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Embark on an introspective journey: Exploring ‘The Vast Empty’ by Turiya

“The Vast Empty” by Turiya pen name for Mamta Chander, is a captivating collection that invites readers to embark on an introspective journey through the landscapes of human emotions. The emphasis on meditation and reflection, coupled with the exploration of universal themes such as love, loss, and the human condition, suggests a deeply contemplative and […]

“The Vast Empty” by Turiya pen name for Mamta Chander, is a captivating collection that invites readers to embark on an introspective journey through the landscapes of human emotions. The emphasis on meditation and reflection, coupled with the exploration of universal themes such as love, loss, and the human condition, suggests a deeply contemplative and empathetic work

The book’s focus on stillness, the beauty of life, and the discovery of one’s own divinity adds a spiritual dimension to the journey one embarks upon through these poems. The use of poetry and free verse often provides a unique and expressive medium to convey profound ideas and emotions.
Turiya’s writing aims not only to evoke emotions but also to guide readers toward a deeper understanding of themselves. The themes of empathy and compassion underscore the human connection that poetry can foster. There are sixty five poems of different lengths in the book.

Within the realm of poetry, some pieces like Travel Far, Seeking, Serendipity, and Fragrance evoke a spirit of adventure and exploration, imbuing readers with a sense of quest and wanderlust. Conversely, works such as Death, The Moment, and The House of Reality offer a contrasting experience, evoking a profound stillness and a poignant reflection on the realities of existence.

In the poem, Air, the author contemplates the transient nature of life and the profound connections made through shared breaths. The verses beautifully convey the idea that, in a single breath, we exchange more than air - we share moments of relief, prayer, wonder, and perhaps even desire. The poem concludes with a poignant question about whether shared breaths with a loved one create everlasting imprints on our lives.
The long poem Full Circle is a vivid and poetic exploration of the passage of time and the different moods associated with each segment of the day. The author breathes life into Dawn, Morning, Afternoon, Dusk, and Night, endowing them with distinct personalities and characteristics.

Dawn is depicted as a youthful and carefree spirit, while Morning exudes power and vitality, symbolizing the beginning of a new day filled with promise and activity. Afternoon is portrayed as a period of introspection and uncertainty, characterized by moodiness and tempestuousness.
As the day progresses, Dusk brings a sense of calm and tranquillity, gently ushering in the transition from day to night. Night arrives with an aura of sensuality and allure, captivating all who behold her with her mesmerizing presence.

Overall, “The Vast Empty” is a beautiful and profound collection of poems that will leave a lasting impression on the reader. Turiya’s poetry is accessible and makes it easy for anyone to connect with it. This poetry collection is a must-read for anyone looking for inspiration, guidance, or simply a moment of stillness and reflection.

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