Gulzar is well-known for his lyrics, his direction and his writing skills. At the same time, he is alsoknown for his poetry. To be very honest, to me he is a poet first and then everything else falls with it. His transition at every step as a poet is phenomenal. The way his poems appeal to all and sundry – it is true after all, poetry should be for everyone to read and savour and that is what Gulzar does.
Saba Mahmood Bashir has tried to explore the various sides to a poet and his poems in, “I Swallowed the Moon”. He has dissected every single poem of Gulzar and gives us a peek into the poet’s mind, emotions and sensibility. Bashir tries to find Gulzar’s style and then connect it to the reader. “I Swallowed the Moon” proves to be a great read for all poetry lovers and more so lovers of Gulzar Saab’s writing.
Gulzar is a man of words. His lyrics, direction and writing skills have contributed much to the quality of Indian cinema. The book I Swallowed the Moon : The Poetry of Gulzar focuses on various aspects and sides of the poet which we are unaware of.