm on the horizon with the possibility of thunder and lighting on each page. It made me hold my breath with anticipation. The book is spilt into six sections which takes the reader on different paths, themes and experiences. I found this worked well as I was not drowned in the downpour of emotions but rather had time to build myself a raft safely and sail as swiftly as possible against the unpredictable tide. The striking imagery Uppal uses is one that I admire and can relate to in my own personal writing. It’s strong and powerful giving the reader a vision of creativity to gaze upon in awe. The words build upon the image you create in your head and just keep adding to it, the depth, the shadows till you’re left with a sketch within your mind of something you and the writer have crafted together. The reader’s interpretation of the author’s words is something that has always fascinated me in literature. We will all imagine different versions, all unique and no two are the same. Malhaar does this perfectly. Slow dance of the clouds To the happy tune To any pain and sorrow They are so immune. They may burst in sometime They know Or Glide higher With the wind’s blow. But, they dance together So soft and agile; Gentle, fluffy and so Full of style! Bliss There are a ton of themes pouring throughout Malhaar. Relatable themes such as love, letting go, depression, hope, feeling sacred, being yourself, are just to name a few. Yet one theme that stood out the most for me was Uppal’s message to the reader telling them that they are strong and have control over their life. They can choose their own paints to fill that blank canvas. You’ve just got to have the courage to do it. We have the control over our own lives. Perhaps The beauty of life is that Even if the painting is pre-decided, We can choose the Strokes and the colours. Darker shades or
Lighter hues Harder strokes or
Softer dabs. You Have Some Control In ways I saw this book as a poetic self-help guide to life. Malhaar deals with a lot of life experiences it also supports the reader. It tells them that they are better than revenge, to be kind, grateful and always hold onto their passion. Books are more powerful than people believe as sometimes they tell you the words you really need to hear when no one else will. Malhaar is a great example of this. I truly adore reading Live In The Moment as I could honestly relate to the words upon the page. Our pasts are always there, blocking our rear view, we should not only just look to the future, but also to the now. The present, today and live in the moment. It made me realise how often I tend to dwell on my past or worry about my future. Barely living in the moment and what’s right in front of me. It’s silly to fret about things we cannot change and to not enjoy what we have right now. Before we know it, today will be tomorrow and yesterday will be last year. I thank you Uppal for opening my eyes to focus on the now. Cheers! Haze of the past, Blocks my rear view; Clouds of the future, Fogs the new. So, There’s nowhere else to look But at the NOW! Live In The Moment I also enjoyed reading, Try To Let Go Off Bad Experiences. Often we let bad experiences taint our hearts till it’s the only colour we ever see. When really we should let go and explore the swatch of colours life has to offer us. Again Uppal has hit close to home on a subject that the reader can relate to and it’s beautifully done. Skilful writing that is not only executed well but is covered with emotion that the reader can relate too. I give Malhaar By Ambica Uppal a Four out of Five paw rating. It captivated me from start to finish. One to have on your book shelf or kindle for when you need a little advice and encouragement about your journey through life. It made me see a few things more clearly and I thank you for that Uppal. I needed this more than you know right now. So, thank you. Hop hop wiggle wiggle

  5. 5 out of 5

    Subhashree Hari

    3.5 Stars I’m someone who struggles with poetry but I decided to give it a try on the request of the author . A few of the poems I really could connect with but I’m not sure how they all tie in together. It just felt like the author’s poem collection just put together under different sections . I’d definitely recommend if you love poetry .

