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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Philia and Sophia: The Book of Love and Wisdom by Nikitha Hingad is a collection of poems and haikus about love and wisdom. The names in the title mean love and wisdom. There are some well written poems here and they are very positive and inspiring. The book is split into the two sections of Philia and Sophia. Sophia goes into family and life in general as well as philosophy. Song of Love is a great poem - “Listen to my heart’s melody, Listen to the song, my love.” It is full of color and it is my favorite poem in the book. Couplet is another poem I enjoyed.
"If I can love you selflessly,
Then I can also curse you ruthlessly."
It is a very honest statement about love. In the Sophia section I thought that Incomplete was a good poem too.
Nikitha Hingad has compiled some great poetry in Philia and Sophia. There are several nice drawings included in the book, which bring it to life. I think these poems have been written by a young person as they are very idealised and hopeful. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You do read a lot of poems about heartbreak and despair, so this was a refreshing change. I think this book will be very marketable, especially to people of 25 and under. I think the author has real talent and a future as a poet.