By Apala Bhowmick
Compiled by Soniya Kapoor and brought out by Artson Publisher House, From the Closet of the Heart is a collection of letters and short stories that can be categorized under the broad themes of confessional and closure. They are deeply personal, evocative, and extremely emotional.
There are love letters that were never posted, missives to former best friends, touching letters to a deceased parent, and letters addressed to lovers not yet found. Apologies, too, are included in this array of correspondence gathered from various young writers across the globe.
The good part is, should the reader enjoy the style of the piece, she can follow up on the particular writer’s other works on the writer’s blog or Instagram page, the addresses of which are provided in the author bio of each author after their letter.
The messages hold the power to touch one deeply in some repressed point in one’s psyche, and unearth a great deal of emotion in the ones who have experienced that specific nature of personal trauma. While Priyanka Naik writes to her future partner, lovingly cataloguing the qualities she would like him to possess; Kajree Gautom addresses a letter of absolution to her past self in a large-hearted attempt at self-love; and Aastha Mehra writes a letter to her mother expressing gratitude for having brought her up with so much love and generosity that it helped her grow into a kind human being herself.