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ananya thefoodandbooklife

    Malhaar is a hindi word that represents one of the ragas in Hindustani classical music. It is the raga associated with torrential rain. This association of the word Malhaar with rain and music is the perfect title to this collection of poems. Malhaar contains numerous poems that show the growth of the author from a naive fresh faced young girl to a mature woman who is ready to face the challenges of the world. The poems talk of love lost and love gained, the ecstasy and the misery associated wit Malhaar is a hindi word that represents one of the ragas in Hindustani classical music. It is the raga associated with torrential rain. This association of the word Malhaar with rain and music is the perfect title to this collection of poems. Malhaar contains numerous poems that show the growth of the author from a naive fresh faced young girl to a mature woman who is ready to face the challenges of the world. The poems talk of love lost and love gained, the ecstasy and the misery associated with falling in and out of love and the selfless gestures that we all undertake when in love. Many of the poems were set at the beach. Being a Cancerian myself, I love anything and everything that is associated with the sea. I really enjoyed the feeling of waves and the spray of surf that was obvious in the pages. Some of my favourite poems were- 1. Let yourself love and be loved: Isn't this what everybody wants? To love freely and to receive love in return? This poem talks about the pain that is felt by broken people who go about their day looking for love to make them whole again. Is this what the rhyme Humpty Dumpty was all about? 2. Oh love: This is where the sea references begin in earnest. I loved the comparison of the waxing and waning of attraction being compared to the fickle minded waves at the beach and the heartache being compared to the grains of sand being pulled in with the tide. 3. The right love: This is a poem that managed to hit the spot with just four lines. For introvertsp people assuming that they are rude because they don't talk is an everyday occurrence. The same holds good in the beginning of relationships where the other person does not know your quirks well enough to read you without words being spoken. For someone who prefers silence over words, this could spell disaster. 4. Rendezvous with yourself: Here the author talks of the emotional pain that a person has to deal with after a break up. The absence of external scars leads to the assumption that the person is hale and hearty. The inner turmoil they have to overcome is a journey that they have to undertake alone in order to achieve a  miraculous recovery. 5. Live in the moment: This poem talks of how we wish only the best for the person that we love. We wish to take away their pain and be the balm that heals all their wounds. It is beautifully written and reiterates the selfless sacrifices that everyone makes for their relationships. 6. To know me: Four separate poems with the title 'to know me' talk about the initial judgement that we pass based on external appearances and behaviour. It urges people to look deeper and find the real person hidden under layers of 'society acceptable behaviour' 7. You have some control: Here the author compares our lives to a painting that is pre-decided. Although most of the painting is predetermined, we still have control over aspects such as the shade and the brush strokes. It answers the age old question 'if everything has been predetermined by fate, why do we pray/work?' It says that we get to decide the direction that we want out life to move in rather than sit twiddling our thumbs and watch the world go by. 8. Take care of yourself: This is the talk of the hour. Hashtags like #selflove are making the rounds all over social media and for good reason. In this day and age where external appearances and the number of likes and follows decide the value of a person, it is very important to know who we really are and what makes us happy despite the entire world trying to dictate how we should live our lives. The book is peppered with Illustrations that speak to the reader. My favourite was the heart with band-aids that shows our resilience and our ability to trust, believe and love again after suffering major setbacks. I also liked the boat with ripples behind it representing how we should move on from situations that are beyond our control. Just as the tiny ripples from a boat do not change the mighty ocean, so too the tiny upsets that we face in our everyday lives do not have a role to play in our lives in the long run.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Svenja

    First of all: Thanks to the author of the book who kindly sent it as a PDF. I really liked the book. There were beautiful, sometimes short sometimes longer poems that weren't just trivial - they are socially critical, versatile and self-finding. A small collection of poems that can be best read during sleepless nights - as I always do with poetry books. 4.5 / 5 because the book could have been a bit longer for me. Otherwise, I think the book is great - I especially liked the small drawings. First of all: Thanks to the author of the book who kindly sent it as a PDF. I really liked the book. There were beautiful, sometimes short sometimes longer poems that weren't just trivial - they are socially critical, versatile and self-finding. A small collection of poems that can be best read during sleepless nights - as I always do with poetry books. 4.5 / 5 because the book could have been a bit longer for me. Otherwise, I think the book is great - I especially liked the small drawings.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hannah May Book Reviews

