Evocative Reads
Sowmya Rajendran
THE COLOUR BOOK by Gita Wolf Tara Books, Chennai, 2014, 141 pp., 700
May 2014, volume 38, No 5

The Colour Book is mesmerizing. It invites you into a here-now, gone-now world that you dipped into happily as a child but which may have evaded you as a greying adult. A heady mix of poetry and science, The Colour Book evokes long-buried memories of the colours you once discovered. When did you know yellow was yellow? What does green remind you of? For Pietromarchi, colour can be experienced with all senses, not just seen through the eyes. Colour isn’t static. It changes, it has character, it is a red dragon, a brown snail, a black lion (my favourite of the lot)…it has many moods, too. A blue dawn is peaceful, but how do you make it an Angry Blue Dawn?

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