“If you were born with the weakness to fall you were born with the strength to rise”
This phrase from the poem does not only sheds a beam of light on my current situation but also gives me the power to move on. Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love , loss and feminity. This book is split into four parts- the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. Every part of this book breaks you apart and makes you shed tears of sadness and showcases the instances where you can imagine as if the author is writing about our own problems. The words are easy to connect and understand with simple illustrations where it makes interesting for the readers to read this book. Before buying this book , I heard a plethora of positive things about this book from my friends who encouraged me to buy this book even more and I do not regret buying it till now.
There are many other phrases like this which will make you read this book and finish it in just one day, like a phrase where the author says that “apparently it is ungraceful of me to mention my period in public cause the actual biology of my body is too real. Is it okay to sell whats between a woman’s legs more than it is okay to mention its inner workings. The recreational use of this body is seen as beautiful while its nature is seen as ugly. I could totally relate to this stanza where a woman cannot even talk about her menstruation period because it is found as a sign of impurity in our culture, where the woman cannot enter a temple not even in the kitchen as well. Who made all these norms and who took these rights from us , again the society I think which plays it’s favourite role but this book will help you to understand the real meaning of feminism and will make you aware to the problems of woman and the roles society plays in it , which you have ignored till now.
The story of her life
Rupi Kaur was born in Punjab(India) and her father fled to Canada to escape from genocide a month after her birth. Then they stayed in Montreal and settled in a new place with the family. She began writing this poetry in high school and wanted to write it in Punjabi language , but couldn’t as the flow of the words was not as good as english. Kaur has combined both her past and present to write her poetry for Milk and Honey . She writes her poetry to reach out other girls like her who have come from the same background. She wrote this book because she has faced hardcore miseries where a member of her family raped her and where her mother faced inequalities in the family.
Just like any other family where a girl is made to keep her mouth shut and remain behind the curtains, where a woman faces domestic violence and faces numerous problems that she can only imagine , I recommend Milk and Honey to anyone that is needing words of healing. I know this book inspired me to put my work out to the people simply because I know someone may need it and these words are also for the others to understand the pain a person goes through in his/her life.
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