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 segments i.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.
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City Times and Other Poems is a collection of poems that explores different aspects and views on city life or we could say modern lifestyle. The book is divided into six sections each concentrating on a particular aspect of life; be it motivational, inspiring, emotions, feelings, memories and so on.
What strikes you best about the poems are that they are short yet deep enough to ponder and express. The verses are strong enough to leave an impact on the readers. There is an extra ordinary beauty to it, the words hold a rhythm of its own.The poet boldly expresses the current face of humanity with Mirrored Men; my personal favorite section. It convoys both dark and bright sides of life. An impressive writing style coupled with expression of deep real life thoughts makes it a great read and easy to relate.
The title and book cover could have been more appealing.
I would rate it 4.5 /5 and recommend it to all poetry lovers.
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.