Nishant Singh released his second book Shikayatein with Bigfoot Publications in July 2022. Before getting into the details of the book, let’s take a moment to throw light on the poetic scenario in the third decade of the 21st century.
It would be safe to say that the primary consumption of poetry in the era of digital is limited to the floating reels on Instagram, Facebook or Youtube. The issue with these modern day poets is that most of the ‘viral’ stuff that goes around doesn’t always qualify to be called a full piece of poetic literature.
Shikayatein however saves the day as it curates the most refined form of poetry that could possibly be available for your perusal in this age and day. All 30 poems, along with the in-between commentary by the author about his ideology and personal experiences package this book as a saviour of modern day Hindustani literature. What stands out to me the most are two blank verses present right in the middle of the book- Samajhdar and Bheekh– these two poems are heart wrenching tales of absolute sadness which eventually leave you with goosebumps all over your body. Talking any more about them might give out a hint or spoiler from which these two poems should be sincerely protected. What I wonder is what could have been the inspiration behind the two, what has Nishant seen in his life that inspired him to pen these poems.
If I have to point out any demerits of the book then it would be the polished language used in his beautiful poems, which might make this book a bit too heavy for the audience of today which is used to consuming the light hearted two liners on social media. But if you are looking for a hard hitting read that introduces your mind to new horizons of thought then Shikayatein should be your ideal pick.
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