Reading soup

I’m in the process of consuming Mridula Koshy’s short fiction debut, If It Is Sweet and Agha Shahid Ali’s collected poems, The Veiled Suite. I wouldn’t ordinarily link a book of short stories with a collection of poems but I can’t help but think of these two diametrically opposite creations purely in terms of their talent. I am aware that I am covering a literary trajectory that spans a spectrum in terms of experience, tone, perspective, emotion, temperament and impact. Koshy’s debut is an edgy bouquet of multiple perspectives in confident tones describing in pitch perfect detail the inner lives of otherwise peripheral characters. Shahid’s poetry is an experienced lyrical voice which sings in measured tones of internal territories of love, grief and loss. It’s a fantastic treat to be able to discover their intricately created worlds side by side.


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