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November 20, 2021

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Authors Press
Genre - Poetry
Publishing year - 2021
Language - English
ISBN - 978-93-90588-40-4
Pages - 70

Dance of Life

Book Review - 

I am a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That's Me. These lines by Maya Angelou captivate the author's attention, and from there, she starts this book. Dance of Life is centered on the feminine side; although, it was not intentional, as stated by Dr. Divya Joshi

A woman goes through different phases throughout her life and plays distinct roles. Whether we take a look at history or the present, we can undoubtedly find the strong, powerful women who changed the course of the world. But at the same time, some women submit to society's so-called rules and/or become victims of the evils knowingly or unknowingly. 

The poems portray the same distinct characteristics of women, in general. However, with the broader picture in mind, I realized that there are different shades; whether a woman is Surpankhana or Draupadi, they all fought demons. So did the women of the 21st century; for ages, males dominated the world and liked to keep women under their thumb. 

The battle for equality is ongoing, but for some women, it doesn't matter because their whole focus is on surviving, to live one more day, which I understand entirely, and so did the author as many of her work twirl around it. 

Dr. Divya Joshi did her doctoral work on Gender Concerns in 19th-century women novelists and has a successful creative writing experience which positively helped her in this book. The language is lucid, but some examples and words can be complex if a foreign national reads the book. 

I have so many favorite compositions from this book, but the one I want to mention is Be a Gentlewoman. The author slyly narrates the misogynistic views and how society sees women or wants them to behave under the pretext of freedom. This one is going to be in my psyche forever. If you're a feminist poetry lover, give this book a chance, you won't be disappointed. I recommend it. 

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