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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite
Enlightenment by Raminder Bajwa is a book of poetry mainly about love. Romantic love, spiritual love, love of country, love of God, finding love, losing love. Raminder Bajwa's lyrical verses take us on an enchanting journey along pathways which we may find hauntingly familiar. Through the poet's eyes, we see a fresh new world sparkling with enticing possibilities. Using simple but urbane language, he ponders on the joy, the troubles, and the fears that surround our personal relationships. He urges us to find God, but not through any of the organised religions, rather to find the God within ourselves. His powerful poem 'Stop Now' observes the multitude of atrocities committed in the name of religion and contains the lines: "What fool wrote those books that decimate God's creation? In the name of religion millions killed. The count goes up unabated. Oh religious man, at least now stop and say you're satiated."
There are verses on the 9/11 and Paris atrocities where he asks us not to compare the monsters with animals as this simply serves to denigrate the latter. But there are also uplifting verses of hope and encouragement - the poem 'Every Time I Fail' contains the lines "Experience and tenacity I have the knack. Every time I fail, I just keep coming back." Neither does Raminder shy away from observations on the hereafter. His poem 'The Other Side' contains a spiritually uplifting vision which, taken together with the other poems which make up this collection, creates a rounded and optimistic view of modern life in general.
Enlightenment is the second book of poetry I have had the privilege to review by this author and, like the first, I have much enjoyed the experience. Raminder Bajwa's voice is like a cool breeze wafting gently over our fevered brows as we struggle through our increasingly complex and demanding daily lives. Never arch or pretentious, his verses are moving and, most importantly, accessible. I congratulate Raminder on another fine volume of poetry.