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Book Review: Zeest-E-Zubaani by Sweta Mandal

Zeest-E-Zubaani by Sweta Mandal is beautiful, candid, and evocative. It is a shayari book of Hindi and Urdu but written in English. The essence and juice of shayari is maintained, the only different thing is that it’s written in English so that it can reach to global audience.

It is a book that one can read anytime to lift up the mood or can indulged oneself into its various themes. The book is for hardcore shayari readers, even new ones can also pick it up. The shayaris are of some different level that will compel you to read and see the work of great ones like Rumi, Iqbal, Mir Taqi Mir, Mirza Ghalib and many more. Sweta Mandal has brought forward her musings that one gets when one indulges way deep in the blend of Urdu and Hindi poetry and shayari.

It is a short book, offering 245 short shayaris. There needs no order to read the book, you can pick it up from any side. Yes, it is a mood soother. Often shayaris are something that explores the vagaries and veracity of our lives by involving themes like love, aloofness, loneliness, tragedies, separation, agony of lovers, heartbreaks and much more.

This book is nothing less than a treasure for YouTubers and social media content creators who often cite shayari of Urdu and Hindi mix. The book is easy to read, most of the time, the author given the meaning of tough vocabulary in English. It makes this book highly readable.

Sweta has done a superb job. The title means the voice of life. Zeest means life. The book is full of riveting content, one such can be summed up below.

“Dusro me mashroof darbadar bhatakta raha…

Rozana khud se rubaru hokar bhi khud ko kho baitha!”

The above shayari is fabulous. It indicates agony of the nomads who have bohemian attitude. One roams here and there for others and with caravans but fails to recognize him/her self. The nature of most of the shayaris is to seek something from within. The content is versatile, it changes the state of mind of readers as they flit page after page.

It is a heart-winning book that you can keep with yourself all the time. Just a peep inside and you have that feeling of being a Shayar of your life. Overall, it promises an amazing reading experience. Such books are spoiler free, better to pick it up and be with it. Explore it, enjoy it!

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