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Finding solace and resilience in Mohua Chinappa’s ‘If Only It Were Spring Every Day’


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If you are yearning for love, respect and humanity, amidst all the chaos of the world, the collection of poems in ‘If Only It Were Spring Every Day’, by Mohua Chinappa, will soothe your soul. You will find words that resonate with the hope of a warm spring sunshine, while the pen nib is dipped in the bloodied ink of the indignities towards humanity and the price paid for the indifferences towards them.

The stories that Mohua collects while working with women, pour into a rhythm of expression, honouring the unheard voices. From the garlanding of the criminals of Bilkis Bano to the Manipur violence, and the destruction of our Mother Earth as she withers away, Mohua’s poetry echoes the truth around us and reflects our collective anger and pain.

‘If Only It Were Spring Every Day’ is a collection of poems that is like the rain falling into the belly of the parched earth. The love is celebrated, and the pain is felt like shards of glass piercing into one’s heart.

Mohua Chinappa is an accomplished author, columnist, and podcast host of ‘The Mohua Show’, and shares powerful stories of displacement and gender struggles in her fearless content. Her book, ‘Nautanki Sala and Other Stories’, addresses cultural-economic shifts and has been translated into Hindi as well. As a podcaster, she amplifies voices facilitating change.

Finding solace and resilience in Mohua Chinappa’s ‘If Only It Were Spring Every Day’ -

Mohua Chinappa

Mohua, a TEDx speaker, has received numerous awards including the Change-Maker Award. Chinappa also runs an initiative called NARI: that aims to empower the unheard voices of 160 million Indian Homemakers.

In his review of ‘If Only It Were Spring Every Day’, Piyush Saklani, who is in the merchant navy, and loves to read and write poetry and short stories, says, ‘This is a poignant collection of poetry that resonates with the human spirit. With themes of love, resilience, and self-acceptance, Chinappa’s verses offer solace and inspiration in equal measure.’

‘This collection is a must-read for anyone yearning for a deeper understanding of the human experience and the enduring power of hope. Through a heartfelt exploration of life’s trials and triumphs, Chinappa’s verses resonate deeply, offering solace amidst the chaos of the world. In this collection, Chinappa celebrates love while delving into the depths of pain, reminding readers of the fragile yet resilient nature of the human experience. Her words evoke a sense of hope that transcends even the darkest of times, urging readers to find strength in adversity.’, Saklani adds further.

Reviewing the collection of poems by Chinappa, he remarks, ‘Drawing from her rich experiences as a caregiver and speaker on gender issues, Chinappa’s poems reflect the struggles faced by women, honouring the unheard voices of marginalized communities. From addressing societal injustices to reflecting on the destruction of the environment, her poetry serves as a poignant commentary on the realities of the world we inhabit.’

‘Self-Love in a Harsh World’, one of Chinappa’s poignant verses, encapsulates the theme of resilience and self-acceptance amidst life’s imperfections. Through introspective musings, the poet learns to embrace her flaws and draw boundaries, finding empowerment in self-respect. Chinappa’s literary prowess shines through her ability to weave together themes of love, respect, and humanity with profound authenticity. Each poem in the collection is like a drop of rain falling into the parched earth, offering nourishment to the soul.

‘“If Only It Were Spring Everyday” is a testament to Chinappa’s unwavering commitment to storytelling and advocacy. Through her evocative poetry, she invites readers to contemplate the complexities of life while embracing the hope that spring is eternal.’, mentions Piyush in his review of Chinappa’s poetry collection.

Sonakshi Datta
Sonakshi Datta
Journalist who wants to cover the truth which others look the other way from.

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