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.

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.

“City Times And Other Poems” is a collection of poems written by Vihang A. Naik. The book has been divided into six parts. Each part contains few poems in it. The first part,” Love Song Of A Journeyman” contains seven poems. All the poems of this section were beautifully expressed but “How Long” and “The Flower” was my favourite. “Mirrored Men” , the second section of the book has also lovely poetry in it. “Truth is a mirror” was one of the most lovely poem of this section. The title of the third part is “The Path Of Wisdom.” It was very difficult for me to choose one or two poem from this section because this whole section contained the most amazing poems. “Self Potrait”, the fourth part is quite a small one but a single one just nailed it. The fifth section, “At The Shore” has seven poems in its basket and all the seven poems are praise worthy. Last but not the least, the sixth part; “City Times” has also collection of those super awesome stories. “On Visiting Grandfather’s House” and “City Voice” were two most interesting poems. Being more a novel reader and a short story writer, I have not much interest in poetry. But after reading this book, I realized that poetry is small but in those small words it contains deep meaning. I loved the writing style of the author. Adding icing to the cake point was that the author has used such an easy language that I was able to understand all the poems in a go. Not only me, but any person picking up this book would understand and completely enjoy reading it. 

RATING : 5/5



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