    Author: Ambica Uppal Pages: 106 I'd like to start by saying a big thank you to Ambica Uppal for giving me the opportunity to review her collection of poetry before worldwide release. I have always had a love of poetry and I started writing poems myself at a young age so I was very excited to take on this project! As this is my first time reviewing a poetry book I have decided I will break the review down into the sections that are in Ambica's book. To start with I loved the pictures that accompan Author: Ambica Uppal Pages: 106 I'd like to start by saying a big thank you to Ambica Uppal for giving me the opportunity to review her collection of poetry before worldwide release. I have always had a love of poetry and I started writing poems myself at a young age so I was very excited to take on this project! As this is my first time reviewing a poetry book I have decided I will break the review down into the sections that are in Ambica's book. To start with I loved the pictures that accompanied some of Ambica's poems, they brought the words to life and made the book feel that little bit more special. I was reluctant at the beginning to whether I would engage with the book but as I began to get lost in Ambica's world I found myself enthralled and my mind drifted away from my surroundings which was a lovely break from reality. I could really feel that Ambica had put her heart and soul into these poems and it was lovely to engage with someone I have never met in person. As I was reading the poems, I felt that some of the titles didn't match the heartfelt words that I was reading and that there could have been more fitting titles for the poems. I also found that there was certain themes repeated throughout which left me feeling slightly disengaged at times. I overall had mixed feelings on Malhaar but certain pieces of work I found really stuck with me. Section 1: In Verse I found it difficult to get into the flow of these verses, I'm unsure whether this was due to the fact I haven't read poetry for a while or whether I was just unable to connect with Ambica's work here. I did however connect with two poems, these were 'Move Forward'- which I could relate to personally and 'Stay Warm' which was short, sweet and overall lovely. Section 2: Let Yourself Be Loved There was some lovely verses in this, that really got me thinking about love in general. I also found that I could relate to a few verses in this section, especially the poem 'So Hard, But I'm Trying, Love.' Again this reached out to me on a personal level. The overall tone of this section seemed to be light hearted and at times when reading I felt happy and warm inside. Section 3: Lessons Learn't and Discerned I found the poems in this section to be very inspirational and motivating, by far my favourite section of the book. I found Ambica's work here encourages self belief and self love. Section 4: On Voyages Some of the poems in here were longer than the poems in the other sections. Personally I feel that Ambica's short and snappy poems are her strength and I found them more enjoyable than the longer pieces of poetry. I found it hard to connect with this section but the poem 'Time to Let Go' really stood out to me and touched home. Section 5: You and Others This section of poems were very similar to the poems in the Lesson's Learn't section. I found I received the same messages from Lesson's Learn't in this section. Maybe this could have all been one section to avoid the repetition of themes. Section 6: Blood and Sweat I found it hard to engage with this section- however I recognised what message Ambica was trying to give here which is how important family is.

  9. 5 out of 5

    vina

    4* First of all, I’d like to thank the author herself for sending me an e-ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review. Ambica is an Indian-Canadian writer who lives in Toronto, Canada and was born in Aizawl, an eastern city in India. Her father was in the Indian Army so she had to move from city to city often with her family. Writing and poetry have been a way for her to cope with her new surroundings and a way for her to express herself. This book, Malhaar, is an optimistic set of poems that 4* First of all, I’d like to thank the author herself for sending me an e-ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review. Ambica is an Indian-Canadian writer who lives in Toronto, Canada and was born in Aizawl, an eastern city in India. Her father was in the Indian Army so she had to move from city to city often with her family. Writing and poetry have been a way for her to cope with her new surroundings and a way for her to express herself. This book, Malhaar, is an optimistic set of poems that touches on love, encouragement and getting to know oneself. Why did I call it “an optimistic set of poems”? That’s because on the very first page until the very last, I’ve read everything in an ultimately optimistic tone. The style of her writing gives a happy, positive vibe despite the underlying message it clearly holds to its readers. I’ve always read very dramatic or gloomy-feeling sets of poems so it was refreshing to read something new, something I’ve never discovered before. In the beginning, I was gonna give it a 3.5 stars out of 5 but near the end, I enjoyed more of what she wrote. In all honesty, I think the author could do so much better but this is her first book on poetry so it’s truly a good start. It may not be as high as the other ratings but hopefully, it’ll encourage her more! I’d probably get a physical copy of this too someday.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ravneet Kaur

    Malhaar is a collection of poems by Ambica Uppal. The book is divided into six different sections with each section dealing with themes like letting go, loving yourself, depression etc. Each poem is accompanied by an illustration. The first thing that attracted me towards the book was the cover. Since I am a person who judges books by their covers, I was immediately intrigued. The artwork based on each poem is impressive and brings out the character of the poem even more. Almost all the poems are Malhaar is a collection of poems by Ambica Uppal. The book is divided into six different sections with each section dealing with themes like letting go, loving yourself, depression etc. Each poem is accompanied by an illustration. The first thing that attracted me towards the book was the cover. Since I am a person who judges books by their covers, I was immediately intrigued. The artwork based on each poem is impressive and brings out the character of the poem even more. Almost all the poems are in short form, which makes it a very fast read. However, some of these poems are loaded with emotions so you might want to space out the reading to enjoy the book. The themes were extremely relatable which made my reading experience a bliss. The thing with poetry is that it is an intensely personal experience, but the issues explored in the book are so universal that they will resonate with everyone. This is what makes this book unique.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mugdha Mahajan

