BOOK REVIEW - SHE AND OTHER POEMS BY HUMA MASOOD

 


The dedication says it all! To the frontline warriors of the pandemic and the Bravehearts providing us with essential services! Writer Huma Masood puts it poignantly:
“Although we face the same storm, some boats are rocked by larger waves. Some struggle, some inspiration.”

This book puts forth a few illuminating thoughts which help to light a candle in these trying times.

Four sections make up this volume consisting of poems that were mostly written during the #BlogchatterA2ZChallenge. What strikes the eye are the bright vibrant colours demarcating the sections and the striking illustrations within.

The first section titled ‘She’ deals with the freedom of a woman within the confines of her cage. When the mountains invite her, she is set to traverse the endless skies and the high domains. When she emerges, she looks ahead in anticipation towards “a universe where equity is favoured”.

Huma Masood’s poems are short, but hope-filled and resilient. Each poem ends on a particular note which is taken up in the next one. The progression of her thoughts is fascinating. She speaks of strong being the new beautiful. The world has evolved, and girls and women need to be strong and face their challenges bravely.

Yet, how difficult is it to be free in a patriarchal society? “Still milestones remain to be covered,” says the poet. There is no doubt that the security of women is the one milestone that needs to be put in place for a woman to be truly free, and for her to be empowered.

Section two is titled ‘Dilemma’ and moves into the realm of the dreaded COVID-19 virus, where a grieving nation strives to work together in solidarity to combat it, as people wear “masks instead of smiles”. Words like ‘quarantine’ and ‘vaccine’ have turned into the keywords of the hour.

It is time to use words judiciously, in a manner that heals and does not sting. These words are not hollow but leave an imprint in people’s hearts.

‘Inspired’, the next section, talks of how pressure brings out the best in many. In times of stress, move out on unexplored paths and travel to a place beyond your comfort zone where you can grow.  

Huma’s Masood’s poems hold a world within their depths, saying so much in so few words, both literally and metaphorically.

“Don’t give up.

Keep seeking.

Keep going.”

Fresh beginnings bring hope. A balance in life is required in all things. Life can be inspirational, and a dream, “a wildflower (that)/ Blooms where the soul dares to dare.”

The final section titled ‘Random Thoughts’ echoes Tennyson’s famous lines.

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new.”

Life experiences change attitudes along with changes in the world. Reading also aids one to change, and poets especially have the power to inspire and change the world. That is exactly why a volume of poetry like this one creates a spark when it comes along.

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Comments

  1. Thank you, Deepti. You have analyzed my book so well. I appreciate you taking the time to write this review. Have a wonderful day!

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  2. You're welcome, Huma. I enjoyed reading through your poems and analyzing them. It was a pleasure! Here's to more writing and many more books! Kudos!

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  3. This is such a beautifully crafted review. I am inspired to read the book now.

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  4. Thank you so much, Chinmayee, for the appreciation and for reading all my reviews so far! I am overwhelmed!

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