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मेरा शहर (Mera Shaher)

Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | Hindi Fiction

मेरा शहर (Mera Shaher)

Author: Jaskiran Chopra
Publisher: Book World

Award Category: Hindi Fiction
About the Book: 

This collection of Urdu/Hindi poems is the first of its kind as never has any other poetry collection been dedicated earlier to the valley of Doon, the once gloriously beautiful city of Dehra Dun. The ghazals and nazms have poured out of the poet’s pain and nostalgia at having seen, over the years, the fading away of the unique charm and beauty associated with the Doon Valley. Looking back at the years when this charm was at its peak, the poet has penned odes to the period of the valley at times, the odes become eclectic Nostalgia lies at the heart of each peom. Jaskiran Chopra, the poet, is known to indulge in nostalgia in many of her works, poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Love poems are also an important part of this anthology. An “Old world“ feels is conveyed through the poems. Readers will marvel at the way the once prevalent beauty of Dehra has been expressed in a language that evokes romance and nostalgia together. The exquisite seasons of the valley, the crystal-clear waters of its now covered canals, its tree-lined peaceful avenues and its mango and Lichi orchards appear and re-appear as symbols of a world lost forever. “Mera Shaher” is an extremely romantic tribute of the poet to Dehra Dun where she has spent her childhood and most part of her life. The beauty of the city and the sophistication of urdu mingle with each other to result in a mellow music that is very refreshing and new. It is a welcome contrast to abstract poetry and takes the reader into a world of memories, romance, love and serenity that is not easily to be found now in reality. A veritable treasure of emotional poetry – that is “Mera Shaher”.

About the Author: 

She is a journalist by profession, and has worked with United News of India, The Times of India and The Pioneer. She is faculty at the School of Media & Communication Studies, Doon University.

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