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Celebrating the joy and the pain (Book Review - Sunita Saldhana's Who Shall I be Today?)

Title: Who Shall I be Today?
Author: Sunita Saldhana
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Patridge India

Sunita Saldhana's Who Shall I be Today is a collection of poems which explores the many roles of being a woman. 
I was a little apprehensive about reading this book because I did not want to read self-righteous poems about the superiority of doing a lot. 
Not that I don't have my moments of feeling a little larger-than-life, when I am multi-tasking, but more often than not, I would rather take things in my stride and enjoy what I have.

My apprehensions were unnecessary, though.

The first poem in this collection is titled 'Words'. I fell hook line and sinker with that one itself.

A few lines from that poem -

Adding magic to my world,
Breathing life into feelings,
Helping me fly."

It just got better as I read along.

The poems in Who Shall I be Today explore varied emotions.


"I love you but
I am happy when I am alone too."


"My world is fun
And vibrant too,
And so much more beautiful
When I share it with you!"

Fighting depression,

"I want to laugh
Coz I've reached rock bottom.
And it's exhilarating
To feel that firm nothingness."


"Smile and laugh to hide the pain.
I'll do my crying in the rain."


"Sometimes, just sometimes.....
I wish I could stop being responsible.
I wish that I could dance in the rain,
And chase after rainbows."

Love, Death, Motherhood, Work, Writing and more.

It is a celebration of the many roles that a woman plays.

"So tell me Mirror
Who shall I be?
Of the many faces of mine
Today, what will I let people see?"

I have a couple of favourites.

One is titled 'Kaleidoscope'. This poem compares the changing patterns of relationships and emotions in life to a kaleidoscope.

Then there is 'Painting over memories'. I don't think I will think of re-painting the walls of my home the same way every again. The way the poetess lingers over each memory is a visual treat.

Another one of my favourites is a poem that made me smile - 'My first day in school'. From a teacher's point of view...
"Who wanted their mamma more, I wondered,
Was it the little kids or was it me?"

I have loved each of Sunita Saldhana's poems... each one different. Some abstract, some describing particular experiences. Some full of joy, some fighting pain. 
But each one delightfully written.

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The italicised, colored text in quotation marks are excerpts from the book.

Thans to the author and WriteTribe for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A woman can never be "just a woman. She is a million people in one person. "Who shall I be today?" is a collection of poems that delves into what makes up a woman. It talks of a mother's love and fears; a woman's search for herself; the yearnings of the heart for that someone special. It tells of the hurt and pain that love brings, and the courage to pick up the pieces and start over again. You will find tears and smiles, pain and pride. You will find fear and courage, nostalgia and anticipation. You will find woman in all her avatars.
"Who shall I be today?" by Sunita Saldhana is something written from the heart. It is a celebration of womanhood. It is guaranteed to touch the soul of every woman who reads it.

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Sunita Saldhana is a 51 year old writer and life coach who absolutely loves being a woman with all of its myriad facets. She believes in finding joy in the small things in everyday life. She has been writing since the age of 13 and is a she calls herself, "a retired mom", with both her kids having flown the nest. She says this finally gives her the time to be a full time writer.

You can find more of her writings on her blog
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  1. Thank you so much! this was such a lovely review. It really touched my heart. Thanks so much!


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