Next time you draw
A picture of me
Please don't make it perfect
Because when you accept the flaws in me
You'll realize how much I'm worth it.
Anoushka Sharma avidly believes that poetry is a gift that transcends barriers across cultures, borders and all ages, and most importantly, brings people together.
In her first collection of poems and images, Sharma shares lyrical verse penned from her early childhood to present day that explores a variety of themes and subjects that include the beauty found in nature, the comfort of true friendship, the importance of embracing the true self, and the feelings unfelt and emotions unseen as a wanderer without a purpose drifts at sea. Included in her diverse collection are original illustrations that invite others to imagine, contemplate, and reflect on their own lives.
Hidden in Plain Sight shares images and reflections from a talented young voice in poetry that embrace the beauty of language and art and prove to all of us that life is just as spectacular as it is complex.
"Perspective can change everything. Anoushka's unique artistic perspective provides a thought provoking balm for the soul through a compelling blend of words and images. Her deeply evocative works are a refreshing new look at subjects that are relatable to everyone. Anoushka's powerful creative voice provides inspiration for examining ourselves and the rich experience of discovering the wider world."
--Tanya Vail, Art Educator, Fine Arts Department Chair for Chapin School, Princeton, NJ
"When my colleague, Dinesh Sharma, asked me to read his daughter's poetry book, I had no idea what I would discover therein. What an unexpected delight I found: a hidden treasure revealed before my eyes! Anoushka Sharma's anthology of poems, Hidden in Plain Sight, represents about five years of profound reflections written between the ages 8-13, in which one can follow the trajectory of her personaI development. This work offers both depth of consciousness and the vibrancy of the sensations and feelings of aliveness as a girl progresses through awakening to both herself and her full spectrum of experiences in life, experiences both within and without. Through the power of word, Anoushka finds her voice and discovers how to take flight in a world she learns can be both exhilarating and challenging, painful and inspiring. It speaks to the ways in which writing and poetry can unlock potential, empower and unleash awareness in today's youth--setting a tremendous example. This little gem is a great read for adults and children alike."
--C. Elizabeth Leach, poet and writer, consultant and Principal of Awareness Communications LLC
Anoushka Sharma is very mature for her age, and sees things many people don't. I want to keep reading her writing! It's so powerful that she is sharing what is in her heart and mind, and she is inspiring me to think and be more grounded. She is creating so much power through her words and pictures. We need people of her generation to continue to examine, question, and talk about what they see happening around them. She is a strong voice inspiring each of us to connect back to our sense of wonder and confidence to create change.
--Stephanie Hon Editor, REEL ROCK Film Tour New York, NYC