27-year-old writer Nishant Singh released his second poetry book Shikayatein in July 2022. A collection of 30 poems of different genres and format, Shikayatein encompasses a multitude of human emotions.
Starting with a retrospective take on one of the darkest times in Indian history- the second wave of pandemic, the book transitions seamlessly into the slice of life section and then eventually to the romance section which narrates a heartbreaking yet empowering saga of love. What’s worth a mention is the impeccable finesse visible in every poem of every section. Our personal favourite poems from Shikayatein are ‘Bojh’, ‘Aur Acha Tha’, ‘Dhandhe Insaan’, and the penultimate poem of the love section ‘Tumhe Yaad Nahi’, a poem that tastefully narrates a love story and concludes itself with an uplifting poetic justice.
Overall, this book is a must read in 2022 as Nishant emerges as one of those authors in this era who are striving to not just maintain but also glorify the sanctity of Hindustani literature. In his first book- Sailab (2021)- the author leaves the book incomplete, promising to come back halfway to take it forward and that is one promise that has been fulfilled by him in full glory.
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