Saturday, May 17, 2014

Zindagi Ke Martbaan Se - Review

"Zindagi Ke Martbaan Se" is a poetry collection written in conversational language - Hindi mixed with Urdu and English. The poems are inspired by a plethora of topics like love, nostalgia, remembrance, random human emotions, natural beauty and spirituality. It is something everybody will be able to relate to because it is inspired from the jar called LIFE that everyone goes through. It is something that will make you cry, smile or just appreciate in your leisure moments.

About the Author
A born singer and an IIT-ian, Kuhoo Gupta writes when her imagination runs wild in pursuit of creative and spiritual satisfaction. Inspired by Gulzar, she states that writing is cathartic for her. 

A few words, simple yet meaningful, traversing deep into your soul, lightning your heart in ways more than one, and you know, those words are here to stay.

Often, poetry has the power of liberation. They are created for the want of freedom, the urge to resonate in dreamy castles, softly, but with an impact that’s difficult to ignore. A true poetry is one that embraces you in its mysticism, the magic of its words exploring the various facets of your soul, swirling in motion with a new found rhythm.

Kuhoo Gupta’s poetry collection ‘Zindagi Ke Martbaan Se’ does full justice to the above definition. A die-hard Gulzar fan, Kuhoo delves into the human mind and psychology, carefully caressing the emotions that lay deep within, and gives them the form of words that stay with you long after you are done reading the book. The verses, at times free, and at other times rhythmic, are musical, and melodious, like the subtle chiming of bells, creating an aura that can be termed soulful and serene.

Yet, Kuhoo doesn’t resort to heavy words and phrases to achieve the means. The biggest plus point of this collection is the simplicity of words. Her poems are written using words that we use in our day to day conversations, and as such manages to leave a deeper imprint in its wake. The topics too, revolve around our everyday lives, familiar and close, making us relate to the poems with utmost ease.

Zindagi Ke Martbaan Se’ is a collection of 79 poems in Hindi language, and as the title suggests, they are inspired by our lives and the stories that revolves around each one of us. To be honest, I was surprised by the title of the first poem in the book – ‘ATM’. Now, you tell me, how can an ATM evoke emotions that can be deep and at the same time lead to a resonating poetic verse? Quite unnatural I would say. Kuhoo, though, had something different in her mind, and she surely managed to excel in handling topics like these, unconventional yet a part of our day to day thoughts.

Kuhoo doesn’t follow a definite guideline in forming her poems. While some poems comprise of a couple of sentences, a few others flow across pages. In a way, she has unharnessed her words, not saddling them into boundaries and has kept the lucidity pure and true. Isn't that what we all search for in a poem?

Almost all the poems in this book have that innocent charm in it, like honey dripping softly across rose blooms, fragrant and glowing with the first rays of dawn. The genres are innumerable, yet they all say stories that tug at your heart strings, making you want to read more and more. In simple words, the poems are addictive, and once you start reading one, you can’t stop till you have finished reading all.

I would recommend ‘Zindagi Ke Martbaan Se’ to all lovers of poetry. It is an intoxicating concoction that can be savored at any hour of the day, irrespective of the ambiance. Read through the pages and immerse yourself in this beautiful bouquet of verses.

Title: Zindagi Ke Martbaan Se
Authors: Kuhoo Gupta
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Year: 2014
Language: Hindi
Genre: Poetry
No. of Pages: 148
Price: Rs 260
My Rating: 4/5 


  1. ''Zindagi ke martbaan se'' the title of the book itself arises the curiosity. Even I am wondering how an ATM can evoke one's emotion and lead to a poetic composition. Above appreciation made by you is enough for me to go for this beautiful collection of poetry. Kuhoo is a multi talented person..Am going to check her site :)
    A very nice review :)

    1. You should check it out ... you will love the poems :-)

    2. Thanks Simran for your warm words!
      Hope you liked the sample preview enough to get hold of the full book :)

  2. सभी कविताएँ ज़िन्दगी के किसी न किसी पहलू से जुडी हैं।
    ऐसा लगता है की ये हमारी अपनी ही ज़िन्दगी से related है।