Even for those readers who look for perspective and outlook, Zeest-e-Zubaani has a lot to offer. It doesn’t shy from the ugly realities of life. For what is life, if not a journey rife with joy as well as pain. And if and when we learn to accept sorrows as part and parcel of it, life becomes much easier.
Rising Petals is a collection that is deeply profound, emotional, and yet also pragmatic. It is a book that makes you ponder, wonder, and reflect not just on the realities of today but also where we are headed as a society and as individuals.
Flowers in the Sunshine is a collection of 54 poems that all talk of different things and have varied themes. It is a collection that predominantly explores nature and its many wonders. Written lucidly, using rich and eloquent language, the poems are emotionally expressive.
Episodic poetry is a collection of 49 short poems and one thought, all of which are infused with much emotions and creativity. The poems in Episodic Poetry teach you a thing or two about life, love, legacy, dreams, aspirations, humility, and the world that we inhabit. They also make us aware of our own insignificant existence in the larger scheme of things.
Waves, Sand and Magic is for someone who is in love and wants to bask in the glory of that beautiful feeling. Read it slowly to embrace the words and their meanings carefully. Reflect on those words, pregnant with sentiments, and relish the after taste for as long as you like.
‘Looking Glass Self’ by Sivaranjani Viswanathan is a poetry compilation which consists of 40 poems. Just like the title, this book features numerous occurrences of metaphorical instincts that leave the reader amazed and muddled at the same time.
The poet approaches us vividly presenting some catching-images and those images draw our attention. The words and phrases used in the above poems: the churned-out-wet-face, the skeleton of cloud, the brink of death, promise-bound, the grave wreckage, to hide yourself from the recurring ruins madness, etc.
Ravi Kumar’s Kaagaz Ke Mahal is a book that speaks to your heart. With its soulful shayaris (शायरी) and witty shers (शेर), the book manages to impress the reader in no time.
The shayaris oscillate between contrasting themes of love and betrayal, hope and dismay, regret and gratitude.
With the subtlest of words, the shayaris in the book, Jo Tum Kaho have the ability to draw out the most intense of emotions from the deepest reaches of one’s heart.
The book is passionate, emotional and intense and this is something that inadvertently, makes it entertaining.
Dedicated to the only one who truly fathoms the meaning of love, Tell Tale Pug Tail and Everything Else is written for Grey’s 8-year-old pug “Nuts.” The book is a collection of 40 written pieces most of which are poems. It is highly interesting in its format for the pieces don’t follow a fixed form.
A diverse range of poems together form the book called Trials and Tribulations and it is rightfully titled because the poet Dr. Prajwal Kumar tries to convey the personal struggles and experiences that Life presents in front of every individual. It was fascinating to glimpse into the poet’s perception and view the World through his eyes.
Unlike many other poetry books that I read, If I am Born Again Lord Please does not include a lot of poems. It does have a couple of them but all the poems in this collection are connected. What makes this book stand out from other poetry books is that in this book, the poet uses 7 different poems (and a few illustrations) to tell us a story.