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Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite
Impressions: Short Letters by Ameya D. Pandit is an emotive and thought-provoking collection of short essays or letters regarding childhood, nature, and art. Though an engineer by trade, Pandit has always strived to investigate the finer aspects of life in his writings. His first book, Impressions, represents his studies in the magnificence that lives in and around us. A section mark separates each letter. Easily comparable to small nuggets of information, each letter is fewer than 15 sentences and should be read on its own to give it a moment to shine. Short and disjointed, each letter can be narrative, instructive, philosophical, engaging, and elevating. This collection is inspired by the author's personal experiences, whether it'd be some he has lived or merely imagined. Before each chapter, Pandit includes an intriguing introduction.
Ameya D. Pandit has made a stellar entrance into the publishing world with his new book Impressions: Short Letters. When I first read this book, I fell in love with how Pandit could take the most mundane situations and reveal a hidden depth that many miss. With each letter, I genuinely felt like I had to sit down and process his words as they kept me thinking of the hidden things I've missed. Pandit's description of a child's first words as his attempt to narrate the world makes me realize just why a parent would treasure it so much, even despite often being nonsensical words. In his letters, Pandit combines art and science so beautifully that they cannot be told apart from one another. Impressions: Short Letters has romanticized my life, and it has changed my perspective forever.