Moon Child by Rushali Mukherjee : Beautiful and a little flawed, just like the moon

Updated: Dec 19, 2020

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.” — William Wordsworth


I am not someone who would stare at the moon every night, but I acknowledge the signs. Moonchild made me look at the moon for a while. The moon was beautiful that day. And a little flawed, of course.




Moon Child by Rushali Mukherjee is fresh, emotional & nostalgic. It took me back to my teenage years when I was naive and carefree. It made me feel homesick about the juvenile self when everything was raw, without any filter - my words, my feelings, even my battles. Honestly, everything seemed like a battle in those years. Now I choose things wisely, at the cost of losing people and sometimes some precious moments. But those were the days of being a rebel, of wanting things my way. Those were the days of not letting things go. Parallelly, those were the days of learning out of experiences. Moonchild follows that phase of my life. Inexperienced. I was so unprepared for the world that was to come.


Keep the hope alive in your heart

It is the softest form of rebellion


Moonchild is a courageous take on love & longings of all the kinds and some consequences of living a life. The book has poems on different themes accompanied by gorgeous illustrations. The free verses follow the simple flow. Read word by word, and you will understand, maybe in your way, but you will understand. Some lines have multiple meanings, and I loved it because it gives my grey cells a little stimulation.


My reading experience would have been even better if some poems were a little crisp and with an added depth. Also, some lines were repetitious in negligible amounts. I wouldn't call this book a masterpiece but a great attempt to bring emotions to life. The message is delivered. The book speaks to the reader in many ways. It's beautiful and somewhat flawed, just like the moon I saw that day.


Overall, my reading experience was good. It’s a short and quick book, but I take time to absorb poetry and draw different meanings of the same poems so it took me a while to read it.


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