*Book Review: “We Rise by Lifting Others”*
Associate Professor and Head (Retd.)
PG Department of English
Kanya Maha Vidyalaya
“We Rise by Lifting Others” is an exquisite anthology that weaves together the delicate threads of compassion, empathy, and kindness into a tapestry of spiritual contemplation and human interconnectedness. In this collection, the editors have skillfully curated a diverse array of poems that explore the profound depths of the human experience, emphasizing the beauty of unity, peace, and the true essence of life.
Compassion, a cornerstone of this anthology, is delicately explored in various verses that serve as gentle reminders of the power of understanding and the importance of lending a helping hand to those in need. The poems, crafted with eloquence and finesse, reflect a deep-seated understanding of the significance of empathy, urging readers to embrace a greater sense of humaneness and foster a world built on genuine care and concern for one another.
The thematic undercurrents of equality and freedom are poignantly expressed throughout the collection, highlighting the importance of inclusivity and the celebration of diversity. These verses serve as a testament to the enduring spirit of humanity, underscoring the significance of fostering an environment where every individual is embraced with open arms, irrespective of their background or beliefs.
Furthermore, the anthology delves into the transcendent realms of spirituality and love, illuminating the path to a deeper understanding of the true meaning of life. The carefully selected verses evoke a sense of introspection, guiding readers on a soul-stirring journey towards self-discovery and inner peace. Through the lens of uplifting others, the poems inspire a profound sense of interconnectedness aiming at the growth of all.
The editors Dr Roopali Sircar Gaur and Prasanna Kkumar of this remarkable collection deserve commendation for their meticulous curation, seamlessly integrating a rich tapestry of emotions and experiences that resonate deeply with readers. Their discerning eye for works that embody the essence of the themes presented in the anthology is evident, as each poem seamlessly contributes to the overarching narrative of fostering a world defined by compassion and unity.
“We Rise by Lifting Others” stands as a testament to the enduring power of literature to inspire change and foster a sense of collective responsibility. With its profound insights and beautifully crafted verses, this anthology serves as a guiding light, urging readers to embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, empathy, and communal upliftment. It is a timeless testament to the enduring beauty of the human spirit and the profound impact of extending a helping hand to those in need.
In conclusion, “We Rise by Lifting Others” is an exceptional anthology (housing the creative works of 158 poets across the globe) that transcends the boundaries of literature, serving as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of compassion and the boundless potential of the human heart. This collection is a must-read for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the interconnectedness of the human experience and the transformative impact of uplifting others.
*Submitted by: Dr. Shalini Yadav