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,


Roses and Thorns – Poems by Hasanthi 01

Hello Booklovers!!!

Roses and Thorns is the newest addition to my blog. I have started to write poetry and I thought of sharing them with you all. Whenever I feel that I have written a good piece I will share it in my blog.

Roses and Thorns is about love, hatred, betrayal, pain, anger and passion. If I put it in a simple way, it is all about human emotions. All the ideas written in the poems are my own.

I hope you will enjoy ………..


I still Wonder……

by Hasanthi Navaratne

I still wonder….

If things are the same between us.

I still wonder….

If you think of me,

When you are isolated and being consumed by your own thoughts.


I still wonder…..

Every minute, every hour of my day,

what you might be doing.

If you are happy or sad.

I still wonder….

If you can still feel the warmth and love, that we carried in our hearts.



Sometimes I wonder if is worth, to wonder about all this.

Battling and struggling with my own thoughts.

I wonder….


You are worth all this fight……………


I hope you enjoyed. Do leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. I really appreciate it.

Hoping to meet you with another Roses and Thorns session soon.



The seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

If you have been with my blog for sometime, you might already remember that I so badly wanted to read this book. Finally I was able to listen to the wonderful audio version of the book, which was amazing. Here is my review.



Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means–and what it costs–to face the truth.

My Review

I was mesmerized by the story. It took me several days to complete the book. I am still a bit confused, on how to gather my thoughts to write a review about the story. We meet the protagonist  Evelyn Hugo, where she is ready to share her luxurious and scandalous life, her forbidden love to an unknown magazine reporter, Monique Grant. 

It is unbelievable how Evelyn started her career as an actress and her incredible sacrifices. I was genuinely astonished about her strong character, courage and will-power. It takes plenteous courage, for a woman to be as strong as she is.

The story relates to us about her earlier life, all about her seven husbands and her daughter. Nonetheless, it was not much accepted for one woman to love another woman, she takes the shot in the dark of loving Celia St. James.

The story touched a deeper place in my heart, because I felt for all the characters in the story. It was a wonderful plot, with carefully created characters, full of drama and revelations.

The only predicament that bothered me was, sometimes Evelyn was in extremes. That is the only reason I gave the book  one star less rating. Nevertheless, it was an amazing story about a strong woman and her hard life.

My Rating

four-stars-copy (4/5 Stars) Exceptional

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Until next post,