For audiences in India and Pakistan, Javed Akhtar needs no introduction. His films alone have gained universal recognition and his lyrics which have been sung by some of Indias most famous vocalists, are known to everyone. Although in his verse he refers to his own shortcomings and ineffectualness, his life has been one of outstanding success.
The poems in this collection contain the poets reminiscences of his childhood, and bemoan the loss of its innocence with the passage of time. They are also about love - its complications, pains and even its joys. But even the simple love poems usually contain a much deeper message; it is up to the reader to explore the various levels of meaning for himself or herself. His verse is thoughtful without being pretentious. On the surface it appears disarmingly simple and direct, but frequently has something profound and significant to communicate.