Dear Readers,

In the early part of year two-thousand-thirteen, Ms. Soumya Vilekar and I discovered each other through our respective writings. At that time (as some of you, dear readers, may remember me!), I was an author at Word Press under the ownership of ‘ Blood Ink Diary’ – a narrative of my inner and outer climate of mind that mingled culturally, politically, socially, artistically and spiritually reflecting diversity and contrasts of various genres in expression — my blog was polar opposite (in theme) from Soumya’sΒ  spiritual quest- yet, there resonated and embodied an attraction for the others’ writings. Hence, a journey commenced between the two creative minds, a dialogue marked its’ significance imparting her own unique ‘ Suroor of the Soul ‘Β  (Intoxication of the Soul)- a poetry book prepared to share the spiritual faculty and the isolated jubilees of the inner realm. The title of the book was an interesting incident, for, after frequenting each other’s spheres, I had left a comment of appreciation at Soumya’s space and gifted her a humble oil painting that I had titled ‘ Suroor ‘, thus, was the inspiration that ignited Soumya to pen the magnificent volume. During the same time, I had deleted my blog for other creative pursuits, thus we had lost contact for short time, when, suddenly I received an email from Soumya requesting if I would fancy to include few of my mystical poems and to pen the foreword for ‘Suroor of the Soul ‘; needless to say, I accepted her request – thus, the duality of our personalities play a symphony of its’ own tune through the lyrics of our individual soul that can be explored in the pages.

You may be intrigued and probe as to why the execution for such a subject – ‘ the soul’;

simply, because the human minds are so varied, intellectual standpoints thus wide apart and emotional temperaments rather different, or shall I say, unique – that on these grounds alone we tend to isolate our Human and the Being that completes us as one. In a world marked with extreme desire for material consumption, the materialist forms a destructive alliance with the egoist and the shallow-minded, both attributes silently perforating inside him and when brought face to face with these two ways of viewing himself and his external environs, man finds them opposite and incompatible, markedly conflicting and hopelessly irreconcilable – thus it is quite possible for man to synthesize such an alliance developing a divided self – the soul often remains a mystical attraction if man does not cultivate the immense motivation to ‘seek’ the metaphysical reflection and mystical revelation of Reality of God.

Henceforth, what is the ‘insight’? If reality exists anywhere it must exist in an irreducible infinitude, though, such an assertion places beyond ordinary finite perceptions; only a transcendental insight is therefore beneficial to bring man into an intimate relation with his soul — whosoever truthfully and without superficial attempt at seeking shall witness the metamorphosis in its’ due time, when the ‘ego’ surrenders and humility perfumes the soul, a catharsis translates the silent movement within a human-being, opening a solid frequency embracing faculty of immediate insight. Ah, but of course, in one sense insight is a synthetic faculty, for, it mingles and blends with abstract reason what the intellect shan’t fully grasp though recognizes the full mystical emotions that are contained, combined and yet transcended in the philosophical insight.

‘Suroor of the Soul’ is such a book, that, smoothly transports and carves a path to Illumination – a veritable emotion turning around at the base of the whole consciousness. Our purpose is to ignite an immediate oneness with the Ultimate by a flash of desire to enlightenment which effectively removes the debris of doubts and ignorance for ever. Our combined vision is such that a reader would traverse within our souls’ parameters and glimpse for a tremendous and scintillating revelation to the man that it shall leave an ineradicable impression on his minds’ – soul and commences to probe the dazzling question of both his corporeal and celestial realms.Β  Nay, it would be rather absurd to read the book and attain a deep frequency, for, mostly the aspirant toils for long wearisome months and perhaps years amid disheartening and monotony, howsoever, the book is a fragrance of connecting to bliss and the ultimate happiness — to surrender and annihilate the ‘ego’ which stops the cultivation to submission to discovering the layers of our soul. Just as in philosophy – thoughts are solid and more reasonable because it is more balanced, such a similar discipline demands man to action if he is to practice an equilibrium of mind-body-heart-soul. Everything that hinders the Divine will’s passage through his heart and life must eventually be cast out – he would need to affiliate his lower (human) will with his higher (being) one; the two must be synchronized to work in unison.

