In the Footsteps of Rumi

Modern Verse with a Whiff of the Master's Fragrance

Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural
154 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2013
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Rashid Osmani is an engineer by profession and has been a vice-president at major US corporations. He started writing poetry in 2009, following a near death experience. This is his third book to be published. He lives with his family in the Chicago area.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

In the Footsteps of Rumi…Modern Verse with a Whiff of the Master’s Fragrance was written by Rashid Osmani. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, also known as Rumi, lived in Persia during the 13th century. Rumi was known as a poet, theologian, and mystic. His spiritual legacy has lived on for centuries. Our author, Rashid Osmani, greatly admires Rumi and his poetry. He does not compare himself or his poetry to Rumi but feels that Rumi was his inspiration. The author is drawn to Rumi’s “way of thinking that inspired his poetry.” The poems in this book have been divided into four categories: Smile, Sigh, Nod, and Ponder. Each poem is followed by website comments. My favorite poem in the first section, Smile: was Tail’s Tale. The poem is cute and brought a smile to my face. The author compares the way a dog wags his tail when he’s happy to the way the narrator feels when he is around the one he loves; hence if the narrator had a tail, it would be wagging constantly when he is around the one he loves. I also liked the last poem in the Smile section: Disrobing. Disrobing refers to the intimacy of poetry. When writing a poem, the author exposes his innermost thoughts to others.

Rashid Osmani is a talented poet. His words are inspiring, interesting, and easy to understand. I wish he had dedicated his book to more of his poetry and left out the website comments. They were not needed and distracted from his art. I look forward to delving into more poetry by this author.