Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Girl and the Goddess by Nikita Gill.
‘A mesmerising poetic tale following one girl’s wild journey of strength, beauty and self-discovery, told with lyrical wonder and spiritual revelation by one of the UK’s most popular poets.’
About the Author
Nikita Gill is a British-Indian writer and artist living in the south of England. With a huge online following, her words have captivated hearts and minds all over the world. Nikita is an ambassador for National Poetry Day and is a regular speaker at literary events. Her previous works include Fierce Fairytales and Great Goddesses. The Girl and The Goddess is her first novel.
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About the book
Meet Paro. A girl with a strong will, a full heart and much to learn. Born into a family reeling from the ruptures of Partition, follow her as she crosses the precarious lines between childhood, teenage discovery and realising her adult self all while navigating different cultures, religions and identities.
Returning to her core themes of feminism, healing and mythology in her most powerful and personal work yet, Nikita’s masterful poetry, along with her beautiful hand-drawn illustrations, taps into the rich well of Hindu mythology, conjuring up jasmine scented voices and ancestral smiles as Paro confronts fear, desire and the very darkest parts of herself in the search for meaning and empowerment.
It’s the story of Paro, a girl who struggles with living her truth and the fear of being rejected because of it. The difficulty of having to live life by the rules of one culture, whilst simultaneously adhering to another. Torn between two worlds, which automatically creates a sort of split identity.
It’s no wonder there is confusion, despair, pain, hurt and anger in the words. There is also fear of treading into the unknown, of guaranteed responses that will turn the world she knows into an unbalanced surface full of eggshells.
Gill’s work wanders from poetry and intermittent short flash fiction like moments, and is enhanced by beautiful illustrations. She uses mythology to connect to the humanity and reality of her life, and the world in general. Drawing comparisons between the religious deities and mythology she grew up with to find a loophole of comprehension and acceptance.
The question is whether it should be from those people she seeks it from so desperately or is it just a matter of accepting her own self. Her emotions, the attractions she feels, and the search for some semblance of inner peace.
It’s a fascinating combination of written and drawn art. Words often delivered in short bursts and then at times in moments of nostalgia they are longer, which is countered by the stories of mythology.
Buy The Girl and the Goddess and Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher Ebury Press: pub date 1st October 2020 | Hardback | £12.99. Buy at Amazon com. Buy via Hive. Buy via Bookshop.org