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Saturday, 4 April 2015





Date Published: March 16, 2015


Publisher: Patridge Publishing

Pages180
Source: Review copy provided by Nikitha Hingad

Format: Ebook (PDF)





Goodreads Synopsis


Just like the title suggests Philia and Sophia is a compilation of poems and writings on love and wisdom. The compilation consists of of well-crafted poems written in diamat, haiku, sonnet and free style of poetry. Philia is a set of heart touching poems with ubiquitous themes like proposal, betrayal and memories. Sophia on the other hand leaves reader with a message, a moral and inspiration for better living. Sophia makes reader really think and Philia makes reader feel. Philia and Sophia intend to touch the heart, soul and stir deep thoughts.




My Review




“Tell no one what you are.
Just show them who you are.
Action speaks louder than words.
Pens are mightier than swords.”

~Nikitha Hingad



Nikitha Hingad’s poetry book, Philia and Sophia, is a collection of breathtaking poems and writings on love and wisdom and she has indeed proven that pens are mightier than swords. Her book caught my attention when I read the blurb of the book on Goodreads and, as soon as I did, I knew I was going to have the time of my life reading it.


As a poetry lover, I love picking up books or poems from various authors from various parts of the world. When I found out about the book Philia and Sophia, I decided to contact Nikitha Hingad Ma’am right away. As soon as I got my hands on Ebook through Nikitha ma’am, I observed that the book is divided into two parts: Philia and Sophia. Philia is a collection of poems and writings on various aspects of love and related emotions such as betrayal, heartbreaks, longing, proposal etc., whereas, Sophia is a collection of poems and writings on wisdom, morals, inspiration. In the introductory pages, Nikitha ma’am explains beautifully what the word ‘Philia’ means and to quote her,

Philia is the lover in me, in you, in everyone.


In the introductory pages, Nikitha ma’am also explains in mysterious way, what the word ‘Sophia’ means and to quote her,

“Sophia is a mysterious woman whose thoughts are wise.”


To speak of the language of the poems and writings in the book, I really enjoyed reading her poems for the simplicity of the language and the depth of wisdom. Her poems and writings travelled deep beneath the sea using the simplest language I have ever read and left me enthralled. Her words, simple and subtle, pierced through my heart and soul and touched the very core or the center of my existence.


Titles of the poems are something not everyone will focus on but I always find something hidden in the darkest of caves. I observed that many of the poetries don’t really give out what they are truly about from the title and that lead to surpassing my expectations by the time I finished reading them. A preconceived notion or expectation which comes with a title is taken away by Nikitha ma’am in few poems and writings and by doing that she has exceeded my expectations in unimaginable ways.


For the very reasons mentioned above, I really enjoyed reading almost all of the poems from the book. But, to point a few favorites, I would say, ‘Love’, ‘Departed’, ‘Hugs & Kisses’, ‘Chosen one’, ‘Self esteem’, ‘ Negative emotions’, ‘Hands’, ‘Life’, ‘Pens are mightier than swords’, ‘Beyond religion’, ‘The art of living’ and fear.


One of the most fascinating and unique feature of this book is Nikitha Hingad has herself illustrated few poems. You would never expect a poet to be such a beautiful sketch artist and vice-versa. But, Nikitha Hingad is the exception. Her illustrations, simple and graceful, were very touching and deep and left a lifelong impression on me. They did in fact help me understand her writings better as she mentions she intended to do in the Preface of the book. If you ask me, the illustration before the poem ‘Departed’ and ‘Hugs and Kisses’, ‘I walk alone’ are my personal favorites.


I rate this wonderful collection of poems and writings 3.5 out of 5. This book is a recommended to all the poetry lovers who wish to enjoy a collection of poetries on various subjects. Original sketches in between the poems are unique and make the book more interesting to read. There’s definitely a lot to learn from this book and so I recommend it to all the amateur poetry readers and writers. To all the readers, who are not truly poetry lovers or afraid whether they will understand poems or not, I must recommend this book for its simple language and deeper meaning.


I’m truly thankful to Nikitha Hingad ma’am for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful collection of poems and writings, Philia and Sophia.


~RP

2 comments:

Chandrashekhar Dubey said...

Good review but the book has deeper layers of meaning as it deconstructs the words' philia' and 'Sophia' ,leading the readers mesmerized with its richness and candidness cutting across geographical and cultural barriers.The inherent lucidity of words,tangibility of feelings and thoughts make this book irresistible.

Norman Datt said...

AS A PERSON SO YOUNG YET YOU WRITE AS A SAGE, BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF TAGORE, OH WISE WOMAN! KEEP ON WRITING, THE WORLD IS YOUR AUDIENCE.