‘ Suroor of the Soul’ is a jubilee in utter ecstasy. It is devoid of any religious rituals and customs, for, its aspiration is simply to touch a human soul. The dogma and doctrine expressed as form of poetry is that of esotericism, which is considered to be something beyond the veil that illuminates bliss that one encounters through sublime horizon that leads one to greater courage and inner happiness – which cultivates a desire for seeking the enigma; the interpenetration of Human and its Being. Nay, I shan’t write more, nor, can I compel you to read further into this book — though I sincerely invite you to explore the poetry. I shan’t command it, for it commands us. The better offering, therefore, is to become inspired, that is, to the Divine self within us — through our humble offerings to humanity.

***Note: I have used the male gender as referring to ‘man’/him – but of course, it is not to provoke any gender inequality as we are constantly made aware of terms. I have simply just written from the corridors of my heart hoping to cascade into your soul. Also, I shan’t take credit for the compilation and execution of the book, for, it righteously lands with proper credit to Soumya Vilekar for conceptualising and all the endeavours associated for publishing ‘Suroor of the Soul’. Similarly, it was a pleasure to have worked and known Soumya, as she is a dear and kindred soul. Am most humbled by being associated with her book ! Lastly, this article is not a formal essay about and/or the soul — I have merely touched a few areas the poetry resonates in-kind. ***

Love & Light,

Shaheen Sultan Dhanji

(formerly known as Blood Ink diary)

final book cover
Book cover


  1. soumyav June 22, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    Reblogged this on Diary of a mind and commented:
    Few words from the our dear Shaheen about the forthcoming book of poetry “Suroor of the Soul”.

  2. LAND OF FUN June 22, 2013 / 3:31 pm


    • soumyav June 22, 2013 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you very much !

  3. vishalbheeroo June 22, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    very well written Shaheen as this post has strike a chord with my soul. Soumya is such a fab writer and I’m sure the book will win thousand hearts. All of us are waiting for the book to come out:)

    • soumyav June 22, 2013 / 5:05 pm

      Thanks a lot Vishal for your overwhelming support ! Iam happy you have liked my work till now and look forward for this.Sorry,will be visiting your blog soon.stuck up for now!

    • ssd June 24, 2013 / 6:21 am

      Thank you, dear Vishal, for relishing the post ! Am humbled. Cheers, Shaheen

  4. neelkanth June 22, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    A wonderful narrative it is, and heart rending too. Your ‘Suroor of the Soul’ is capable of virtually intoxicating the mind and the heart, and such a mingle results into a soothing satiation. All the best to you from me as always.

    • soumyav June 23, 2013 / 10:24 am

      Thank you so much Sir. I am overwhelmed you could get connected to this “Suroor” and Iam sure you would love the book too.

  5. Jaan Pehchaan June 22, 2013 / 6:19 pm

    I look forward to the book!

  6. marina kanavaki June 22, 2013 / 6:47 pm

    So very happy to hear that! Congratulations to both of you for this wonderful collaboration.
    All the best from my heart! πŸ™‚

    • soumyav June 23, 2013 / 10:25 am

      Thank you Marina for you wonderful and sincere wishes.

    • ssd June 23, 2013 / 10:29 am

      Your heart is always felt by me and I always send the energy back to you !! Love ya my dear mate. lotsa’ hugs.

  7. Dewang Vora June 22, 2013 / 11:15 pm

    Wow thats wonderful title… Now i am waiting desperately to know what treasure of thoughts your book is going to have , Congratulations.!!!

    • soumyav June 23, 2013 / 10:26 am

      πŸ™‚ Thanks Dewang! Good to see you here . Its really great to know you loved the title and are awaiting for the book.

  8. midnighthues June 23, 2013 / 2:38 am

    Congratulations Soumya and Shaheen for your creative collaboration! Best wishes to you both!

