Book Review: Emerging From Shadows by Balroop Singh


Balroop is one of those first few bloggers I got acquainted with since the beginning of my blogging journey.  I’ve been reading her blog Emotional Shadows for quite a long time and, the depth and profoundness of her words never have failed to amaze me. So, when she offered me an e-copy of her newest publication, Emerging From Shadows, (her fifth book) a collection of poems, it was quite a pleasure.

Forty poems, composed and curated by the author herself, adorn the book. All the poems, though not related to each other, seems harmonious to me as I finished reading. As if, they are pearls of the same string and, together they exude a feeling that resonates with your mind in more than one way.

Balroop’s poems liberate the mind of the reader from darkness to light. Life, for us, is not a bed of roses. It is a roller coaster ride alternating continuously with highs and lows. The carousel of life concocts love, discord, merriment and strife. Balroop made us understand this eternal truth and guides us to rise above mediocrity. Her poems would make you feel stronger from within, would help you ameliorate the pain and suffering life has thrust upon you, would lead you to have that insight towards self-discovery. There lies the magic of her!

I’ll learn to be happy
In my own solitude,
In the dark, little corners
With the words of self-compassion

(I Give Up This Chase)

Portraying the philosophy of life in the poetical form, that is what the poet has done in the book. But, so subtle, so beautiful is her approach, that the reader will never feel encumbered. The language is a delight, exuberant bubbles of words rising softly upwards– leaving behind a sillage to cherish for a long time.

Miniscule moments of hope awning around
Floating like bubbles but burst without a sound
Duress of living with mixed thoughts
Flying on the wings of optimism I thrive!

(The Secret of Being Alive) 

There are poems which compelled me to read them over and over again; I cherished the thoughts, the flavour they left in my mind.

I know I have in me
All that I expect to be
To defeat despondency in time
To rise, to smile at the sunshine.

(It Will Not Last) 

But, I liked most the eponymous poem of the book where the poet says,

Shadows of indifferent past
Shadows of dreary darkness
The sheen of my dreams
The delusion of my success
Faded in that shadowy existence.

I convince myself to rise, to react
To push perils that glare grimly
To satiate shadows that gloat glibly
Positive light is just round the corner
The hope is beckoning bright.

I recommend the book for all poetry lovers. It will be a joyful experience for you to go through Balroop Singh’s Emerging From Shadows. 

About The Author


Balroop Singh, a former teacher and an educationalist always had a passion for writing. The world of her imagination has a queer connection with realism. She could envision
the images of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first book: ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’ Now, she is a poet, a non-fiction writer and a blogger. This is her fifth book.

Balroop Singh has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling leaves and the sound of waterfalls. The moonlight streaming through her garden, the flowers, the meadows, the butterflies cast a spell on her. She lives in San Ramon, California.

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21 responses to “Book Review: Emerging From Shadows by Balroop Singh

  1. Pingback: Book Review: Timeless Echoes by Balroop Singh | Scattered Thoughts·

  2. Wow! This is a beautiful review of Balroop’s poetry and is in itself a lyrical read. The descriptions of the overall themes of the poems are powerfully and effectively described whilst the taster quotes from some poems gives us a real feeling of them. I’m hooked and although poetry is not my normal forte I hope to read this soon. 😀😀

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  3. This is an excellent review of Balroops poems.. I agree her poems are so sensitive, yet they home in on core issues that touch all our lives..
    I also love Balroops poems.. And you have paid her a wonderful tribute here with your excellent post of the review of her book..
    Wonderful 🙂 And well deserving for I so admire Balroops talent ..
    Love and Hugs.. Sue 🙂

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  4. Thank you for sharing such a lovely review Maniparna. All the excerpts are lovely but loved this one the most.
    Miniscule moments of hope awning around
    Floating like bubbles but burst without a sound
    It made me visualize hope as soap bubbles, which after being formed float around only to silently burst one by one.

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  5. Reblogged this on Emotional Shadows and commented:
    When you have such accomplished friends as Maniparna who respond with a brilliant review of a book…you can just be as spellbound as I am right now. I am enthralled by the richness of her language, the choice of her words, the profound understanding of poetry and her in-depth analysis of my poems. Gratitude seems to be a meaningless word to thank her for her serious endeavor to interpret and bring out the subtle meaning of my poems.
    I am blessed with such a blogger friend whom I met online when I was struggling to find a foothold to survive in the blogosphere. She has kept her promise of reviewing my latest book ‘Emerging From Shadows.’

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  6. Thank you so much Mani, for this brilliant review of my book…I am enthralled by the richness of your language, your profound understanding of poetry and your in-depth analysis! Gratitude seems to be a meaningless word before this sincere breaking down of poems to bring out their meaning.
    I am delighted that you enjoyed my poetry and have such beautiful pearls of appreciation for it. Many thanks dear friend. Could you please post your opinion at Goodreads and Amazon? 🙂 Stay blessed!

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