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.
The poem titled ‘Self Portrait’ starts with the diagrammatic sketch with 7 blank pages where the reader finds only 3 words at the tail-end of the page…Here “the poet envisions in an epiphanic moment, the true nature of ones self when he wakes up, ‘to see my / Self ‘ ‘discovered beyond thought’ . Between ‘my self’ and ‘discovered beyond thought’ are five blank pages. The ineffable epiphany of ambiguous. It may either suggest the discovery of a transcendental Self beyond all thought and language or it may suggest the discovery of an Absence beyond the human thought and speech.
“highly recommended works for any poetry reader.” – Midwest Book Reviews ( USA )
“First Poetry Book to have five blank pages…- City Times and Other Poems by Vihang A. Naik enters ” – Limca Book of Records ( India )
“CITY TIMES appears to be only a short book but there are worlds of images and feeling inside, created by a gifted poet with a deft turn of phrase.” – Indie Reader ( USA )
“while it may take a few readings to get the flow and the meaning, Naiks poetry is meaningful.” – Manhattan Book Review ( USA )
“”Meditations on love and wisdom…” – Kirkus Reviews ( USA )
“Reading City Times and Other Poems is a heady and illuminating experience. It’s most highly recommended.” – Readers’ Favorite ( USA )
“recommended without reservation.” – Book Viral ( UK )
“Vihang A. Naik is a master of his craft and City Times and Other Poems, along with his other works are must-reads.” – The US Review of Books ( USA )
“Each poem is well crafted, perceptive, filled with imagery…” – Reader Views ( USA )
“Vihang Naik’s poetry, City Times and Other Poems, is a gift for anyone to ponder and enjoy. Read this thought-provoking collection in an afternoon or over the course of a lifetime” – San Francisco Book Review ( USA )
“City Times and Other Poems may prove too dense or abstract for any but the hardiest and most experienced of poetry aficionados, Naik’s collection will ultimately prove a delight to any reader looking for a profound and thoughtful collection of poetry.” – Best Seller World ( USA )
“Naik’s collection under review uses stark images which capture moments in a familiar city, the scapes which the poet captures in moments of poetic revelation.” – North Easterm Review ( India )
“Naik cleverly combines divergent images and ideas uniting them with the overall theme of the necessary practice of meditative reflection on life and the use of poetry to facilitate this.” – IndianReview ( India )
“The poet has something up his sleeve to say beyond the appearances. He does not describe what things are, but what they are stirring to be, in his consciousness. Vihang Naik has proved his credentials through The City Times and Other Poems, and is a poet with a future.” – Indian Book Chronicle ( India )
More reviews and research papers at http://www.vihang.org/criticism Flexiback) [ Out of Print ] .
Note: City Times and Other Poems by Vihang Naik was first published by Writers Workshop, Calcutta (now Kolkata) ,India. ( 1993 ) with ISBNs 8171895662 (Hardback) and 8171895670 ( Flexiback ) soon went Out of Print.