One fine day, poems and stories spoke to her and her journey as a writer started from 2017; before that, she never wrote a single word neither did she dream to be a writer. And now a single day does not go without scribbling a few words. She believes life is like this, full of surprises, unexpected turns and new horizons waiting to be explored every day. She considers herself pretty much a heathen in the writing world. She is also a published author, and when she is not writing, she likes to travel and dance.
I came across a one liner on Facebook and found it impressive because, such a profound thought was put forth in simple words, directly without unnecessary ornamental words. I got curious about the writer. This profound thought was penned by Lavanya Nukavarapu.
As days passed by, I got hooked to these one liners by Lavanya. I had been waiting for her to publish a book and when her book released, I immediately bought it- I knew I am going to relish each one of her poems.
And it turned out just the way I had expected it to be- it was an absolute joy reading her book. True to the title of the book, ‘Bare thoughts,’ most of the poems are honest expressions of myriad emotions in few words with a clarity as to what she wants to convey to the reader? I would say there are three main aspects in her poems: honesty, brevity and introspectiveness. When a writer or poetess has clarity of thought these three aspects are bound to be the essence of her writing.
As you read poem by poem a common underlying thread is observed or rather felt throughout the book. It is ‘hurt and pain.’ But, mind you at no point of time there is an element of weakness that is revealed through the hurt and pain expressed in the poems. Each poem comes out as a powerful expression of individuality and the stubbornness to move on in life.
The most significant poem in the book that shuns weakness is the poem ‘Scars.’ Though the poem speaks about the boundless and bottomless pit of pain and seems to be dark – it ends in a manner that reveals the strength and stubbornness to overcome the hurt and pain, to give a befitting reply not through vengeance but by not giving into the pain.
I would want to share the last line of the poem ‘Scars’:
“I remind myself, I was not meant to hide my scars,
I was meant to be a war cry, the roars of roars.”
Now you see what I meant? Doesn’t it just hit you hard with the power packed words and expressions?
This power is bewitching and is present in almost all poems.
The poem preceding ‘Scars’ is the poem ‘Bare’.
Just midway through the book Lavanya reveals the purpose of all the poems. The purpose is to put forth her emotions naked and bare, without any pretence, no fear and with no resistance to express the truth.
Another poem that makes your belief stronger in her power and individuality is the poem ‘Stream.’
“Let her be what she is,
Don’t be afraid to lose her,
For she is the stream,
And she will find her way to the ocean”
These few words encompass everything a woman craves for – to be accepted just the way she is. Infact, each one of us would love and appreciate freedom as no one can deny the fact that freedom is precious and valuable in everyone’s life.
Another poem that expresses the necessity of preserving one’s individuality is “I did not come this far.”
The last lines are:
“The only way to have all of me is to let me be and love the way I am.”
A special mention of a short poem “Firefly”:
“She was a firefly trapped in a jar.
I had to just open the lid.
She became radiance.”
Some of the poems are so intensely expressed in the most succinct way possible like the poem “Chandelier” and “Mocking Silence.”
The book also touches on various aspects of our life. One such poem is called “City and Me”, which is a reflection city life. It is about how we live in circumstances where we ought to protest about many things happening in the city but, we seldom revolt as we have become immune to our surroundings thus, resisting change.
‘Why’ is my favourite poem because, it puts in simple words the redundancy of most of our feelings and actions. Lavanya’s words are sharp like a sword cutting through the conscience of the reader:
“And lastly when death is the final destination,
Why are we so much attached to life?”
As a tribute to her readers Lavanya writes the poem ‘Crumbs’ where she puts forth her feeling about how she would like to be remembered by her readers:
“When I cease walking, I will be the breeze;
Blowing and settling next to the reader,
Laughing and crying with them.”
All in all, it has been a wonderful experience reading ‘Bare thoughts’ for Lavanya’s knack of moving her readers through her bold and direct way of sharing her thoughts.
As a reader you might unearth different aspects of her poems, something that I haven’t fathomed into, share your thoughts with me true to the spirit of her writing- ‘bare’.
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