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Book Review: Outbloom by Musafir Asmani

Outbloom by Musafir Asmani is an engaging short book of around 10 poems. In the collection most of the poems are long yet meaningful. In a true sense, the book is divided into two parts: other poems vs. a poem on poet’s grandmother (Shrimati-Prabhavati). That poem on grandmother captures the lifestyle, rituals, and philosophy of an old woman in perfect harmony. The poet had inseparable bonding with his grandmother. In simple words, it’s a tribute to her.

Talking about other poems, the poet explored the various struggle and circumstances of life. In most outstanding words, the poems suggest the poet’s delicate youth tenure where he went through a farrago of emotions, based on his observation. However, the poet is optimistic about life and talks about ‘blossoming emotions.’ The first poem ‘Within’ talks about self-worth. Written in engaging manner, the poem is a motivational stuff as it encourages one to embrace the power of self-belief and much more.

The next poem, ‘Then’ throws one into good old days of young and carefree life. The tone of this poem is so engrossing that it can sway any one, at first read. This poem specializes in seeking those moments when one was not perfect but enjoying the thrills thrown by life. It is a refreshing poem and is capable of making one young again. This poem shuttles between inner voice and the fake societal parameters.

Rumor is the poem that shuns the taboos and beliefs of the society and the world at large. It is like an iconoclast expressing himself in an unequivocal voice. This poem very much expresses the current scenario of the contemporary world.

In the collection, there is a tone of subtle aggressiveness. The poet is exploring himself but at the same time also lamenting the world that wants him to see living a different life. The entire book is built around emotions – how to control them – how to outpace everyone – how to live deftly and so on. Most of the poems are long, and if read twice or thrice, they can resurface with great underlying meaning.

Musafir’s writing style sees no taming or intimidation, it’s a riverine flow. This collection of heartfelt and soul-stirring poems is here to leave you stunned with its naïve charming influence. If you got a huge poetic side, embrace and treasure it for your use and dose.

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