Poetry Book Review: Suroor of the Soul

Cover Photo of Suroor of the Soul. Pic source: Amazon
Cover Photo of Suroor of the Soul. Pic source: Amazon

With the various styles and contributions to contemporary poetry, “Suroor of the Soul” makes for an uplifting and fascinating reading. It’s a meticulously sectioned book co-authored by Soumya Vilekar and Shaheen Dhanji; two wonderful poetesses whose love for nature, true happiness, metaphysical knowledge and exploration, soul discovery and its ultimate journey cumulatively amplifies a reader scopes via their poems.

Not short of fine imagery—a few of which are subtle or complex judging by their metaphysical exponent—or verse paragraphs of commendable artistic quality, both poetesses seek to approach their audience in four ways (sections). Section-I gives credence to the soul, its birth, growth and endeavor. A poem from this section that sits nicely with me and I think I’ll still remember for some time to come is The Lost Fawn. A touching narrative, it metaphorically points to man’s journey through life and his interaction with the divine. Section-II is a smooth continuation of the first section where the soul seeks love in others, the failure and heartaches that may come as a result, and then its new purpose to establish a path to true happiness. Section-III is an elaborate  effort via words and rhythm that tells of the soul’s voyage; the quest to discover the divine power—God Himself. This is most evident in a poem like God or Religion, a poem of the mortal and divine dialogues. Section-IV, a conclusive portion, proudly cradles the title of the book. In this section, we are acquainted with the joy and ecstasy the soul goes through at last and about the craving to become the “perfect being” after it must’ve realize the power behind surrendering to the will of its Maker.

Overall, the poetry book does not wish to give the impression that there is a particular religion or channel that can effectively connect man with his Maker or Diviner Ruler. The fact is, however, that both poetesses have recognized that true happiness can indeed be achieved through self-discovery, recognition of real beauty, and exploration of where the soul could possibly reach.

After reading this book, I can say that I now appreciate metaphysics, a branch of philosophy, even more. Also, there is a new sense in poetry presentation and healthy thoughts about religion and spiritualism  that comes with the book.

If you like poetry with a touch metaphysics and insight into spiritualism, true happiness, and religion then this book is for you.

*I have received a free copy of this book in return for a review*


AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Suroor-Soul-The-ultimate-happiness/dp/1484914759

SOUMYA VILEKAR’S BLOG: http://soumyav.wordpress.com

SHAHEEN S. DHANJI’S SITE: http://shaheensultandhanji.weebly.com/

20 thoughts on “Poetry Book Review: Suroor of the Soul

  1. Dear Uzoma
    Thank you so very much for the brilliant review – I relished the comparative thought in your assertion. That you took time to read and review our book adds an instant smile mingled with much gratitude. Both, I and Soumya are receiving great support from our readers and we are deeply humbled. The book is about all of us – the spinal cord -humanity.

    Heartfelt thank you, my dear African mate (yes! I also hail from the Red Soil!).
    Wishing you loads of success in your journey !
    Cheers & Love,

    1. Hello Shaheen,

      It’s so nice to have you here. Soumya was kind enough to gift me a copy of the book you two jointly wrote. It’s moving and cuts through races and creed, which is most important. I read you’ve been to Africa. Hope it was a memorable one.

      Wish you the very best.


      1. Dear, I was born and raised in Africa – Tanzania! Have endless and most happiest memories of those years.

        So happy you relished the book!

  2. I’ve read both Shaheen and Soumya – each bring unique approaches to the themes they delve in.

    This is very thoughtful and generous of you, Uzo. Well done!

    Congrtaultions to the poetesses 🙂

  3. You did a wonderful review of these two lovely poetesses! I think it is very interesting how you used quite complex language in the descriptions! I was trying to figure out the definitions! You have a wider vocabulary than I, Uzo!! Great post!

    1. Oh c’mon … LOL!! My vocab is not as vast as yours — you who traditionally speak the language. But that doesn’t mean I am not eager to learn more than what I know already. To the book review … I’m happy you had nice things to say about these female writers. They did a good job, really.

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