    Haze of the past, Blocks my rear view; Clouds of the future, Fogs the new. So, There's nowhere else to look But at the NOW! Live In The Moment I'm not really into poetry genre, so 'Malhaar' was my first read from this genre. To be honest I actually enjoyed reading the book and some of them really had an impact on me. Ambica's poetry is magical and I feel connected to it. It's a very short book, I finished it within an hour but it left me with such positivity. The best part about the book are the illustra Haze of the past, Blocks my rear view; Clouds of the future, Fogs the new. So, There's nowhere else to look But at the NOW! Live In The Moment I'm not really into poetry genre, so 'Malhaar' was my first read from this genre. To be honest I actually enjoyed reading the book and some of them really had an impact on me. Ambica's poetry is magical and I feel connected to it. It's a very short book, I finished it within an hour but it left me with such positivity. The best part about the book are the illustrations. They were amazing, I absolutely loved them. I really loved reading this book, I'll recommend you too read the same.  I didn't stop Loving you And  Perhaps I would  Never not love you. It's just that I started Loving myself more. Time To Let Go

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eman Fatima

    If you're someone who likes to read poetry you'll definitely like this one. if you like rupi kaur's poetry you'll like this too. great book ❤ Best of luck Ambica.💓💕 I'm still reading this book, once I'm done I'll post the complete review.💓 If you're someone who likes to read poetry you'll definitely like this one. if you like rupi kaur's poetry you'll like this too. great book ❤ Best of luck Ambica.💓💕 I'm still reading this book, once I'm done I'll post the complete review.💓

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Ellis

    Full review to come!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anabella Córdoba

    3.85⭐ The verses are so lirical and satisficed. Some of those are about self love, others about romance and love and others are focused on family. These verses were written by the author like a way of her expression and I really feel them so relatable. Also this is a quick read and you can enjoy it so easily.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gayatri Saikia | per_fictionist

    First and foremost I would like to thank the author for sending me this beautiful review copy. It's been ages since I've read such an inspiring and thoughtful book of poetry. The illustrations, the poems all seemed to connect to me. Flipping through the pages was indeed a bliss. I loved how she pens every emotion in such a way that it wrenches my heart. Most of poems were raw yet exquisite in every way that made me want to re-read. The "on voyages" section was a bit off to me. Like it didn't tie up First and foremost I would like to thank the author for sending me this beautiful review copy. It's been ages since I've read such an inspiring and thoughtful book of poetry. The illustrations, the poems all seemed to connect to me. Flipping through the pages was indeed a bliss. I loved how she pens every emotion in such a way that it wrenches my heart. Most of poems were raw yet exquisite in every way that made me want to re-read. The "on voyages" section was a bit off to me. Like it didn't tie up with the rest of the portions altogether. I am not exceptionally good at reviewing poetry books but I would like to recommend this piece of work to everyone. And as of me, I would definitely love to watch her explore other topics especially Feminism.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Giulia 🌿🍓

    2.75 ⭐️ I’ve kindly recieved an ARC of Malhaar (set to release on April 18) by Toronto-based writer Ambica Uppal ! Malhaar is a collection of poems divided in six parts, each dealing with a different theme (self-love, learnt lessons, travels, etc.) and accompanied by a handful of illustrations. Uppal shares her thoughts, feelings and experiences through her free verse poetry, and some of the poems resonated with me. I am still new to poetry, but I did enjoy this!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie Elizabeth

