• Sushma Ramesh

Book Review- The Octopus Curse: A Collection of Clingy Poems by Salma Farook

Updated: Jul 26, 2020



  1. Book Name: The Octopus Curse: A Collection of Clingy Poems

  2. Author: Salma Farook

  3. Publishers: SeaShell Publications

  4. Price: 699 INR for Hardcover ( its free on Amazon kindle unlimited)

  5. Available on: Amazon


About the Book:


Science would have us believe that we are nothing but cell upon cell. I disagree. We are made up of stories. The stories we hear from our mothers, the ones we tell our daughters. The tales we share with sisters and friends. The ones we never say out loud, but are heavy on our minds and run like a fever in our blood.


There are a multitude of great divides between us; race, religion, cultures, the way we dress, the languages we speak, but the stories we tell bridge us together in the universal tongue of smiles, tears, pain and laughter. They remind us that, as women, we’re all chasing similar fairytales.


This book is a call to celebrate the bridges, delight in our stories and to focus on the joy in our lives right now, rather than racing behind the happily-ever-after. That will come in it’s own time.


About the Author:


Salma Farook is a Seychelloise doctor, writer and poet. A mental health and positive-thinking advocate, she strongly believes in the role of interfaith harmony and the power of words in making a positive impact on the world. She was born in Seychelles to two ‘very Indian’ parents. She grew up on the islands and went on to complete Med-school in India. She believes the scenic beauty of the Seychelles and the cultural impact of one of the world’s oldest civilisations gave her the best of both worlds. Although adept at observing tiny quirks in people and fascinated with the mechanics of human relationships, she regularly pushes doors that very clearly say PULL. She currently lives on Mahé with her husband.


My take on the book:


This book is a collection of beautifully written poetry which are divided into 6 sections. Each of these section starts with some very interesting facts about octopus and correlating them to a woman in a way were truly intriguing and fascinating for me! These poems are short and easily understandable even for a beginner. They dont rhyme and I think thats the beauty of it! I am usually not the type who reads a poem because I find them very difficult to read and understand but this book interested me because of its gorgeous cover and its unique title. I could not stop myself from turning the page and I finished it in just one sitting! Many of the snippets were so relatable and heart soothing to me and I was teary-eyed with the topics the author has touched.


Also, the beautiful illustrations throughout the book literally has my heart as I’m one big sucker for mehndi! Thanks to the author for making me realize what I have been missing out in my life through these poems! It’s one of those books which makes you get lost in it and be found there inside. I’m so glad that I picked this book and I would highly recommend this book to everyone for its beautifully written poems, for those stunning illustrations and obviously its a gorgeous treasure to your bookshelf! I would definitely go back to read these poetries again whenever I’m lost or feeling low in my life.


My ratings: * * * * *


Will I recommend this book?


Yes! its a must read if you love poetry. it will make you fall in love with Poems if you haven’t read them till now ❤


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