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Book Title: Daun Saidyan Ek Seer
Author: Vijay Verma
Publisher: Bookman, Ashok Vihar, Phase-3, New Delhi.

Daun Sadiyan Ek Seer, is the longest Dogri-Ghazal book with 721 verses by famous Dogri writer Vijay Verma. It was published and launched online by www.bookman_delhi.com and later published offline by Duggar Manch at Gurah Slathia, Jammu. It encompasses the long journey of Ghazal as a whole and Dogri in particular spanning almost two centuries. When interacting with the poet, he was asked “why seven hundred and twenty-one verses” and the answer was also very interesting and progressive. The poet Verma narrated that the journey of the Ghazal from Arabic, Perisan to Urdu, Dogri and other Indian languages ​​has different timelines. The Dogri Ghazal genre started from the fifth decade of the 20th century and continues to this day. So in total seven hundred and twenty-one verses touching the subjects. This is the writer’s sixth creativity book.
This Ghazal presents a unique blend of traditional flavor of linguistic richness and modern and innovative imagery. Undoubtedly, it is a wonderful gift from Vijay Verma to the native Dogri language and its literature as well as other Indian languages. Even in the foreword, a vast storyline of Ghazals has been presented which is universally accepted as a kind of peace, love and brotherhood. All this shows that Dogri Ghazal has a very rich taste and evolves throughout in keeping with traditions as well as modernity.
This 120-page book is a magical treat for lovers and readers of Dogri poetry who can enjoy the flavor of imagination and savor traditional words with an extensive vocabulary. Its satirical pursuits and scope definitely somehow pinch each other briefly, but guide desperately happily to be cognizant of realities and work accordingly. In the words of the poet: “I am a strong proponent of expressing my literary and linguistic enthusiasm with delicate touches of experimentation while awaiting a new springtime illuminating the intellectual side of our society. After general experiences in different time zones, this ghazal deals with almost all issues concerning humanity in the social, economic, cultural and linguistic fields. The couplets journey en route through life’s joyful events but enlightening the mind for future betterment with lessons from the past and inspiring futuristic endeavours. It is rare in Dogri that a poet through this genre with rich words and restrained treatment covers a poetic journey and conveys the emotions on global humanitarian issues concerning the common man and the experiences of societies. While discussing the book of ghazal, the poet also explained in detail that the technical side and semantics are important pillars of this magical genre, the ghazal which has traveled its course from Darbars to common man in modern society.
The poet broke the shackles of taboos and limits by writing a long ghazal record. It is the longest ghazal of Dogri as well as many Indian languages ​​so far which is actually a matter of pride for everyone as claimed by Vijay Verma. The poet quoted Rumi with a spiritual scent of ghazal and said that a couplet has two lines, that is, two misras which constitute the ghazal with its meter and difficult rhythmic path. The poet compares these two worlds, two strong shoulders carrying the worlds of humanism with a benign message to the world for coexistence without discrimination or unequal perceptions in different horizons.
This ghazal has a great message for all times and all readers can savor the marvelous taste of the rich Dogri words, their fragrance, range and horizons of abundant imagination. This book of long ghazals has been finely printed with a good layout on quality paper and an attractive style keeping readers engrossed in its narration. Dogri’s readership will peruse it with pleasure and profit.

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