Book Review: Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree by Simi K. Rao

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Dear Bookworms,

So we all know I am not a huge reader of poetry but I did fall in love with Rupi Kaur’s two books of poetry (Milk & Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers) and when I heard this one was similar in style, I of course had to give it a read.

What is this book about?

Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree is a collection of both short poems and short stories.

My thoughts

If I’m being honest, I was much more taken by the short stories. Ranging from heartwarming to spooky they didn’t really follow a particular genre but were so very enjoyable.

This is not to say I didn’t enjoy the poems- as I did. One in particular resonated with me, Growing Pains, as it so movingly described parenthood and how our children grow up in the blink of an eye. As a mom to a 9 year old and a 13 year old- I really connected with this one.

A short enjoyable read!

This one is a short read- I was able to finish in one sitting within an hour. The poetry hits on many various topics, most of which are relevant (at least to me in my life). Self esteem, loss, motherhood- things that I have felt and struggled with myself.

My Rating

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Fans of poetry and short stories will definitely enjoy this one!

Till next week!


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