I’m back again with a book review for The Book Files and up for review is a poetry book called City Times and other poems by Vihang A. Naik.
The book is separated into 6 segments:
- Love Song of a Journeyman
- Mirrored Men
- The Path of Wisdom
- Self Portrait
- At The shore
- City Times
Each of the sections describe the troubles related to living a city life. The poems are in free verse and the titles are actually then.woven into the poem right away. I think poetry is not only difficult to write but also as readers, it is a lot more challenging than simply reading a story. It’s difficult therefore to mark what you did and didn’t like for the fear of either sounding too foolish or too superior. In this case, I started off with apprehension since the first few poems neither had the flow of a poem nor were they easy enough to grasp in one go. The poet used so many fragmented and broken verses that it was a little trying to keep a hold of what the poem really was about.
Even though it might make me sound foolish, since this book does have quite a few rave reviews, I had decided to leave it unfinished if the next couple of poems sounded the same. This is when the change came in and things got better. The mid of the second section, Mirrored Men is where this book really picked up. Maybe it was the theme or I had finally found some topics of relatablility but the poems were a lot more connecting than the first section.
This is not to say that I was totally floored by them all. There were a couple of poems that were better than the others and I would really blame it more on my inadequate knowledge about the connection the poet was trying to make between a simple village life and a city life. I can only imagine the subtle differences and hence, the enjoyment was limited to the boundaries so set by my imagination.
Overall, it was a good read with a few hits and misses. The broken verses could have been restructured better to give the poems more flow and fluidity. A 3 out of 5 star read for me.
Disclaimer : I was sent e-copy of the book by Arudha Club in exchange of an honest review.
Until next time!