Book Review: A bilingual anthology of poems which explores the hidden meaning of words
What are words? Words are the source of strength, the weapon which one can use to liberate and heal; words are magical, they can cast a spell on anyone who encounters them.
Words are the greatest form of supremacy for any human being who knows how to use them.
Anil Mandhani, through his book of poems, ‘Nishabd Mulakat: A Silent Meeting’ has showcased the power of positive words.
A hint of positivity and motivation can change someone’s life for better and this book is the greatest example of it.
The author has looked at aspects of life, which we miss out on our daily life perhaps.
This is a bilingual anthology of micro poems, or sometimes sentences, better known as ‘shayari’, which can act as food for thought for everybody.
The pictorial representation followed by the powerful sentences are both a visual as well as artistic pleasure for readers.
Each reader can feel the lines expressed by Mandhani and relate with their own experiences as well.
This is a book which you would love to flip through on your best and worst days, on your happy and gloomy days, on your days of success and failure.
‘Nishabd Mulakat: A Silent Meeting’ shall be your companion all the time.
The Hindi micro poems and their perfect English translation is the best part of the book since it can cater to a larger audience by breaking the barrier of only one language.
What is the essence of life? How would you define beauty? What is nature and its mysterious operations? What are the various phases of life?
All these facets have been beautifully handled by Mandhani.
The lucid and clear language is one of the strengths of this anthology.
‘Nishabd Mulakat: A Silent Meeting’ can easily win the hearts of many and also stay in their memory for a long time.
A few events need no description or explanation, a few incidents are complete in itself and perhaps that is the beauty of a silent meeting which the poet has grasped accurately.
Not only this festive season, but any time of the year, any moment of your life may be the right time to read this brilliantly composed collection.
(Reviewed by Sayantani Sengupta)