Dilliwali- Celebrating The Woman of Delhi Through PoetryFarheen Naaz
A book that is dedicated to the woman of Delhi who dares to dream and achieve, who fights for her rights each day and who rises like a phoenix, come what may. There are many poetry anthologies which have poems that are women-centric. And then there are many anthrologies which consist of poems written exclusively by women poets. This, anthology, however, is remarkably distinctive as it contains poems written not just by women but about the women of Delhi. This book salutes the Dilliwali in all her Avatars whether she is a ruler, leader or a home-maker. I had never met Bushra Alvi Razzack in person before this day. And I got to listen to the pieces of poetry being shared at the book launch platform by the poets who collaborated their work for this book. Use of such simple words that speak so eloquently, layered with emotion and meaning made this book stand distinct. The book has been divided into sections of poetry in English, Urdu and Hindi respectively. The poets have marvellously expressed their views about woman of Delhi or Dilliwali who is unique, strong, determined, resilient and courageous. Yes, the poems in Dilliwali tell us what Bushra Alvi Razzack & all the other poets in this book know – the vulnerability and strength, giving and receiving, yearning and loving, beauty and holiness of woman of Delhi. These poems celebrate the mysteries of being a Dilliwali. They resonate with genuine and complex emotional intensity and an irresistible tone of playfulness, kindness, courage, intimacy, and reverence. These poems will surprise, ground, and nourish you at every turn. After a very impressive book Launch and having a copy to rejoice the spirit of being a Dilliwali, will comeback with a detailed review of this beautifully woven poetry book soon.
Bushra Alvi Razzack is the author of “Dilliwali” . She is a teacher, a writer , a poet and a photographer.She maintains Delhi by Verse – a poetry group that aims to popularize poetry, nurture fresh talent and spread the joy of verse. Dilliwali is the first anthology brought out by the group.