Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Review of Life is the Flower Love is the Honey


Kindle edition   

No of pages : 133

       Published on 21st August 201
       ASIN B07FZXL5Q5

Booklinks : Goodreads  Amazon 

Author's links : Goodreads Amazon  a

My take 
Even though the length of the title astonishes me I am taken away by the compelling words LIFE FLOWER LOVE AND HONEY. I am very much inclined with avidity to read the book at one go. The cover also suits me to enter into it with lots of hope and I am satisfied.

Life is the Flower, Love is the honey “ by Surabhi Sharma is a fabulous love story of Shubh and Monica.

It is a story of love, breakup, joy, passion, pain, and success.

Handsome Shubh is a devoted shutterbug not by chance but by choice and his passion for becoming a nature photographer proves that his first love is a camera.  In our society parents dominate children to go by their words rather than they follow their ambition when it comes to choosing one's career. Shubh has chosen to obey them and get employed in a company.

In an art gallery, he meets Monica a beautiful charming girl. At first sight, she develops a love for Shubh. As far as she is concerned her parents identify her acumen for painting and they encourage her to follow what she aspires to do. She becomes a great artist. Zuni is her friend and she helps her run the show.

The social drama goes further to unfurl the first love of Monica.  The rest of the story deals with the true love that blossoms between Shubh and Monica and how she helps him to bring his dreams to reality.

The wonderful book carries two parts: one brings the nuggets of wisdom in the form of messages targeting the youth serving as a self-help book for a happy life. The powerful notions and words would definitely make a great impact in the reader's mind.  

The language is simple, direct and honest. It gives a seamless read. The narrative prose takes a lot for talking about the passion, vision, and mission of the MCs. in their pursuit of goals.

The pace is even not dragging or fast.

My favorite

I like both the protagonists Shubh and Monica for their work and the dedication and devotion would enthrall you. Also, I admire Zuni as a thoughtful and close friend of Monica.

These philosophical words impress me a lot

Life is for love and love is for the soul.

Let life celebrate having you. Let death dread to take you.

A dream brings out the best in you. A dream should start with your heart and end in your mind.

You need to feel the happiness inside and that is truly living.

When things go awry, count on your blessing.

Today is the best day of your life and you have the power to turn it that way.

What I feel.

 Supportive characters are not given due weight. Dialogues can be improved to give a formal look.    

The storyteller in the authoress makes the reading a nice one.

Simple language and the decent story make you finish the book in 4 to 5 sittings. It is not only a good read but also a must read by the youth for all the good messages it carries.

I recommend this book to every teenager and youth searching for love stories and the millenniums should read this book for the motivating and inspiring soul-centric words. 

Score: 3/5

Sunday, 7 October 2018


Truth Quote: Whoever is careless with the truth in...

TRUTH TRIUMPHS   ALWAYS. Even though we are 100% sure of this wise quote we utter lies now and then without any thoughtfulness. For trivial matters, we tell lies. We don’t bother about the consequences. We look at others eyes and our body language is so perfect to feign to establish our lies.

On seeing the play depicting the life of Harichandra the iconic personality who loved and lived a life of truthfulness and because of that he lost his kingdom Gandhi decided to follow the path of truth. There are many people who espouse the Father of the nation,Mahatma Gandhi try to be true to their conscience and avoid telling lies at any cost.

Let us meet some funny situations where lies are frequent and unwanted.
Suppose a  student goes on leave and he gives the following reason.
‘My grandma died’
The class teacher would ask  how many grandmothers he  has got so that he can prepare himself to hear the same reason in the future,

Another situation wherein  one of  my colleagues uses to give the reason for his absence 
‘A dog has bitten him.’
He would tell the reason many a time he has got the nickname DOG BITE (nai kadi in Tamil) We would make fun of him one  day he would bite a dog.

In our life, we won’t tell the truth sometimes assuming that lying  at the given circumstance is not harmful.

In our office, one day a person came and asked about my buddy who was working in another section. I called him over the phone and told him about the person who wanted to meet him. On seeing him my buddy went into the bathroom and didn’t turn up at all. That person after waiting for some time  went away. When my buddy returned I asked him why he was afraid of him. He lied he owed some amount to him.

Next day my buddy stayed in his room and told me to tell a lie-if the same person comes we have to tell him he has gone out of the station. As told by him we also lied to him when he came again.

My buddy kept himself locked in his room and didn’t come out. When the person came again I asked him the fact. Actually, he is a marriage broker and my buddy has agreed to a proposal after meeting the girl suggested by him. All in his family are satisfied and only he is dodging for the marriage.

I consult with my buddies and on their suggestion, we have contacted his father. When I tell the truth to him his father has got shocked and requested us to convince him for the marriage. Then we have hatched a plan We have requested his father to send a message that he was not feeling well and he wanted to meet him. 

On seeing the message my buddy’s face has gone red and we have asked why he is upset. He has showed the message consoling him we have said we would accompany him to his hometown. When we have gone there we are taken to someone's house where there is a big crowd.

