The Poetry of Vihang A. Naik: New Literary Dimensions by Goutam Karmakar

 

About the Editor

Goutam Karmakar is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the department of English, Barabazar Bikram Tudu Memorial College, Sidhu-Kanhu-Birsha University, West Bengal, India. He is also a PhD Research Scholar at the department of Humanities and Social Science, National Institute of Technology Durgapur (NITD), India. He is an Associate Editor (research section) of Setu: A Bilingual & Peer-Reviewed Journal of Literature, Arts & Culture published from Pittsburgh, USA and interview editor of Verbal Art: A Global Journal Devoted to Poets & poetry and Phenomenal Literature: A Global Journal Devoted to Language & Literature. His essays, research papers, book reviews and poems have been published in many reputed International Journals. He has taken interviews of many notable Indian poets in English. He seeks interest in Indian English Literature, Marxism and Post Marxism, Postmodern and Postcolonial literature, Gender Studies, Ecocritical Studies, Dalit Literature, Mythology, Folklore and Culture Studies. He can be reached at goutamkrmkr@gmail.com.

About the Book

In The Poetry of Vihang A. Naik: New Literary Dimensions, edited by Goutam Karmakar, Naik reaches into the past and future. These are poems of friendship, of love’s stranglehold, of the streets and buildings where history is played out. Elegiac and bittersweet, the poetry features Naik at his best. This collection is valuable from the beginning, not only for its originality, but with the depth and fullness with which the poems communicate internal and external human states. They tell of the world of attitudes arising from inner, strong connections, highlighting emotions that usually carry dilemmas, so that we see such ethics lead to great truths and create wellbeing —- Form by “Preface” by Patricia Prime.

REVIEW :

The book is an overview of poet Vihang Naik’s work throughout these years. All the essays are based on his poems and the topics that has been touched by the author has been thrown light upon. If you have read the poets work you will definitely love it as you may get to know so much more about your favorite poem having so much more depth than just what you thought it contained. A brief overview of the poets work from 1) City times and other poems, 2) Making a poem 3) poetry manifesto 4) Jeevangeet

The cover has been kept simple for the purpose to maintain the uniqueness. References of few poems are also given if some idea has been used from the other poets. Vihangs sir poems ranges from life to different emotional roller-coasters. The technicalities and various levels the poet is thinking about.Brilliance of the poems and how beautifully the metaphors are used by the poet. The strength and weakness of the poems are also discussed. If you want to look at the literary dimensions of his poems you should read this book. Helped me get more insight on poems. A great descriptive read and made me learn more about poetry and poems in general. An informational read.

overall – 4/5.

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Pyjamas are Forgiving by Twinkle Khanna

 

 

BLURB :

There sitting on that porch, that light-eyed man, a pitta like me, was my ex-husband and that woman whose inner element I was unaware of, unless bitch is accepted as an undiscovered fourth dosha, was his young wife.
In the serene sanctuary of Kerala’s Shanthamaaya spa where food is rationed, sex forbidden and emotions centered, Anshu meets someone familiar and deeply unsettling – her ex-husband. Bittersweet, funny and wise, Pyjamas Are Forgiving confirms Twinkle Khanna as one of our great storytellers.

REVIEW :

Having read all the other books by the author I really had high hopes with this one and read the whole book with much anticipation. The cover is incredible and really adds on to the whole look with the white cover. The title of the book is marvelous and relatable to everyone as we all really like being ourselves into the pajamas and pajamas never judge.

As far as the content is concerned the plot line chosen was overall fine but somewhere in the execution it didn’t touch hearts like it always does. The humor always was on point and you will definitely get to learn many new words in the book. The first few pages of the book really holds you through after a while you lose interest in the story. The story revolves around Anshu’s emotions and the ashram she is in Kerala’s Shanthamaaya spa . Pace of the book is slow. Not a page turner after a while.

Characters failed to put a mark over the story. The author tried to touch upon the #metoo movement. The dialogues seemed bland. The book is a one time read. Extensive detailing could have been cut off but overall an okay read.

overall -3/5

Leader of millions by B P Senapati Durgesh Nandini Das.

 

 

 

BLURB –

Vijay is like any of us. He belongs to a middle-class family with loving parents and a girlfriend by his side,he wants get a job and after few years of job experience dreams to establish his own business like millions of other, but fate has some different plans. Corrupt system forces him to enter into the dirty game of politics. He gains power to avenge his antagonists, The only thing that makes him different is his ideologies. He believes in everything Gandhi once believed in. He believes in setting things straight by talking rather than unnecessary fights. Being a Gandhian, his strategy is something unusual . . . his revenge isn’t ordinary . . .