    Malhaar – When it pours, soak yourself in poetry. Author: Ambica Uppal Rating: 2.5 stars. ‘Malhaar is an old melody in Indian classical music and is evocative of the rains in the monsoon season, and this book that you hold in your hands is a poetic downpour of my emotions through the seasons of life.’ Firstly, I’d like to thank Ambica Uppal herself for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity, so thank you once again! As someone Malhaar – When it pours, soak yourself in poetry. Author: Ambica Uppal Rating: 2.5 stars. ‘Malhaar is an old melody in Indian classical music and is evocative of the rains in the monsoon season, and this book that you hold in your hands is a poetic downpour of my emotions through the seasons of life.’ Firstly, I’d like to thank Ambica Uppal herself for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity, so thank you once again! As someone who is a huge lover of poetry, and is currently studying it at university, I couldn’t wait to dive right into this collection. If you are someone who loves personal writing, contemporary/modern poetry, self-love and the likes of Milk & Honey/ The Princess saves herself in this one, then you will enjoy Uppal’s new release, Malhaar. The collection is split into six different ‘seasons’ of life, and examines deeply personal moments that the author has experienced. These are: In Verse, Let Yourself Love and Be Loved, Lessons Learnt and Discerned, On Voyages, You an others and Flesh, Blood and Sweat. I found this collection to be very reflective and the personal touches throughout really created an emotional complex to the pieces. Some of my favourites are, Authenticity (p.48), Happiness in what you have today (p.63) and Show me the real you (p.82). Here is an example of Malhaar’s poetry: Oh, darling, Don’t let the darkness In others Smear black Over your palette of colours! Steer away from the Negative. (p.91). When reading the pieces, I did find myself looking back on my own person, and how I am influenced by the people and things around me. Malhaar’s expression of her own downfalls and lessons learnt are truly something that connects the reader to the words on the page. Positives: • Inspiring and influential. • A personal expression of experiences, the confessional aspect behind the words does make the poetry relatable and draws the reader in. • The topics chosen are something that need to be touched upon more in society/culture. • Her individual flare and culture influences can be seen throughout, the illustrations that accompany the piece are also nicely complimentary. Negatives: • There were quite a few things that I found wishing for when reading this collection. I found that perhaps the pieces were somewhat repetitive and needed more experimentation with. A majority of them were the same structure and lacked a variety of poetic techniques that other poets are daring with today. • Most of the pieces didn’t have any punctuation, but Uppal’s interest in spoken word poetry might be the reason for this. • I wanted more! More emotion, more experimentation with lexis, word choice, symbols, imagery. I wanted some of them to push the boundaries, to really make me think and reflect more upon my deepest emotions. Quite a few of the poems did do this, but some only scratched the surface. • It was quite like other poetry books that are popular at the moment. Of course, this is a fantastic way to get your work published because these books are doing so well now. But, I did feel like I was reading another one and it lost a touch of personality and individual flare by the end. I did enjoy this poetry collection nonetheless and I can’t wait to see how Uppal’s work improves over time, this is such a promising start! Don’t get me wrong and think that I am just hating upon this because I’m definitely not. The poetry is stimulating and some of the pieces really posit questions and make us think. Rating: 2.5/5. Katie Elizabeth Reads x :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

    To read my full review, visit my fledgling of a blog here Thanks and enjoy! ---------------------------------------- I was kindly given an E-ARC of this collection by the author in exchange for an honest review. 🌟🌟🌟/5 stars for Poems 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 stars for Book (artwork and layout) 🌟🌟🌟✨/5 stars Overall I love poetry! As someone who adores the Greats - the War Poets, the Romantics, like Owen and Shelley and Tennyson and Wordsworth and Eliot - I know I am in love with poetry. Of course, I like modern poets too To read my full review, visit my fledgling of a blog here Thanks and enjoy! ---------------------------------------- I was kindly given an E-ARC of this collection by the author in exchange for an honest review. 🌟🌟🌟/5 stars for Poems 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 stars for Book (artwork and layout) 🌟🌟🌟✨/5 stars Overall I love poetry! As someone who adores the Greats - the War Poets, the Romantics, like Owen and Shelley and Tennyson and Wordsworth and Eliot - I know I am in love with poetry. Of course, I like modern poets too: Duffy, Armitage, and Hughes, though modern modern, social media poetry by the likes of Rupi Kaur have thus far evaded my grasp. For my first experience of this type of poetry, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I didn’t despise it, especially considering the amount of critique it receives.However, I have to start with the bad before I proceed to the good. From what I’ve heard of Kaur’s ‘Milk and Honey’, Ambica Uppal’s Malhaar seems to have the same sort of style to her poetry. There have been many critical reviews of this sort of ‘Instapoet’ form of poetry and I can certainly agree with several of the criticisms in Uppal’s work. It’s that seemingly random, ‘trying too hard to have structural effect’ kind of method of pressing the spacebar or the enter key at erratic, illogical moments within the poem that irk me. Almost every other time the word ‘and’ was included in a poem, it had its own little line, all to itself, like that one kid in school who always sits alone. ---------------------------------------- I realise now that I seem to have given a lot more reasons why I disliked Malhaar, than reasons why I liked it. But I really did like it! Ambica may not have beaten the likes of Percy Shelley (whom I absolutely adore) in my mind, but she’s made it up onto the list of writers whose work I would likely read again in the future. So if you want to read some of my other favourites, like Know Me For The Things That Count (a poem about the real things you should know about a person), Authenticity (a poem about the falseness of beautiful, shiny things), and The Right Love (a poem about a heart, learning to love again), then make sure you buy Ambica Uppal’s pretty, and occasionally powerful, collection of poems.

