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

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