Words from the clandestine self 3 Reviews

By: Maham Syedain

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‘Words from the clandestine self,’ encloses inspirational quotes, short tales and poetry concocted from words of wisdom; emotions such as love, hate, death, power, fantasy and wonder. The gist of the various experiences of life and feelings that are kept well concealed from the world has convinced the writer to reflect them on paper. ‘Words from the clandestine self,’ are words not confined to a specific gender, but speak volumes of the numerous emotions expressed by men and women of all ages. It talks about the ‘hidden self,’ the part of one’s feelings not exposed to the wider world, things that are inexplicable to people but not to one’s soul.

ISBN (Digital) -
ISBN (Hard copy) 978-969-696-196-3
Total Pages 33
Language English
Estimated Reading Time 1 hour
Genre Anthology
Published By Daastan
Published On 04 Mar 2020
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Maham Syedain

Maham Syedain

A psychologist in the making who is passionate to write her heart out, an avid reader, a poetess and wherever imagination drags her, she follows the lead. Also, an Editor in Daastan fellowship program 2017.


Sep 25, 2018

Maham Syedian’s debut book, Words from my Clandestine Self is quite an intriguing read. Now, if you noticed, I referred to her work as “book” instead of selecting a more specific title such as “novel” or “short story collection.” This is one factor that really makes her book special.
The book is packed with poems and stories and thus, one cannot give a specific title. This makes the story quite unique too, for the reader is always wondering what the next page will disclose. Also, this incorporation of poems and prose really builds the interest of the reader.

In addition, the pieces of writing focus on a range of topics related to ones personal life. For example, the writer states, “I see unusual entities wearing horrifying masks” upon describing what “place” she has entered. One can really make a reference to our world for they explore peculiar objects every single day. Other pieces focus on emotions or perhaps memories which all captivate the reader.
I really enjoyed reading Syedian’s work and look forward to more in the future. Brilliant.

Yumna Ahad


May 29, 2018

Impeccable selection of words.

Ahmed Saeed


May 01, 2018

Keep up the good work

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