Divan of Shah by Shah Asad Rizvi – Book Review

Thanking the author, Shah Asad Rizvi for sending me a free copy of the book, in exchange for an honest review.


Divan means a collection of poems. Divan of Shah represents an unconscious longing for union within. It is beautifully illustrated and a wonderful amalgamation of some of Shah’s brilliant work filled with the raw emotion of love as if he himself has spilled his heart onto a canvas and has painted love itself. Shah has tapped into the collective unexplored and perhaps his own realm of dreams.

The book meticulously presents so many aspects of love in specific detail which harkens one’s appreciation for love even more than before and some examples of love we may have taken for granted. It shows the limitless power and ways love presents itself and how it can change one’s life for the better or worse.

This one is a thoughtful collection of poetic lines that invites the reader into the dimension of love, which happens to be the idea of a reflective mirror having no color yet for all colors of the embodiment are reflected back.

My Review

I have reviewed so many books by so many authors from around the world, but this is my first ever poetry book to be reviewed.

Divan of Shah can be described as a collection of poems about love, longing for the lost love and wisdom about life. You just don’t have to read the poems in order, just open the book randomly and you will feel the power of the words washing over you.

On the other hand, speaking about the language of the poems, it is very simple and can be understood by anyone. Poetry is a way of expressing the feelings, ideas and thoughts to the reader. Therefore, it has to speak to the heart of the reader. If we use complicated words, it might be difficult for an average reader to understand it. Here in this poetry book, the author, Shah Asad Rizvi, has used his talent into simple words, where anyone can read and understand his work easily. This is one of the main reasons that I loved his work.

The themes spoke to my heart and “single”, “Plea of the heart”, “Each lifetime” and “waiting” are some of my favorite poems from the collection. You will feel that you can relate to these poems. It is just like reading your thoughts, which are struggling to come out. I would recommend this book, to anyone who likes to read something close to their hearts.

My Rating

4/5 Stars – Exceptional

That is all for today folks. I hope you enjoyed. Do not forget to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Until the next post,


Grown-up pose by Sonia Lalli – Book Review


Adulting shouldn’t be this hard. Especially in your thirties. Having been pressured by her tight-knit community to get married at a young age to her first serious boyfriend, Anu Desai is now on her own again and feels like she is starting from the beginning.

But Anu doesn’t have time to start over. Telling her parents that she was separating from her husband was the hardest thing she’s ever done—and she’s still dealing with the fallout. She has her young daughter to support and when she invests all of her savings into running her own yoga studio, the feelings of irresponsibility send Anu reeling. She’ll be forced to look inside herself to learn what she truly wants.

My Review

We meet our protagonist of the story, Anusha Desai, a woman in her thirties. She is an Indian who lives in Canada. Anu comes from a closely Knit, tight and cultural family. She falls in love with Neil and marries him. Now she has a beautiful daughter, Kanika. When time passes, Anu realizes that she is not happy with her husband, so she decides to get a divorce.

Later on she finds Ryan, a white man whom she falls in love with but in the middle of the story she understands, he is not the one for her. Now Anu is alone and she is desperate to find her true love.

The story is witty and amazing. I love the setting and how the cultural differences have been brought out. The cultural differences in the two countries bring about different challenges into the life of Anu. But, I was a bit disappointed with the protagonist, because I felt that she tend to run away from problems, rather than discussing them. Anu herself has created such massive problems in her life. If only she discussed them openly with her mother, or her husband, things would have been better.

This aspect actually affected on my idea about the book. The story felt a little tedious, and going in the same direction. Except for that, the rest of the story was amazing and simply loved how it ended.

My Rating

That is all for today folks. I hope you enjoyed this review. Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. Until the next post,

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