Book Review: The Search Within by Anubhav Shrivastava

The Search Within
Author: Anubhav Shrivastava
Publisher: Write India Publishers
Rating: 3.5/5

‘Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.’
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Fate is that inevitable event that happens to us in spite of all our plans. Even though our life has an equal share of joys and sorrows, we have the habit of finding the grass greener on the other side. Always. ‘A Search Within’ is a collection of 49 poems that are not only raw but honest. With most of the poems based on heartbreak and the concept of letting go, the poet weaves a magical web of these thoughts and makes an effort to trap the readers’ mind in that network!

Using free verse as the medium of expression, some of the poems touch the heart and make it flinch. However, some of the poems are shallow and repetitive. Maybe the idea has not been conveyed properly. Literature is a subject where the clash of opinions is possible in all probabilities. What I didn’t quite associate with, the others might relate with easily.

The language is easy to understand. A lot of rhetorical questions have been used. There is no particular style adopted by the poet and that’s the reason the poems are directly from the heart. Mostly anecdotal, the poetry collection is extremely personal and might not be understood by everyone to the same extent.

Overall, ‘The Search Within’ is a good, light read that touches many aspects of the poet’s life.

Best wishes to the author!

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