  19. 5 out of 5

    sofiaidrish

    After reading Malhaar in only one sitting, I felt so thankful to be able to read this book. I find amazing pieces that move my heart and spirit. It is like having a best friend who listens and shows best version of me buried under my darkest time. It feels so lovely to see that it’s our best friend who notices our wound and flaws but still loves us completely. Ambica Uppal is really talented in poetry and making simple words bang with thousand emotions and ideas and stories. For it also contents After reading Malhaar in only one sitting, I felt so thankful to be able to read this book. I find amazing pieces that move my heart and spirit. It is like having a best friend who listens and shows best version of me buried under my darkest time. It feels so lovely to see that it’s our best friend who notices our wound and flaws but still loves us completely. Ambica Uppal is really talented in poetry and making simple words bang with thousand emotions and ideas and stories. For it also contents beautiful illustrations, surely it deserves 4 of 5 stars. Only one thing should be considered by the writer is to avoid same word use in one poem or another. Same repetition of word choice maybe makes the poems feel dragging and less dynamic. Malhaar, a new knowledge about Indian culture I got from this book, is an old melody in Indian classical music. As the writer states in the book it is evocative of the rains in monsoon season. This tittle is really catchy and lovely representing the poems inside. Cloudburst of living, thinking and feelings. This book consists of six chapters: In Verse, Let Yourself Love and Be Loved, Lessons Learnt and Discerned, On Voyages, You and Others and Flesh, Blood and Sweat. The earlier chapter consists of shorter poem than the following ones. There are certain meanings of each chapter which are talked in the poems. I enjoyed most of them especially about self-love and motivational ones. Reading this makes me feel understood. That’s a rare situation I got from a poetry book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    jenny

    50% — 2.5 stars I'm flattered that Ambica sent me an e-arc to review; I was surprised and accepted immediately because I was keen to support another Canadian author. Thank you, Ms.Uppal, you're really sweet. My taste of poetry is very picky. I prefer a more abstract and freeverse form of poetry that gives the reader reasons to really think about what the poet was trying to convey. Rhyming, if done well, can be very good or very bad depending on the rest of the words in the verse. The collections in 50% — 2.5 stars I'm flattered that Ambica sent me an e-arc to review; I was surprised and accepted immediately because I was keen to support another Canadian author. Thank you, Ms.Uppal, you're really sweet. My taste of poetry is very picky. I prefer a more abstract and freeverse form of poetry that gives the reader reasons to really think about what the poet was trying to convey. Rhyming, if done well, can be very good or very bad depending on the rest of the words in the verse. The collections in Malhaar were nicely separated, but the poems were really repetitive to me. There are many of the typical messages associated with our society (self-love, kindness, persistence), and that's perfectly alright—I love inspirational messages like that because the world still needs them. It's the way they were conveyed that didn't quite hit the point. The same imagery and metaphors were used again and again, and although not excessively, it took away from the variety I desired. I also didn't click with the use of examination marks and capitals; it made the poetry seem forced. But these are all my own opinions; I think Uppal has plenty of room for improvement, and I'm excited to see what else she'll put out. It's bravery, to display one's raw, unedited emotions in full light to the rest of the world, and I greatly admire her for it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Faithe.In.Books

    I was honoured to receive a request from Ambica Uppal to review her new book Malhaar which will be released on the 18th of April! Malhaar is a beautiful collection of powerful poetry and prose. The author has done a brilliant job capturing an abundance of emotions within her writing. From friendship to love, heartbreak to forgiveness, despair to self belief, there is a poem in here for everyone. Ambica Uppal does a wonderful job intertwining aspects of nature; allowing for a beautiful comparison I was honoured to receive a request from Ambica Uppal to review her new book Malhaar which will be released on the 18th of April! Malhaar is a beautiful collection of powerful poetry and prose. The author has done a brilliant job capturing an abundance of emotions within her writing. From friendship to love, heartbreak to forgiveness, despair to self belief, there is a poem in here for everyone. Ambica Uppal does a wonderful job intertwining aspects of nature; allowing for a beautiful comparison to our emotions and thoughts. The simple yet effective drawings scattered throughout the book are a lovely touch. I loved this book as I found myself resonating with many of the poems as I read, every page evoking emotions and memories. To pick just a favourite poem would be impossible so here is just one that I fell in love with. "You were like the clouds That made it difficult For the stars in me to shine And To shine again I had to let you go ~ Move Forward A beautifully crafted book of poetry that I'm sure I will continue to revisit. If you love poetry I suggest you you take a look at Malhaar and soak yourself in poetry.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vidhya Thakkar