    • ssd June 23, 2013 / 10:26 am

      And, you my dear Aparna, are a breath of fresh air ! Thank you for you wishes, am humbled. xoxo

    • soumyav June 23, 2013 / 10:28 am

      Thank you so much Aparna . Your wishes mean a lot and are heartily welcomed

  9. Tatsat June 23, 2013 / 4:06 am

    congratulations πŸ™‚

    • soumyav June 23, 2013 / 10:20 am

      Thank you Tatsat! πŸ™‚

  10. Eric Alagan June 23, 2013 / 6:20 am

    Congratulations and wish you every success with the anthology.


    • ssd June 23, 2013 / 10:27 am

      And, you are a treasure my doost e man ! (you remember this?) lol.
      Thank you ! πŸ™‚

      • Eric Alagan June 23, 2013 / 12:30 pm

        Of course, I do, my dearest πŸ™‚

    • soumyav June 23, 2013 / 10:30 am

      Thank you Eric for your wish . This always is treasured for it is valued such by me.
      PS. Sorry have been busy and wasn’t able to be on your blog since long.

      • Eric Alagan June 23, 2013 / 12:31 pm

        No worries, Soumya dear – I can see now that you’ve been very busy πŸ™‚

        Catch up soonest,

  11. Subhan Zein June 23, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    Congratulations, Soumya. That’s a great feat! I am happy for you πŸ™‚

    • Subhan Zein June 23, 2013 / 2:53 pm

      And of course, congratulations to Shaheen as well. You have manifested the light in your heart with a wonderful achievement, well done! πŸ™‚

      • ssd June 24, 2013 / 6:09 am

        Thank you very much, dear Subhan ! Nay, the achievement is Soumya’s, am a traveller alongside.
        Missing you — pen few words at email. Cannot wait to read your book ! Sending you lotsa’ love & hugs, Shaheen

    • soumyav June 23, 2013 / 3:04 pm

      Thanks Subhan for the love and light,also for your kind wishes.

  12. Indira June 23, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Congratulations Somyav and Shaheen.

    • soumyav June 23, 2013 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks a lot Indiraji!

      • Indira June 23, 2013 / 10:31 pm

        You are welcome dear. My sincere wishes for your bright future.

    • ssd June 24, 2013 / 6:17 am

      Indu-maa ! Love you ! Shall pen an email to you soon ! Thank you for wishing us, your prayers are always with me, I know. hugs.

  13. Ankit Raj Bachchan June 24, 2013 / 6:30 am

    Hey, I had no idea about this! It’s really a very pleasant surprise.Congrats! Happy for you. πŸ™‚

    • soumyav June 24, 2013 / 9:55 am

      Thanks a lot Ankit ! Ya it started as a surprise too ,unexpectedly , as the inspiration worked on.

  14. Rafiullah Mian June 24, 2013 / 11:55 am

    It gives me immense pleasure, dear Shaheen, that finally some of your precious work in the form of poetry has been published or going to be published.

    Your poetry always gives my soul a nourishing Suroor; that esoterically seeks a way for himself to the realm of transcendency, moreover, on linguistic level your diction has the power of communication between the minds of poet and readers.

    I say a big congratulation, specially, to Soumya Vilekar for pinning a precious book of poetry.
    β€œSuroor of the Soul” will open a window of which the fresh air will scented the hippish lives.

    My heartiest congratulation to both of you elegant ladies!

    • soumyav June 24, 2013 / 2:37 pm

      I humbly appreciate your presence here Rafi with your gracious words . Indeed Shaheen’s works are undoubtedly the poignant thoughts which touch and influence everyreader with its grace. Iam really lucky to have been associated with her.
      It is her painting that marked the inspiration of penning this book and named after the same artwork.
      Iam sure if we have readers as you,the Suroor of the Soul surely shall touch the chord of every soul that comes across it.
      Thanks once again for wishes and compliments.

      • Rafiullah Mian June 25, 2013 / 10:59 am

        I’m really humbled by your kind words, Soumyav.
        Unfortunately, I haven’t been yet across this work on your sphere but, I’m sure if Shaheen is going to be part of your book it means your poetry has the importance at its high!
        I will try to explore the gems here!

