One of the many rules I have lived by for most of my life is to follow my dreams and never give up. There will always be people that love to bring you down, clip your wings and watch you struggle. It is up to you dear reader whether you continue to soar to new, brighter heights or give up after one fall because you’re afraid of possibly crashing again. The choice is always yours.
Today on the blog I am reviewing Petit à Petit (Published by Notion Press 21 Mar. 2020) By Ambica Uppal. I have previously reviewed Uppal’s poetry before which you can read here.
Petit à Petit
Petit à Petit is a collection of simple and inspiring poetry that motivates one to dream and change the narrative of their lives. It assures you that tomorrow will be a better day and encourages you to realise your potential and achieve your aspirations. Petit à Petit is centred on themes like self-love, self-confidence and taking life into your own hands.
No matter how far-away and impossible your dreams seem, don’t be afraid to reach for them.
About The Author
Ambica Uppal is an Indian – Canadian writer. Born in Aizawl, an eastern city of India. Her father was in the Indian Army and as such every couple of years, she moved with her family from one city to another. This fostered the ‘nomadic tendencies’ in her. She has now lived in over ten cities around the world and traveled to more than forty countries. Moving every few years while growing up, writing accorded the much needed support before she could acculturate herself in her new environment.
Today her writings are manifestations of what she feels while experiencing things around her and poetry is just one such form in which she likes to express herself.
Petit à Petit is a collection of poetry that encourages the reader to follow their dreams and to never give up. The book is spilt into five sections, Petit à Petit, The Magic That You Hold, Look Within, Bloom, and Dream On. The themes centre around self-care, self-love, and knowing that you are good enough. Each poem is glowing with bright, shiny positivity. It is a much needed fresh breath of air that shows the reader to stop overthinking, putting themselves down and to listen to their heart.
The poems are brief encounters of supportive, encouraging advice that Uppal has honestly written. They tell of girls wearing capes, saving the day and changing the narrative. To keep going no matter what life throws at you and believe in yourself. Each poem motivates the reader and gives them hope to achieve their dreams as Uppal believes in them.
Uppal shows the reader a world where there are more colours than black and white, to give the gift of freedom and seek love within yourself. These are powerful messages she sends to the reader which makes them sit up and take notice of the direction their life is heading.
These poems also question the consequences of not giving our dreams wings. Asking the reader did we even live and why did we just give up, was it really worth it in the end? Uppal shows the reader that they can start any time, to not fear others and to stop overthinking. No one knows you like you do. Life is too short to live in fear of yourself, so be proud and make your dreams a reality. It sounds easier than it looks, but trust me, it will be worth it in the long run.
One thing I learned from these poems was that we, as people need to be kinder to each other. To stop with the negativity and pulling of others down in order to jump ahead. We should be happy for one another’s achievements and express gratitude for what we have today. It is such a simple, small thing to do that causes shockwaves of encouragement and reassurances. The act of kindness goes such a long way towards a self-rewarding, healthy way of life.
I give Petit à Petit By Ambica Uppal a Four out of Five paw rating.
Inspiring poetry that will encourage any reader to follow their dreams and give themselves some much needed self love. These poems are perfect for anyone who has lost their way and needs a little help reigniting the fire from an extinguished flame.
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