Book Review of The Search Within  By Anubhav Shrivastav

The Title-
The title gives us the prologue to the plot of the collection of the poetry. Rejections will redirect you to more exciting roads. When you think your life is falling apart, it’s usually falling together in disguise. Your search will throw you on journeys you never would have dreamt of, in your mind and in the world. I really loved the way the author had presented the poems along with the title. The elders say- difficult to prove- that winged creatures also dream. The birds are lovers of heights, always searching out landing spots, never constant here at the foot of the human race. ‘It’s that they discovered a magical advantage…’ they say, ‘the sound of silence.’ At the foot of the clouds the raindrops come earlier, it’s true, and the silence of the sky is something unattainable for those who don’t fly- we have never experimented. The dream of the birds was that man of them headed for a land where they experienced a similar magic to that lived by them. In the final analysis, music is the only human sound similar to that of silence. I felt the title is apt as those who seek eternity find a mind of infinity.

About the Book
While emotions are the major subjects of the poem, there are several sub plots to ornament the same. Ever since people first existed, they have been doing all the things we label “codependent.” They have worried themselves sick about other people. They have tried to help in ways that didn’t help. They have said yes when they meant no. They have tried to make other people see things their way. They have bent over backwards avoiding hurting people’s feelings and, in so doing, have hurt themselves. They have been afraid to trust their feelings. They have believed lies and then felt betrayed. They have wanted to get even and punish others. They have felt so angry they wanted to kill. They have struggled for their rights while other people said they didn’t have any. They have worn sackcloth because they didn’t believe they deserved silk.
Love being the first aspect, I felt we have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don’t even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch us beg in the streets! It’s time to put an end to this. It’s time for us to let ourselves be loved. The next aspect I found to be mentioned was longing. To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as when we lack it? And here again is a foreshadowing — the world will be made whole. For to wish for a hand on one’s hair is all but to feel it. So whatever we may lose, very craving gives it back to us again. To amalgamate longing with pain, the author describes heartbreak. Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
The collection of poetries indeed searches for the soul within us. The most fulfilling adventures happen when you start your journey without knowing where you’re going, because only then are you free to experience the unexpected detours you’re meant to take.
Order the book from
https://www.amazon.in/Search-Within-Anubhav-Shrivastava/dp/8193890337/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1551592966&sr=8-1&keywords=the+search+within

Overall Ratings of the Book- 4/5

About Author Anubhav Shrivastava is a TEDx Speaker and one of the Youngest Authors of India, having published two Bestselling Books:- ‘One Last Time’ and ‘Letters in the Rain’ by the mere age of 24. Driven by passion, he started quintessentialthought.org, an award winning blog that is known for its poignant posts. He has previously been invited as a Judge and Speaker for various literature and Entrepreneurial summits in colleges like ISB Hyderabad, BITS Pilani, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati, Amity University, etc.

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