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Book Review: Pearls of Poesy by Dr. Samir Kumar Hui

‘Pearls of Poesy’ is a sublime yet pragmatic collection of poems written by by Dr. Samir Kumar Hui. The book offers up to 100 poems, the collection is not a brand of common thematic prose, rather it sheds light on many societal stigma and other issues. A close look reveals that the poet is not critical of everything, instead through his delicate and purposeful poems, he raises his voice and shows that he cares for the people bereaved of love, discordant section of the society, poor, suppressed and distraught. And above all, his creativity streak in the poems appeals for a peaceful livable world, free from riots and wars and prejudices.

Dr. Samir is successful in weaving a tapestry of emotional outburst, inner flame, and unbridled longings. There are poems on illusion, loneliness, vagaries of life and many common aspects but readers will mainly identify with the themes like peace, humankind, compassion, freedom and so on.

The opening poem ‘A Terrible Morning’ is an ironical piece of work on the sudden turn of events that has the power to change fate forever. It is about the sudden death of daily wage workers that renders their children orphan in an instant. This poem explores the cruelty of fate and the shame of our society as how it is going to treat the children without parents. Similarly, there is one poem about HIV. A child has been infected. He is not at the fault…but he has to bear the consequences of other’s sins.  

It means the poet has a great awareness about his surrounding and the events happening all around. Quite naturally, in most of his poems, he talked about the misery of peace and asked repeatedly why the world is indulged into activities that destroys the chances of peace and brings distractions, ruin and misfortune.

At one point, the book concerns the voice of contemporary issues happening in India. For instance, poems like Shahin Bagh, Freedom 1 & 2 pinpoints the futility of NRC and CAA bill. Besides, the book also levels up for the rights and voice of women with many poems built around them, which discuss their plight and pain.

The collection is poignant in depicting many a voice that needs immediate attention. Also, it may feel that poetry is a form of anguish and burst of emotions of the poet to talk about the things he is seeing from a distance.

The collection stands tall and provides insights of the heart of the poet with matchless gusto. It is the free flowing versed writing that makes this collection not only stellar but also audacious. 100 poems promise variance and a high level of engagement. Of course, this is a mainstream work of Dr. Samir Kumar Hui, who has a vital understanding of subjects and their objectives. The way he ropes in words and throws a light on topics is really commendable.

This is a book that urges to be read and embraced in peace, at your own pace, not in haste. Simple…yet powerful.

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