Book Review: Sparrow In The Mirror by Kunal Narayan Uniyal

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Poetry

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This was a book sent to me by the author himself, who originally wrote the book in Hindi and then translated it to several languages, including English, French, and even Italian. While this was a good attempt to reach a wider audience, the translation to English specifically was a little rough and made the poems more difficult to comprehend than if they were in the author’s native language. There were also a few grammatical errors that made the flow of the book awkward but I suppose that a number of them could be put up to poetic license.

With respect to the poetry itself, this is one of the first books that I have read that is not prose, and for that alone I am very happy.  The stories in the book are about various interesting subjects, such as surrendering to a higher being (God) or embracing the inevitable (death). Although there is no consistent rhyme scheme, I find that the few lines that do rhyme jump out at the reader in a very unique way. All in all, should you get the chance to read this book, I would definitely recommend it as an interesting read!

Here is an excerpt of one of my favorite poems from this book:

Things might just look hazy for now,

Fog might obscure our vision.

We might get blinded by spark of unrest,

And we might want to conclude all in jest.

But then my love, I will rise like a phoenix,

From the ashes of the hell,

To tell this world that my love is not for sale.

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