Collection of Chaos by Tikuli: A Review


“The poems in this book were born from the swirling chaos that was my life a few years ago.” Tikuli


I have been an ardent admirer of poets, people who can string words to form miracles in the form of poetry and verses, for as long as I can remember. I have read probably hundreds and thousands of verses. I have cried, I have laughed, I have winced with them in pain whenever they have touched my soul. Collection of Chaos is one such book that has affected me deep within.

Tikuli’s poems sucked me in from the very first line, it awakened a sense of reality and a delusion at the same time. It has a haunting quality to it. Each word chosen to express is magnificent. The words blend into lines to form emotions, which are straight from the heart.

Kris Saknussemm in the foreword praises Tikuli appropriately by saying “As with all the poets I most admire, words are living things for Tikuli. But as you will come to discover, they are never deployed for their own sake. She uses them to tell stories. The images, scenes, characters and fragments of visionary empathy that you will find in this book are all rooted in her native India—and yet they reach out far beyond national and cultural boundaries. They do so because they have an interior cohesion of spirit.”


Here are some of my favourite lines from her collection.

“…In her vacant eyes

an abstract dream of

four walls and roof

She steps carefully onto

the scaffolding of the building

lust filled eyes follow her

She trades her body

night after night, a double shift

for a single shift’s pay…”


She plays with the words like a master craftsman, creating one masterpiece after another. The poems are mostly in free verse and Tikuli makes use of it suitably. Each poem has its own story to tell, there are not just mere verses depicting the abstract, each line has a meaning, every word has a tale hidden underneath.

“At dawn

I gather the scent of the night jasmine

And with it

The scent of you

Encased between the white

And the vermilion”

Her poems have a mystical element to it, a melancholic air hangs throughout the collection. It is like a reflection of the poet’s mind, it is as if she wrote the exact lines she was feeling deep within. Thus every line feels real and not forced.

“Under the spell of your silence

My words become luminous

Radiate from the centre out


They whirl and whirl

In sacred ritual love”

I am not going to dissect the collection on the basis of the technical aspects of structure, connotation, simile, metaphor, allegory, symbolism and what not! This is not my high school analysis poetry analysis, this is a review of poetry by an admirer of the magic of words.

Pick up a copy today if you love poetry, that is written in the poet’s blood and sweat. These poems in all its rawness are a collection of gems.

First published in 2014 by Leaky Boot Press

If you want to know more about Tikuli and her work follow her blog: http://www.tikulicious.wordpress.com

To know more about Collection of Chaos/ amazon link/ further reviews click on the following link: http://www.tikulicious.wordpress.com/collection-of-chaos


Please Note: This is not a paid review, the views expressed are entirely my own.


3 comments on “Collection of Chaos by Tikuli: A Review

  1. Thank you so much Rhiti for this lovely review of my book. Deeply appreciate it.

  2. […] Do read the full review at – Collection of Chaos by Tikuli – A Review   […]

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