        • soumyav June 25, 2013 / 11:13 am

          Most welcome! My honour and immense pleasure in having you here ! πŸ™‚ Hope you like and relish the world of my humble verses.

    • ssd June 25, 2013 / 6:25 am

      My dear Rafi-mian, just reading your electrifying thoughts infuses further inspiration. Am humbled that you have always relished my poetry, as you do easily relate to my heart and soul, dear Mian.

      I shan’t take further credit for the compilation of the book, as it is Soumya who endured the incredible endeavours and the long exhaustive hours she put into creating such a fine gem of a book! We are (both) fortunate to have discovered the other and mingled our creative attributes. Chashme-baduur ! May the Divine continue blessing my dear friend’s (and my co-authour πŸ˜‰ with much blessings !

      Mian, thank you for re-posting our material at your blog. Love & light to you.
      *does aadaab with my hand* πŸ˜›

  15. Yoshiko June 24, 2013 / 11:59 am

    Congratulations, Soumyav πŸ™‚

    • soumyav June 24, 2013 / 2:33 pm

      Thanks a lot Yoshiko!

      • Yoshiko June 25, 2013 / 10:54 pm

        Most welcome, Soumyav

  16. shivprasad June 24, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    hey congrats to you two.. and always I know and learn from soumya… Which in fact your book will be boosting to every individual here.. Best of luck…

    • soumyav June 24, 2013 / 2:33 pm

      Iam overwhlemed Shiv to read your thoughts about my work . Thank you so much for your generous wishes for our success .

  17. aaremo June 24, 2013 / 1:01 pm

    This is amazing, congratulations to you both! Can’t wait to read this πŸ™‚ And amazing to hear from you again Shaheen, I missed you when Blood Ink Diary disappeared. Glad you doing well — or more than just well, incredibly well! πŸ˜‰

    • soumyav June 24, 2013 / 2:31 pm

      Thanks Rory for your kind wishes and the wonderful words. And yes this is great and amazing to work with Shaheen.She would be replying to you soon

      • aaremo June 25, 2013 / 1:35 am

        You’re very welcome, great to meet you Soumyav, look forward to reading both the book and your blog πŸ™‚

    • ssd June 25, 2013 / 6:29 am

      And, you my dear Rory, I have also missed much.
      Yes, Blood Ink Diary is resting in the grave of my memory! :p
      Thank you so very much for such a soulful message, I shall email one of these days to catch up with your end of life – hope the art exhibition went superbly! πŸ™‚ Lotsa’ love.

      • ssd June 25, 2013 / 6:34 am

        Hawww! ‘you end of life’ did not sound at all a good sentence ! But….you know what I meant, as to catch up with you, dear Rory! Nay, who says I am a writer?! πŸ˜›

      • aaremo June 25, 2013 / 9:55 pm

        Look forward to catching up sometime soon Shaheen! Do you have another blog now or are you on blogging hiatus? πŸ™‚ I already miss BID! The exhibition is August, but since my book is now published and the blog tour is over I have been working hard on paintings and I’ve made some breakthroughs, settling on a certain style of slightly abstract landscapes. I will post some pics on my blog sometime. Much love, hope all is well with you and you still painting too R x

        • ssd June 28, 2013 / 2:10 pm

          As I do look forward to catching up with you too !
          Nay, I do not have another blog, nor, am I on hiatus – my blogging days at WP have come to an end…alas, but, true. Though I have my own personal website which I shall email it to you, thus, you can continue reading me there.
          Oh wow ! Congrats on the book ! May you continue to shine inspiration on the rest of us. And, yes, I wish you loads of success at your art exhibition — or shall I already congratulate your triumphant moment? Either way, I am proud of you – for I know how much you have infused into this exhibition.
          Keep carving your lovely path, my dear mate Rory !
          Much love & blessings, Shaheen

          • aaremo June 30, 2013 / 11:08 pm

            Hey Shaheen, sorry to hear you’re no longer WPing….but I look forward to reading your website and seeing more of your beautiful writing and art. In the short time I’ve known you you’ve really inspired me immensely. I even copied down some of your art advice and it helped get me back into the flow I think. It’s been a busy time, but a time of flowering πŸ™‚ Look forward to chatting again soon. Much love, Rory x

      • Ajaytao2010 June 25, 2013 / 1:37 pm

        Oh no thanks please we are friends and no thanks in friendship

        Thanks dear

    • soumyav June 25, 2013 / 11:20 am

      Thanks Nora for your lovely wishes!

