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Friday, September 3, 2010

Sweta Srivastava Vikram's Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors

It is said that the human eye can identify approximately 10 million different shades of color. Yet how we perceive color depends upon our subjective experiences as well as the wavelength of light. It is no wonder then that Sweta Srivastava Vikram's Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors uses a dazzling spectrum as a meeting point between reader and poet to share the most intimate and human of experiences. Each poem captures authentic emotion that makes Sweta's words so accessible to the modern reader. Essentially, Kaleidoscope is a marriage of ideas and moments that whisper its punch lines and allows the brevity of language to carry the full emotional impact long after the poem has finished.

From a young girl's charming innocence (When daddy tells me grandpa is a star in the sky....I take out my Wonder woman transport..., and ride through optimism to bring him back) to a middle aged woman's defiance (colour me red), this chapbook is the dazzling display of a poet who teases us with fresh imagery and delicate linguistic craftsmanship.

The result is a stunning array of 19 poems that transcends the singularities of ethnic identity.Published by
Modern History Press, Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Color is available from the Ingram Book Group and New Leaf Distributing, Betram's books and of course at Amazon.


  1. On behalf of Sweta and myself, thank you for your kind and generous words!

    Victor R. Volkman, Senior Editor
    Modern History Press

    P.S. As always be sure to let us know if you are interested in other titles by MHP or our parent

  2. Excellent review. A must for every individual & institutional libraries.