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Review of Mayor Jones  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: ASR | (4.0)
This is a nice limerick with proper rhyme scheme (AABBA) and reasonably proper syllabic counts:

"The standard form of a limerick is a stanza of five lines, with the first, second and fifth rhyming with one another and having three feet of three syllables each; and the shorter third and fourth lines also rhyming with each other, but having only two feet of three syllables. The third and fourth lines are usually anapaestic."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limerick_(poetry)

A good write. Keep it up.

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--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
The poem starts with:

Sing a song of Tajmahal
a fine nazm or a ghazal

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Sahir Ludhianvi, the famous poet, has already fulfilled your wish--

https://urduwallahs.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/sahir...

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As regards your poem, it's nice.

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--M C Gupta

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Review of Mirror, Mirror  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
Just great! This is a wonderful poem. The concept is unique. The description is vivid. There are no mistakes of spelling or grammar. You have dealt with the theme very well.
Keep writing.

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--M C Gupta

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Review of Invincible  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This is a good poem in rhyme and, apparently, also in meter (lines fluctuate between 13 and 14 syllables), written in flawless English. Sadly, all these qualities are not usually found in today's poetry.

He offered no regrets at all for his misguided youth
And told me of his arrogance, his rudeness and uncouth

>>> rudeness and uncouth don't gel together. One is a noun, the other an adjective.

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--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (3.5)
This article written by a Muslim doctor, tries to say that there is no express prohibition against education of women in Islam. She says--"Please, don't blame Islam as an hindrance to higher studies anymore".

The world is concerned not with what is written in Islamic scriptures but with how Islam operates in actual practice. In the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, girls schools were burnt down by Islamic zealots, saying there is no need to educate girls. In Afghanistan also, there are reports that secret classes are held for girls because they can't be educated openly. These may be stray incidents but speak a lot about how Islam, particularly of the Sunni Wahabi variety, operates.

Muslim girls and women in India have to face no such prejudices in general. Primary education is free in government schools in India. However, many Muslims prefer to send their boys to Madrasas, which are basically devoted to teaching Quran. Girls in such homes are simply not given any education.

Nobody can help a society that does not want to give proper modern education to children. Improvement has to come from within the Muslim society. It cannot come as long as the following idea prevails, as in this article--"One point I must add that as a Muslim, I have to prioritize my religion above all. So Muslim community should reconstruct the education process preserving the rules of Islam.

If the Muslim societies prefer religion over education, it is their sweet will. However, such sweet will proves to be a bitter pill.
[Otherwise, the author would have no reason to write such an article, emphasising that Islam is not against education to girls, as long as "Islam is preserved". Therein lies the bane of Islamic societies. Muslim countries are Islamic kingdoms or republics. None of them is secular. Muslims in India are lucky to be living in a secular country. That is why we have had as many as four Muslim Presidents in India (Zakir Husain, Mohammad Hidayatullah, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed and Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam).

Can a non-Muslim ever be the President of a Muslim country? No. Till then Muslims in those countries would remain deprived to a certain extent. That is bound to happen when some windows are kept closed.

--M C Gupta


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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
It is a nice poem with a lyrical quality. It is written in honour / memory of Saith, a broken kitten who healed.

I had difficulty understanding the following:

Dearly beloved Saith, sweet Saith,
Tribe leader most special,
Each loved only you in good faith.
Your expressions facial
Molded to each, in care and play,
Only you announce Chicken Day.
Molded to each,
Molded to each.
Losing tribe felt like dying may.

>>> How does the Chicken Day fit in here?


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Review of Dear Me  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
It was nice reading your goals for 2020. Now that the year is soon to end, I hope some of the goals were achieved.

I particularly liked the following goa--"Just remember to convince him to let you manage a lot of the business yourself".

I hope you succeeded:)


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--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is an interesting story and you are a good writer. Hence I am giving you full 5 stars in spite of certain mistakes :

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She was angry cause she knew.....

>>> You have used this phrase / sentence repeatedly, maybe 25 times. "Because" is the correct form.

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He could even match her fathers wealth

>>> father's

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a nice poem about the death of an old lady who died like any other person, in a non-descript way. What makes it remarkable is the simplicity of words and expression. You have done a good job chronicling the death of the old lady.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a nice poem about the death of an old lady who died like any other person, in a non-descript way. What makes it remarkable is the simplicity of words and expression. You have done a good job chronicling the death of the old lady.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of SEMANTICS  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
This poem has been rated 4.5 by seven persons, so it must be of high quality. There is no doubt it has class. The only problem is I am unable to savour what is in the glass.But that is a personal problem.

OK. To be clear, I was not able to fully understand what the poem is saying, but it is a nice poem, nevertheless!

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of BREAD  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)
This is a wonderful story. Simply wonderful!

You are able to combine, effectively, so many things in a small story--the subjugation / killing of Jews; the life in a foster home; the scourge of hunger and the heavenly smell of bread, along with Polycystic Kidney!


