by Valerie Flokstra, jaBlog! Book Review Editor
Rachit Bansal was fifteen years old when he published his 99-page collection of poems. The poems cover dozens of different issues ranging from birth to death with many more topics in between, hence the title Journey to Eternity. One thing that really comes out in the poems is the author’s life in his home country of India. It is very different from my life in North America!
Rachit poetically describes things such as the rivalries between India and Pakistan, and his desire for there to be peace and brotherhood between the neighbouring nations. He also describes the concept of time in at least half a dozen different ways, using odes and sonnets and other styles. Some additional topics his poetry covers include diary excerpts, letters, and prominent people such as Ghandi and Mother Theresa, as well as the personification of things such as a doll and the sun.
Rachit weaves his religious beliefs cleverly throughout the entire book. Sometimes it is clearly the subject of his poems, such as in a piece reminiscing on being a bird in a past life, and another talking about God and the future. In others it is much more subtle. But I’ll leave you to treasure hunt for those.
If you are into poetry or want to get a very personal view of what life is like for one creative teenager in India, I would highly recommend Journey to Eternity, which is available in eBook worldwide and in hardcover on Amazon India.