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Suitable boy, unsuitable poet? Mixed reviews for Vikram Seth's Summer Requiem

Trinaa Prasad | Updated on: 7 October 2015, 13:01 IST

Padma Shri award winner Vikram Seth charmed our socks off with his 1993 book, A Suitable Boy. Seth has written six books of poetry and three novels, but somehow it's only A Suitable Boy, and its upcoming sequel, A Suitable Girl that hog all the limelight.

Anyone who could manage to work through the novel's 1,349 pages knows that the author deserves a decorated spot on bookshelves.

Seth's book Summer Requiem comes 15 years after his last book of poetry. A news publication presented a few excerpts from the book of poetry and it has sent social media into a bit of a tizzy.

Seth loyalists love it, while others refuse to believe that these verses have been written by the same man who gave us The Golden Gate and A Suitable Boy.

Here's an excerpt:

Vikram seth

Those who were not okay with this debate altogether:

Those who didn't care what the issue was as long as Vikram was trending:

Those who loved the poems:

Those who suffered from the what-did-we-just-read syndrome:

First published: 7 October 2015, 13:01 IST
 
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