  18. Wendell A. Brown June 26, 2013 / 6:57 am

    Two poets whom I love dearly…it seems the perfect blend, as your hearts always inspire and lift! You have lifted my spirit and heart today Soumyav, and Shaheen, you have touch the deep parts and together as a team you both have refreshed me! I am currently in the process of a move to another state, which i hope will come to be in the next two days, my daughter is doing well in china, so please bear with me…i feel burned out and my internet has been down for a while as it tend to a lot of personal business, but i know all will be well. I should be back soon, until then, know that you both are always the perfect blessings to me! And I am overjoyed by your new book, congratulations and much love to you both! God bless always, I will talk to both of you very soon!

    • soumyav June 26, 2013 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks a lot Wendell for your graceful wishes and blessings.Indeed it is a very exhilarating journey with Shaheen,as we both discover new facets of life while working together on this joint project. Iam sure you are good and shall settle soon in the new place and your transition will be smooth as well.
      Take your time to stabilize everything and you can catch up later. Thanks again for your kind words for bth of us.

    • ssd June 28, 2013 / 2:20 pm

      And, dearest Wendell – your comment is so beautiful – full of encouragement and inspiration – hope I and Soumya live up to your expectations as humble writers. I am grateful to Soumya for her belief in my writing ability !

      Best wishes to your daughter – am sure the experience shall cultivate a sense of superb exploration of the Chinese culture. Yes, I know you are missing, though wait for her return with incredible stories to share with you and Mrs. Brown — then you can always pen to me at my email which you already have.
      My sincere wishes for your smooth transition to another state – this shall be a new and meaningful experience in your lives and my prayers are with you at all times. Ah, do not worry about internet and/or the blooging world — sometimes it is best to have some space for other ventures. Yes, of course, you shall be (more then) well !

      Thank you very much for your love and inspiration for wishing Soumya and I — we are fortuante to have your companionship for the endeavour we have taken. May God continue to bless and embrace you at all times. Lots of love, my dear mate ! Regards to the Mrs and wishing her well for the shift. xx

    • soumyav June 29, 2013 / 3:57 pm

      Thanks a lot Sharmishta!

    • soumyav August 6, 2013 / 10:41 pm

      Welcome Rekha! And its true the encouragement makes us write more and more. Iam happy to come across a nice and natural writer like you who expresses the facts of life very casually and in a true image! Thanks for your wishes. Am on vacation and no connectivity so not able to go thru any notififcations or blogs too!

  19. lvsrao August 2, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    Congratulations. Wish you all the best.

    • soumyav August 6, 2013 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks a lot for your wishes

    • soumyav September 17, 2013 / 2:14 pm

      Aapke in behetarin shabdon avum review ke liye bohot bohot shukriya. Mere poems ka ek anokha roop aapne sabke saamne pesh kiya hai…

      • Rafiullah Mian September 17, 2013 / 3:13 pm

        Welcome Soumya, it was a very nice experience to go through the “Suroor of the Soul”!
        Kia ap nay poora review parh lia hay?

        • soumyav September 17, 2013 / 3:15 pm

          Yes, Shaheen had forwarded me,even though I had trouble in some words of Urdu,I managed to understand the depth with which you wrote . Iam really very touched and filled with gratitude to hear those expressions about my work.

        • soumyav September 17, 2013 / 3:16 pm

          It feels thrilled and elated when a reader ,who is himself of great reverence of words and poems, writes such about the after reaction

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