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My bookshelf never had a single book of poetry though I’ve been keenly interested in reading “Dewan-e-Ghalib”, one of the outstanding collections of Ghalib’s poetry, having each couplet written fearlessly and impeccably related to life.
Well, a few months back I came across with some poems that were popping up in my explore posts on Instagram. I read them aimlessly and visited the poet’s official account. The poems were from Rupi Kaur’s book “Milk and Honey” No offense, I found the title intriguing. As soon as I got to know the poet is among BBC’s top 100s list as well as the book is to reach the number one spot on the New York Times Bestseller list, I decided to add “Milk and Honey” to my reading list.
I couldn’t wait for more to read this Instagram poet ever since I went through a lot of her quotes being shared on Instagram. I downloaded the eBook (thank God that I did not waste my money on buying it) out of curiosity. Alright, starting from the beginning, the book consists of four parts; the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. As soon as I started reading it, I did deprecate my choice that moment. Well, I wanted to complete the book so I did not quit it there.
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having you bear witness to the poetry over the past few months. from stage to stage. has renewed my love for the art. it has pushed every boundary i have. mental physical spiritual. after what feels like an entire lifetime lived in 3 months. a blur. the spring tour has come to an end. i am off for the summer to write and write and write. excited about what the next few months will birth. i hope you enjoy the warmth and summer sun. i'll see you in your city in the fall! this is from my last show in my hometown of toronto at @torontolibrary. hands up if you were there 🙋🏽 thank you to @briangregorytc , @solguy , @gavatista and their entire team for capturing the magic.
There were illustrations that were supportable to the verses she gathered and named as a poem, she wrote it just to make people enjoy it. There’s no message in her poetry except how to deal in with hardships a woman faces in a relationship that is definitely not the only purpose of a woman’s life.
The book contains all her insecurities and life issues that she had been through. She put them all up in short verses which embrace vulnerability, vulgarity, bluntness and irrelevant stuff to be quoted as a poem. Despite the fact, it is listed in NY’s best sellers.
It is neither poetry nor literature. She wrote it just to make people enjoy it or to offend those who love reading poetry. There’s no message in her poetry except how to deal in with hardships a woman faces in a relationship that is definitely not the only purpose of a woman’s life, at least, not every woman’s life.
The question here is as to what makes the book rare and worth reading is how empowering the content is what makes the reader learn something out of it, how the traits whether love or hate affect the readers, how captivating words are encapsulated together that even after finishing the book it leaves a strong connection between the book and reader and lastly, how often you open the same book still you find something new to discover.
Whereas, this book will bring you nothing but regret if you are looking for something beyond one’s relationship struggles!