Saudade: Is there light at the end of the tunnel by Megha Jain

Book Review by Indu Balakrishnan

When your friend publishes a book, and you have a blog site writing book reviews, you automatically have a duty as a friend to talk about it. But when your friend writes words that must be shared with the public, and you can’t wait to post the review, the story takes an absolutely delightful turn. 

Presenting Megha Jain’s Saudade: Unfiltered emotions at their best. If you are looking for sunshine and rainbows, you can leave this page right now. But if you wonder how people go through so much and yet come out beaming and cheerful with full of hope, this is one you should read. 

Saudade

/saʊˈdɑːdə/

noun

  1. (especially with reference to songs or poetry) a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament.
  2. “her songs are based on love poems and evoke a melancholy known to the Portuguese as Saudade”
  3. is a deep emotional state of nostalgia or profound melancholic longing for something or someone one cares for and/or loves. 

Megha Jain has been through a lot. And it shows in the book. Her experiences. The hurt. The heartbreak. The health issues that hit her like a truck. 

The pain in some of the words that Megha shares can hit you like that as well. 

Sometimes I wish I should have walked away. Any one of the million times I said I would and saved myself. “

In dog years, we had a lifetime. In human years, a handful of broken souvenirs that I will have to carry as baggage for the rest of eternity.

Megha wishes to tell her readers that being sensitive and emotional is alright. If you are hurt, and someone does not understand it, it is their bad, not yours. It is not for you to justify your feelings or hide it because it is not being received well. Be you. And be proud of it. Everyone has a burden, and it’s up to them to decide how they should handle it. Not how society expects them to. 

Saudade is a collection of prose and poetry written over the years. It describes an emotional state of longing for a better place—happiness of the kind that is in the past or may never exist again. 

If you are looking for a few melancholy words for catharsis, this is what you need!

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