Blogchatter Book Review
Author: Nupur Maskara
Book Name: Insta Women, Dramatic Monologues by Drama Queens
Genre: Non fiction
No. of pages: 57
About the Author: Nupur Maskara is a poet, and a content creator who blogs at http://www.nutatut.com . She likes to write about culture, art and people. Her articles are short but pack a punch. She began her career in advertising and is now also into branding. This is not her first published work. She has also written a book in the previous edition of Blogchatter’s E Book carnival and it is a unique one too. It is Insta Gita, the Bhagavad Gita in poetry from Arjuna’s perspective, a must read like this one.
My review: I will begin with honesty, I do not understand poetry very well, especially ones with a lot of metaphors and such. Simple and straightforward stuff, and I am very much interested!
I picked up this book from among all the ebooks published this year by Blogchatter, primarily because it was in the non-fiction section just like mine (shameless plug for my book! Download your copy of Starlit Sky, if you have not yet done so! 😀 )
Insta Women is a selection of well compiled poems that are taken from the author’s A2Z blog challenge 2019. It is organised as short monologues as if mouthed by the women themselves about their respective struggles in their lives.
The book is divided into sections “Indian Queens with Steam”, “Herstorical Women”, “Feisty Feminists”, “Working Women with Verve”, “Sassy Sportswomen” and “Artists who lived their Art”.
I loved each of these poems because they made an instant connect to my heart by bringing these incredible women and their struggles and victories and dilemmas and grit live in front of my eyes. I felt each of them talking to me, telling me their stories and compelling me to think. Think about how much has changed since the times of these women and how much it still remains the same. Their struggles have made life easier for so many generations of women.
There are so many stories here of women that I never heard about. There have been many instances of me running to wikipedia after reading the poem to know more about them. For example, I had not heard of Begum Samru, the only catholic christian ruler of India who was immensely rich, nor had I heard of Emmy Noether, the mathematician whose work impressed Einstein. I learnt of Lucy Stone, the pioneer of free speech, Khutulun, the Mongol Warrior princess, and Artemisia Gentileschi, the 16th century painter and so many more.
Read this book, if only to appreciate the efforts of each of these women and marvel at their mental and physical prowess.
This is an un-put-downable-collector item of a book. Don’t miss this gem.