    Check full review here: http://www.vidhyathakkar.com/bookrevi... Malhaar- It’s a beautiful book with the collection of many wonderful poems. The book is divided into 6 parts and each part has a different theme. The poems are based on various emotions such as love, loss, grief, hope, parenthood, faith, self-love. There are so many poems which have so much depth, some were okayish. The language used by the author is simple, easy and interesting. The cherry on the cake is beautiful Illustrations. I Check full review here: http://www.vidhyathakkar.com/bookrevi... Malhaar- It’s a beautiful book with the collection of many wonderful poems. The book is divided into 6 parts and each part has a different theme. The poems are based on various emotions such as love, loss, grief, hope, parenthood, faith, self-love. There are so many poems which have so much depth, some were okayish. The language used by the author is simple, easy and interesting. The cherry on the cake is beautiful Illustrations. I loved each of them, they are all beautifully made. The way the author presented the poems is wonderful. Each and every emotion is expressed in a mesmerizing way. The book started in a good way but the way it ended was amazing. I loved her writing style. It’s simple and connecting. It gives good, positive vibes to the readers. The flow of the poems is good. I loved how the themes were connecting, and interesting. The cover and the title of the book is attractive. I loved the blurb too. Overall, it’s a wonderful book with raw feelings written beautifully. The illustrations are something I loved most. If you love poetry, Go for it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rumsha A • Storiesandplottwists

    Ambica Uppal portrays in her book her thoughts about life. How a person suffers without anyone else knowing, what little things hurt the most and which tiny things bring an impish grin to your face. Malhaar is an Indian word that represents a raag in Indian Classical music and is associated with torrential downpour. And the book is that exactly, it soaks you in poetry as it claims. Falling down and getting back up, leading a miserable life to falling in love head over heels with someone only to Ambica Uppal portrays in her book her thoughts about life. How a person suffers without anyone else knowing, what little things hurt the most and which tiny things bring an impish grin to your face. Malhaar is an Indian word that represents a raag in Indian Classical music and is associated with torrential downpour. And the book is that exactly, it soaks you in poetry as it claims. Falling down and getting back up, leading a miserable life to falling in love head over heels with someone only to get your heart broken into a thousand pieces, the book has it all. The poetess encourages her readers to 'Believe in themselves', have faith that everything will be okay in the end, because if it's not okay, it's not the end. Fall down and get up, and then fly to the sky, this is what Malhaar is about. The poems in this book explore the themes of love, loss, grief, faith and friendships. I loved the illustrations, they were absolutely gorgeous. Ambica Uppal excels as a debutante poetess, the book is sparkling silver.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    I was fortunate enough to be gifted an advanced copy of this book by Ambica Uppal I will give a quick review here (for my full review check out http://thebookwormprincess.com/malhaa...). When you read this book it is clear that the author poured her heart into it! The structure of the book is unique in that it flows like a journey through life, because of it I found that the poetry evoked a lot of emotions out of me. This is something that you can pick up at anytime and find a poem that will spe I was fortunate enough to be gifted an advanced copy of this book by Ambica Uppal I will give a quick review here (for my full review check out http://thebookwormprincess.com/malhaa...). When you read this book it is clear that the author poured her heart into it! The structure of the book is unique in that it flows like a journey through life, because of it I found that the poetry evoked a lot of emotions out of me. This is something that you can pick up at anytime and find a poem that will speak to you; there are poems about heartbreak that can be related to, poems that will empower you, poems that you can have good cry with! All in all its a 5 star read in my book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kadie Hayward Mullins

