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.

Synopsis

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,

XOXOX

Grown-up pose by Sonia Lalli – Book Review

Synopsis

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,

Stay safe! Stay Blessed!!

XOXOX

Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain – Book Review

Synopsis

 

Death stalked the Vale.
In every corner, every whisper.
They just didn’t know it yet.

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good.

There’s just one problem.

Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.

My Review

(I listened to the audio book by Audible, narrated by Michele Moran, which was really great)

Olive Collins was found, three months after she had died. Set in a closed community living in Withered Vale, there are six families who hides their very own secrets. Police starts investigations on how the death of Olive occurred. It brings out a difficult time for all of the neighbours, which in the end, makes all of them reveal their hidden, dirty secrets.

Olive Collins have been in one way or the other, interfering in the lives of each of her neighbours and creating unpleasantness among them.  So i felt that most of them were glad in the end, that she was no longer alive to bring them more trouble, to their lives.

At the beginning of the book, you really do not get, the whole idea of what Olive is up to. You feel sad for her for living alone and suddenly found dead in her own house.  But once you start reading the story, when each member of these households starts to reveal their own circumstances, we understand the real character of Olive Collins.

Jo Spain has done a great job, in creating the setting, characters and the plot. Her unique and careful writing style reveals all these hidden secrets of each family in a methodical manner, that would not confuse the reader. It creates a sense of wanting to know more about what will happen next. Definitely arouses the curiosity of the readers. I pretty much enjoyed the last chapter, where Olive speaks on how she died. The characters in the story does not find the exact answer for this question, but the reader finds the answer.    In the end I felt, that Olive got what she deserved.

My Rating

four-stars-copy   4/5 Stars – Exceptional

Hope you enjoyed my review. Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Until the next post, Stay at home!! Stay safe!!

XOXOX

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