So many arrangements have been made for the betrothal function. The marriage broker is there and my buddy puts up a sorry figure in front of us. His parents have told about the programme and said that the bride’s family members want to have the same fixed on that day. On sensing the situation my buddy cannot do anything and we 've also coaxed him to agree for the marriage.He has understood we are  all behind this drama and has given his consent.

What has started with a lie has to end due to another lie.

Money, fortune, and fame are,by nature ephemeral and we should not resort to telling lies for the sake of them.       

When we have got love. and affection, the truth would prevail..  
This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’ 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Review of SHAHRYAR A life in poetry


No of pages :230

Published by HarperCollins Publishers India

Published on 25th August 2018

Booklinks: Goodreads Amazon  

Author's links Goodreads Amazon 

Genre: Nonfiction Biography

You have sold the ink of the night
To the morning
You will be punished someday
For the devastation you have wrought

My  take
I thank Rakhshanda Jalil and Harper Collins Publishers India for having sent me the book.

For fans of literary work it is a great blessing to come upon a biography in English on Shahryar a great poet in Urdu ,one of the most important voices in contemporary Indian poetry(1936-2012). Now how s that blurb introduces him.would you be able to ignore when the subtitle is  A LIFE IN POETRY? Probably not. So couldn'n t I.

When I have received the book from the Publishers Harper collins. co.in. I find the reading an amazing experience. Whether for knowledge or wisdom you can blindly pick this book up and be amazed.

The Plan
Both the soft and hardcover with the image of Shahryar put in a majestic manner and the subtitle are appealing.The book has got 2 sections In section 1 there are 4 chapters. The third chapter speaks about Ghazals and the fourth one about Nazms. The second section comprises a selection of poems, Bibliography, Index, and acknowledgments

The authoress introduces the book  as follows.:


Shahryar ‘s official date of birth is 16 the June 1936.Born in a family of Lalkhani Rajput Muslims.After his primary education, he joined city school in Aligarh. Where he got Urdu as a medium of education.He passed his BA in 1958 and from the final year, he started writing poetry.He completed his MA in Urdu in 1961.He obtained his Ph.D also.

He wrote his own kind of poetry and make a name for himself .The book goes on to give the versions of critics about his poetry and his love for the language Urdu and life.There are so many references to praise  his acumen in writing  poems to the delight of all.Due to the influence of the small leftist group lead by Munibur Rehman, he was considered by campus leftists as a fellow traveler.
Like this many references are made about his social life and the impact on his poetry.

Rakhshanda Jalil has covered all the facets of his life which include The Progressive Writer's Movement and modernism. How he has excelled creating ghazals, nazms and film lyrics is well depicted by her. She has noted explanations in the foot notes for the ready referencer of the readers. The authoress has translated the writings of the poet. Both Urdu and English versions they are given for the benefit of the Urdu speaking readers also. 

The Pro

The language of the book is easy and fluid. Like I stated earlier, it is full of wit and wisdom. The book has value and engaging through the book.The writing style is also breezy and delicate and brings out the best of the authoress .I personally cherished the book.

The authoress observations in this book are so comprehensive and well supported that her serious study must take into account and her conclusions are athentic.
Cover photo by Siddiq Ahmed Siddiqi, Tittle calligraphy by Nikheel Aphale , Cover design by Studio Em&En are nice.   

My favorite

 The following  ghazals, and nazms attract my attention.

I am seeing my face in your eyes

Is it a whim, or a dream.

You are so close to me

I am so far from you.

No one is big or small: the mirage belongs to everyone

Everyone is thirsty alike, everyone is equal. 

Between you and me

There’s nothing but lust

Meet me somewhere one day

Away from your body.

About art 

The primary function of any art form is to surprise; it is the most magical effect that art can produce.

Quality of a poet 

A poet must reach the greatest number of people.

 Best criticism from his well wishers 

His poems had bare, simple, sincere words coming from the heart that touched the heart.

Sir Syed’s advice was: Bring your work even closer to nature. The extent to which a work comes closer to nature is the extent to which it gives pleasure.

Good poetry can indeed make the reader feel 'I could have said this 'or This is exactly how I feel. 

 My verdict

The authoress brings a scholar's care to many facets  of this biography. Her primary source research is thorough, and she has uncovered some interesting material regarding his strengths and achievements.

This book should remain robustly alive as long as readers are fascinated by the magic of Gazals and nazms and film lyrics.. Those unacquainted with the book should read it. 

Overall, this book  is a pleasant read and I will recommend it to people who are looking for a well crafted non-fiction biography about a great poet.

 Score: 5/5

 Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of the book from M/S HarperCollinsIN. This is  my unbiased and honest review.  I have not received any monetary compensation for the same . 

Review of Life is the Flower Love is the Honey

Kindle edition    No of pages : 133        Published on 21st August 201        ASIN B07FZXL5Q5 Booklinks : Goodreads  ...