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Because All is Not Lost by Sweta Srivastava Vikram: Book Review
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By Reader Views
Published on 09/21/2010
 
We have all lost a dear one at some point in our lives. Grief, depending on the relationship with the one deceased, affects us differently. I feel my Dada and Mausi’s absence every single day for disparate reasons. But these two losses have taught me that their time had come. And that life is about celebrating those alive and not just mourning those who have moved on. Optimism and faith are the keys to overcoming the roadblocks life puts in our way. "Because All is Not Lost," by author Sweta Srivastava Vikram, tries to state that there is always hope for anyone coping with grief. No one can tell us exactly how; the voyage has to be undertaken by each of us individually.

Because All is Not Lost by Sweta Srivastava Vikram: Book Review
Modern History Press (2010)
ISBN 9781615990467
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (08/10)

Loss of a loved one is evident; it’s just part of living. Emotions rise, feelings are tested, and thoughts wander.  Sweta Srivastava Vikram takes her inner experiences and transforms them into fluid words in “Because All is Not Lost.”

Vikram’s creative wordsmithing is a joy in itself:

We talk.  Grandma and I.  She delivers flakes
of snow and cupcakes of hope
with the ceaseless wind,
in the shape of her stories.

or:

Loss, like the seeds
on strawberries,
is littered everywhere,
drowning
faith in its pulp.

Sometimes dark, however poignant in nature, "Because All is Not Lost" touches the heart and soul.  Each piece offers inner reflection and gives the reader an opportunity to make peace with his or her own feelings.  I admire Vikram’s ability to transform her inner thoughts into such moving works of word art.