Poetry is not dead
“WOW!” That’s the one word review of Nishant Singh’s second book Shikayatein which was released this year by the Bigfoot Publications.
From the societal segment to the melancholic segment of love poems, Shikayatein serves the purity with which literature should be approached. Thirty out of thirty poems in this book reflect the honesty of emotions that the author might have experienced. As the introductory page of the book says, these are the poems which help you to let go of the unsettling emotions and silence the not-so-positive voices in the head.
Poems like Bheekh, Samajhdar, Tumhe Yaad Nahi, Kahaani, simply state the fact that poetry still exists in the form that we old school folks prefer. Attributing a part of his wisdom to Mirza Ghalib, Nishant has really created something which is worthy of being placed amongst the work of the greats like Sahir, Faiz, Dagh or Momin. Starting with “Kya keh ke gaye the, kya kar ke aaye hain, Ae zindagi lagta hai tujhpe mar ke aaye hain”, it won’t be a overstatement to say that the author has squeezed his heart out and then filled his pen with whatever came out of it.
It might take time for the generation of today to acknowledge one of the finest poetic works of recent times-t but as Shikayatein keeps getting more readers, it will emerge as the best in a league of its own.
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