Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thirst All Around

Hamza Hassan Sheikh has joined the queue of the 21st century English novelists with his debut novel Thirst All Around. It’s the first English novel in the ever history of D.I.Khan. The theme of the novel is based on the life of university students. The feelings of love, hypocrisy, jealousy, affection and flirtations are apparent among his all characters. The novel portrayed the days and nights of students in the university campus. The diplomacy among the students to win the trust of each other also discussed beautifully. They parch for each other on the warm sand of the desert of solitude. The feelings of jealousy to overcome each other to gain the sympathy of their love, the struggle to win the emotions, breaking of bond of friendships and the breaking of hearts is apparent in his novel. He has also well portrayed the greed of human beings for woman among his minor characters which shows the opposite nature of human feelings. They have no concern with true love but only have greed for human bodies. Thirst All Around is covering the thirst of everyone.
Dr. Stephen Gill from Canada wrote in flap of novel: Thirst All Around is the first novel by Hamza Hassan Sheikh, a gifted poet from Pakistan. I have gone through his two collections of poems, titles Some Moments of Love and Museum of Reminiscence, which centre on romance, and passion. Laconically speaking, these poems are about unfulfilled desires. The first novel of Hamza is also about unfulfilled desires. In addition, readers will find hypocrisy, jealousy, flirtation and infidelity here. The novel is about love that is mysterious and above any definition, yet an important aspect of every human. Hamza is a craftsman who knows how to use the tools of fiction to sketch blackmailing and man’s lust for woman. Thirst All Around is a passionate story of a soul that looks for a well of warmth, wandering in the desert of solitude. The novel deserves to be on the shelf of every library in Pakistan. 

Museum Of Reminiscence

In 2009 his 2nd collection of poems Museum of Reminiscence appeared which gained the same appreciation and recommendation from the international literary circles. The book was consisted upon 60 poems focusing not only on the past memories but also having the poems on social concern. His poetry transposed his combined feelings of hope, passion, anger and lasting affection. His short nature poems clearly reveal his life long love of the natural world.

International Review Writer and critic of England, Bernard M Jackson wrote in Metverse Muse, India;

“Hamza Hassan Sheikh a gifted romantic poet from Pakistan, it is great pleasure that his 2nd published collection has now come my way for due appraisal. A superb collection by an up-and-coming, young poet of international standing, Many will readily identify with faithfully emergent instances of his remembered past experiences, here crystallized into inspired romantic verse. Highly recommended!”  

His poems have also been translated into Arabic, Persian, Urdu and other regional languages.

Some Moments Of Love

Some Moments of Love, Hamza Hassan Sheikh’s first collection of poems is an incessant flow of beautiful love lyrics from his heart to the hearts of whole mankind. Reading this collection is simply enjoying the sweet moments of affection, charm, beauty, desires, dreams and their turning it into reality and sometimes into nightmares, hope, happiness, illusions and disappointment arising out of love. He has beautifully arranged these love lyrics into the garland of this collection which appears to be a simple and sober offering voice to love. Dr. R K Singh rightly observes, “He sounds a human voice, dominated by an elusive beloved in a poetic world which carries a deft touch with emotion and feeling.”
This maiden collection of the poet is truly a splendid work in all the way. I hope his star of creativity will shine brightly in the canopy of literature. Mr. Ejaz Rahim says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Hamza, has taken the first step. In due course of time, instinct, emotion and intellect will bear fruit and add new dimensions to his poems.”