November 13, 2016

Book Review: City Times & Other Poems by Vihang A. Naik

Author: Vihang A. Naik
Genre: Poetry collection
Publishers: Authorhouse UK

Vihang Naik’s “City Times & Other Poems” is a collection of several poems that have been penned down in a skillful manner. The best part of this poetry book is that the poems are not restricted to one particular topic. The poet has depicted his ability to think out of the box. The poet has presented various ideas under different sections like Mirrored man, love songs of a journeyman, self-portrait, city times, etc., and the effort of keeping the interest of readers intact, cannot be ignored.

The cover of the book is something different; however, it failed to appeal as I was expecting something abstract. Since I received an ebook, I cannot comment on the print quality. There are no prominent editing mistakes.

The verses or stanzas are easy to understand and have been framed beautifully. The poems have an exclusive depth and reach out for a wider horizon. The poet has been successful in putting forward his perspective. Perhaps the poet has gone over all the topics with a fine-tooth comb and eventually has gotten down to a fine art.

Some of the poems really touched my heart; reading between the lines, I was able to relate and comprehend. ‘City times’ is not only about positivity but also describes our deepest fears and other pessimistic elements like the dawn of darkness on the human soul and change in humanity. Change is good, but definitely not this one. Exposing the dark side of human nature and simultaneously talking about the sweetest pleasures of life, the poet has done a commendable job is striking a perfect balance.

Most of the poems do not follow any particular rhyme scheme. The free verse doesn’t fail to impress. I wished, however, that the book’s title was more interesting. Even omitting ‘Other Poems’ could have been better.

Overall, a good read with an enjoyable collection of poems!

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