Your writing style is superb. Some examples:


"I remember the fresh smell of bread as it baked in the oven in our little cottage.I used to inhale that aroma in deep breaths; to me that had to be the scent of heaven. My mother kneaded that bread until her tears were mixed in the dough. At the time, I imagined it was her tears that made the bread smell so."


"I was trying very hard to become the American they wanted me to be by dreaming, making up stories inside my head, imagining I owned many things and won the Miss America contest. After all, didn't Americans dream a lot? Wasn't I part of the American dream? Plus, dreaming was a lot easier than facing reality especially at that moment."

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.5)
This is a rare read for me. I don't keep pets. None of my kin keeps a pet. As a matter o fact, Keeping pets is not very common in India. After all, one has to afford to live a decent life oneself before making life decent for others--humans or pets.

It was nice knowing about the various rituals for a dog's birthday and the inner feelings of a dog about the same. You have described all these in a clear, interesting style. There are no language errors.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Siofra  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: GC | (5.0)
I usually don't read novels, novellas and even stories except when they are small, readable in 5-10 minutes. All because of lack of time. But this one was an exception, a happy one. I had to read this novella, about 22KB, because there was no choice. You have only 2 items in your port, both novellas.And, I had to give you a reciprocal review.

The author has done a wonderful job as regards the theme, the plot, the narration and the language (which is flawless). The style is great and engaging. You are a good writer. All the best. Keep writing.


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--M C Gupta

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Review of The Sandman  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 13+ | (5.0)

This is a wonderful story, altogether new, very well told, without any mistakes at all. As a matter of fact, it introduced me to a new word--"hexes".

An example of the author's brilliant writing style--


"As an author of the romance genre, Mara was well aware that love disappointed more often than it lasted a lifetime, but still, she was unprepared for the sudden awakening from her dreamy relationship with Kyle that was in her future."

Keep writing!

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of First Snow  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a nice poem on a theme I have never come across so far--a poem about a person from distant lands, maybe an immigrant to USA, who had never seen snow earlier and saw it for the first time.

Novelty is always welcome. There are no spellings / grammatical errors.

--M C Gupta


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Review of Hannah  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
This is a small, enjoyable article about a palindrome. Many people would know the meaning of the word but few would be able to name five or even three. Here, the author gives as many as forty examples!
A job well done.

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--M C Gupta

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Review of Fix  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 18+ | (3.5)
This poem does convey what it intended to convey--summarised in the last three lines as follows--

After all this why do you need me
I can't even fix myself
But I somehow get stuck fixing everyone else.

There are no mistakes.

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--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 18+ | (3.5)
This is a long poem alternately showing the thoughts and moods of a man and a woman in relationship, with some reference to violence, vibrator, jail and death thrown in.

It is written cleverly. There are no mistakes.

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--M C Gupta

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Review of Broken Pieces  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: 13+ | (3.5)
I don't really know what to say about this item. I am a male aged 79 and have seen a bit of the world, having been an Army officer, a professor of Medicine and, since 2001, a practicing advocate in Indian courts. The writer of this item and the character of the piece are both ladies.

I am unable to fully appreciate the sentiments of the girl here. To me, they seem hyperbolic, typical of the thought that all men are demons and all women are virtuous sufferers.

I know what I wrote above may be objectionable to many, but I have to be honest in my views and I am just being honest. [However, being honest does not mean I am necessarily correct.]

The writing style is good. There are no mistakes.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Paradise  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (3.5)
This is a 10 line poem on the theme of walking in and with nature "where nightingales sing,vwhere roses and hyacinths bloom
beside fountains of fresh water,and honey bees sing their sweet tune".

Nice expression of desires and thoughts.

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--M C Gupta

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Review of Who am I?  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (4.0)
A pretty interesting take on the question--Who am I!

Once I posed this question to myself. You may like to view it:

https://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/726...

It is always nice to see a writing / picture / pattern that is different from the routine.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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Review of Doubt vs Faith  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (3.0)
This article subtly attempts to propagate Christianity. There is no problem with that because spreading / propagating a religion is a human right. But this right cannot extend to the extent that some other religion is deprecated.

Ref: Many doubt that the Christian life can be better than the one they are living now.
>>> Inherent here is a suggestion / belief that the life of a Christian is better than the life of non-Christians. This is objectionable.

There are a few grammatical mistakes.

This is a reciprocal review.

--M C Gupta

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one they are living now.


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Review of With My Own Money  
Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: ASR | (5.0)
This is a wonderful story, on facts as well as narration. It brings out very well the emotions of a child, and of the mother, as also the interplay of social strata in an Indian family. I wish I could write a story like this. However, I write only poetry (apart from my legal drafts as a lawyer).

A commendable write!

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--M C Gupta

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Review by Dr M C Gupta
Rated: E | (5.0)
This is a wonderful anecdote, stated to be from the epic Mahabharat. I never read it earlier. It has infinite wisdom and a practical message about how to live life. Thanks for sharing.

It is unusual that you joined wdc seven and a half years ago but have not set up your bio-block. You can't imagine how many people might have, in vain, tried to know a bit about you.

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--M C Gupta

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