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Book Review: Man Ki Parchhai by Punit Mishra

Poetry is the best medium to express a gamut of emotions without causing any commotion and concern in the ambience. It’s the magic of words that not only work but also pierce, inspire, and ignite hearts. Hindi literature and its allied poetry hold the soul of our country and have been binding people’s heart for over a century now. No matter how many times you read Hindi poetry, it always looks less. In its pure essence, it’s sublimely pleasant and juicy.

Punit Mishra’s book of Hindi poetry, Ghazal and Nazms is heart-touching, impressive, and soul stirring. The title ‘Man Ki Parchhai’ is spectacular. It literally means shadow of the heart. So true to its meaning, this lovely collection brings a medley of over 100 poems, ghazals, and nazms that show the concerned musings of a poet.

The book’s quality of content is exquisite, at times some of the words sound highly tough but a simple Google search will make you back in the reading tandem. The book is rich with many themes galloping around life, the poet tried to explore its spectrum in raw spirits. In between there are poems that are dedicated to soldiers of our country, to the rape victims, and even a few to his kin.

The most dazzling poems in the collection are built on the scaffold of anger – wherever the poet expressed his anger and tried to give voice to suppressed ones, the collection shines with a quiver of human compassion.

The first poem ‘Hamrahi’ is dedicated to his parents for being an able couple for over 50 years. ‘Vighatan’ is a masterpiece: this poem recounts the episodes that break the innocence of a man in this harsh world. The list of poems raising concern over societal issues and taboos is long, you better recline in your seat and enjoy the book in its sheer delight.

The second part of the book is even more attracting than the first. The reason is lucid poetry with crystal clear message. Also possible that this section has blending of Urdu words, thus, it sounded tremendously pleasing. Tera Aks, Mizaz-e-Mausam, Tiragi, Parinde – some of these ghazals/nazms are way remarkable.  

Man Ki Parchhai by Punit Mishra can be read for more than one cause. While the book is highly entertaining, it’s equally igniting and influencing. Punit Mishra’s description of people and their circumstances coupled with nature and environment is lollapalooza.

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