    I received a free copy of Malhaar from the author in return for my honest review. I enjoy reading poetry so I was very excited to review this large collection. It is well-formatted and flows nicely with lovely illustrations but if you’re a frequent reader or writer of poetry, this book may not be for you. It is full of outstanding potential and I look forward to following Ambica’s writing career as I think she has many stories to tell that are interesting and resonate with readers. I’m not sure I received a free copy of Malhaar from the author in return for my honest review. I enjoy reading poetry so I was very excited to review this large collection. It is well-formatted and flows nicely with lovely illustrations but if you’re a frequent reader or writer of poetry, this book may not be for you. It is full of outstanding potential and I look forward to following Ambica’s writing career as I think she has many stories to tell that are interesting and resonate with readers. I’m not sure she hit the nail on the head with this one for poetry lovers but I do think if you enjoy creative story telling and are looking to try something new, it is very worth the read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I’ve recently received an ARC from @ambicauppal . Which I’m eternally grateful for because I adored her book ‘Malhaar’. Each poem was beautifully crafted and put me in all sorts of emotions. They made me feel encouraged. Made me laugh. Made me tear up. And as the tagline says, “When it pours, soak yourself in poetry.” I’ve soaked myself completely in her poetry while it was raining outside. The book came out yesterdayyy!! So what are you waiting for? Go and buy it Now! "When it pours, soak yourse I’ve recently received an ARC from @ambicauppal . Which I’m eternally grateful for because I adored her book ‘Malhaar’. Each poem was beautifully crafted and put me in all sorts of emotions. They made me feel encouraged. Made me laugh. Made me tear up. And as the tagline says, “When it pours, soak yourself in poetry.” I’ve soaked myself completely in her poetry while it was raining outside. The book came out yesterdayyy!! So what are you waiting for? Go and buy it Now! "When it pours, soak yourself in poetry." - Ambica Uppal

  27. 4 out of 5

    Haniah

    I would like to start by Thanking the author for sending me an ARC in exchange on an honest review. Malhaar is a delightful composition of poems , divided into chapters with specific topics dealing with pain and having hope and starting new chapters and the lessons learnt along the way.I love how it's so general and yet so personal with hidden meanings that mean different things to everyone . I have to admit I didn't connect to a lot of the poem, but there are 2-5 in each chapter that spoke direc I would like to start by Thanking the author for sending me an ARC in exchange on an honest review. Malhaar is a delightful composition of poems , divided into chapters with specific topics dealing with pain and having hope and starting new chapters and the lessons learnt along the way.I love how it's so general and yet so personal with hidden meanings that mean different things to everyone . I have to admit I didn't connect to a lot of the poem, but there are 2-5 in each chapter that spoke directly to me. Overall it has beautiful poetry and definitely worth a read

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tessa Vandepoel

    A few days back i got a message from the authour , asking me to review her book. Of course i said yes, i went out of my comfort zone because i normally don’t read poetry. But i must admit she did a good job writing it. Some of the poems really looked like they came straight out of my head. But others i didn’t really understand fully. It was something different for me but i actually liked it. I would recommend it to people who love poetry.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    I'm not really good at poetry but I quite enjoyed this book. even if I can't interpret all the meaning for every poem, but I know write is not easy especially poetry so I give 4 🌟 for it. what would you find in this book? a lot of inspiration, kindness, love, that came from author life experiences that she beautifully pour in each word. If you poetry book fan than you should consider this to be added in one of your collections. I'm not really good at poetry but I quite enjoyed this book. even if I can't interpret all the meaning for every poem, but I know write is not easy especially poetry so I give 4 🌟 for it. what would you find in this book? a lot of inspiration, kindness, love, that came from author life experiences that she beautifully pour in each word. If you poetry book fan than you should consider this to be added in one of your collections.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Surbhi Gupta

    This is the first poetry book that I have read and I definitely would want to explore more in the genre. The poems are heart warming and super relatable. I loved most, I liked some and I couldn't get the essence of probably one or two. But the ones I have loved have stayed with me. They made me introspect and I know I have to revisit them from time to time. It's a collection of wide ranging poems and covers all the aspects of our being. It proved to be one soul warming journey for me❤ This is the first poetry book that I have read and I definitely would want to explore more in the genre. The poems are heart warming and super relatable. I loved most, I liked some and I couldn't get the essence of probably one or two. But the ones I have loved have stayed with me. They made me introspect and I know I have to revisit them from time to time. It's a collection of wide ranging poems and covers all the aspects of our being. It proved to be one soul warming journey for me❤

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