City Times and other Poems by Vihang A. Naik – Book Review

Here is the second review of the day, though I finished reading them earlier, the reviews had to wait till today!

This is a book of poetry, City Times and other Poems by Vihang A. Naik.

About the book:

Vihang A. Naik throws light on the life of a city in all its shades, glory and misery in his City Times and Other Poems. It is an anthology of his intuitive and philosophical poems. The Poems are divided in 6 segmentsi.e. ‘Love Song of a Journey Man’ is more or less an inner travelogue, The segments, for instance, ‘Mirrored Man’ is about the other chimeras in the city .The people in the city are capricious like the walk of a crab or the colours of a chameleon. While, ‘The Path of Wisdom’ is about the beginning of meditation and knowledge. ‘At the Shore’ records the poet’s sense of futility, memory, pain, exile and alienation at the shore of life. The title of this collection is also the heading for the last of its six sections, in which the city is unfolded as a market place, as a heaven for underdogs, and as a seed bed of change and is observed at evening, at mid-night, by moon light and through fog and haze.


About the Author



Vihang A. Naik was born in Surat, Gujarat on September 2, 1969. He is India s contemporary poet writing in English. His poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies along with some significant e-publications. Four collections of his poetry have been published: Poetry Manifesto: New & Selected Poems (2010), Making A Poem (2004), City Times and Other Poems (1993). His Gujarati collection of poems include Jeevangeet (Gujarati Poems) in 2001, dedicated to the cause of victims of Gujarat Earthquake of January 26, 2001. He also translates poetry written in the Gujarati language into English, including his own Gujarati language poems.He is educated from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda with English Literature, Indian Literature in English Translation and Philosophy. He had his primary schooling from Navrachna School in Baroda, Gujarat. He took teaching as a profession serving in colleges since 1996 in Gujarat. He lives and works in Gujarat. India.




Review:



The poems in the book are in free verse. In simple and lucid language, the verses do strike with their beauty and imagery. I loved the way the reader travels across in the journey as the pages turn. It is a wonderful collection for any poetry lover. Philosophical and captivating, the words make us reflect and ponder over the words and verses. 

Poetry is indeed able to tell so much without the use of many words, and that’s the beauty of these verses too. They leave the reader’s mind rolling into thoughts with those simple words. The imagery created by the poet is indeed beautiful.

I feel it is a collection worth having by any poetry lover.

That’s it for now! Hope to be back soon with my own work.

Thanks for reading. 

Stay blessed and happy!

S.F.R.

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