 

REVIEW –

Starting off with the cover of the book it is really very okay and didn’t go as much with the book content. Could have been made much more better. The title is okay made sense in the end. So this is a romantic story which ends up with so much patriotism and servicing others. How helping someone is really important and taking a stand for something could change your life. The first half of the book goes about with the story of Vijay and Priya and there love life where as the other half deals with the twist that changes their life for good. The authors have done good work with the flow of the story. I felt it could have been shortened. The book quality could have been better I feel the pages starts to tear off sooner. The pace of the book is slow. Themes covered is romance and being selfless. You will enjoy reading the book as it has a genuine story which could have happened to anyone. What I really liked how it is a different story and is not the same old usual romance the different pick of the plot is what unique. Also the book did not feel as it was co-authored and felt like one author wrote it so kudos to the authors for that. Simple and easy to understand story. The book also teaches you how leadership is and all the sarcrifices one has to make.

things that you will like : story plot.

things that you will not like : grammatical errors, cover and no proper execution of the idea of the book.

a one time read.

overall -3/5.

THE 7 TRANSGRESSIONS by Kavya Sharma (poetry)

 

BLURB :

You, yourself, as much as any-body in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. – The Buddha In India, WHO estimates that the summation of mental health problems is of the tune of 2,443 DALYs i.e. disability-adjusted life years per 100,000 population, and the age-adjusted suicide rate per 100,000 population is 21.1. In the wake of a time where mental health is a serious concern worldwide, evaluated awareness is the priority. Keeping in our minds and hearts the cause and the need to reach out, the poems in this anthology cover varied struggles and emotional stages of individuals suffering from mental health illnesses. Let us begin by realizing the impact mental health illnesses can have on people- their body, mind and soul. Let us begin by realizing that mental health is an illness that needs to be treated and dealt with utmost care and assiduity. It is through these poems; the work of art and imagination that we intend to empathize and extend our hands to one and all alike. Through the seven transgressions, we extend our regards and affection.

 

REVIEW :

Finished reading the book in one go. Really beautifully weaved by 7 authors on mental health and related topics. The cover is amazing showing the beauty or one’s mind and how it keeps growing wallflowers inside. Also shows how one may be quiet on the inside but so much might be blooming inside ones mind and body. Altogether all the poets did a great job to make you think. Consume and write more poetry. The book deals with anxiety, not feeling enough , depression and how you try to break through changes and live.

Many relatable poems and stanzas which will grow on to you. The title also falls along the lines of the books content. Had a great read. Will definitely stir emotions within and remind you of times that you might have had in your life.

Poignant poetry book.
Overall -4/5

 

Satrangi Syaahi (Hindi Poetry) by Surendra Kumar Gupta, Neha Jindal.

 

 

BLURB :

As the rainbow deck up the sky with its beautiful mesmerizing colours, in the same way a human heart is an enchanting canvas of colourful emotions. The stark red paints love and passion, blue the gloom, the bubbly pink immerses you in the carefree memories of childhood and white depicts the gravity of mood. Satrangi Syaahi is one such collection of beautiful Hindi poetry that captures vivid emotions of human heart and takes you on a beautiful journey, Life. This collection of poetry is a reflection of emotions of two authors Surendra Kumar Gupta and his daughter, Neha Jindal (author of Phases of Moon). Experience the colours of life through this emotional web of words.

REVIEW :

Satrangi syahi is a collection of poems from different themes weaved into one book of revelation. Co-authored by two people some poems are by one and then the other. The title is okay as per the content of the book. Cover is colourful and composed. The blurb doesn’t give much about what the book contains or what kind of poem. I thought the book will be random poems from different walks of life but then it consists of sections such as vyang,Bundelkhand ke Gaurav,deshprem,bhavbhini and chanikaaye. The book has 53 poems. They vary in length some being 4-5 lines and some extending more. Some poems in the book really spoke to me. I wasn’t expecting Patriotic poems in the book but they were written pretty good as well. Keen observations and feelings that we go through have been put up in the poems. Some poems will exactly be like how you perceive upon a topic. A good book but I was expecting more. A short read but will definitely refreshen you up.
Overall -3/5

Voice of the soul by Shreyans Kanswa(Poetry)

 

BLURB :

How does it feel to lie just by yourself and delve into the silence. The silence that is a path to deeper self, a self that is unexplored. That same unexplored self can also be regarded as the soul.

While the time ticks on the clock, a bond with your soul is timeless. Such metaphors are rendered powerless when a conversation is created with oneself.

These poems mean more than just words, they scream soulfulness. It is rather weird that we go looking for answers outside when all that we have to do is seek deeper within ourselves. The poems are experiences that the poet shares with the world, and these experiences are nothing fancy- they are all moments that the poet experiences with himself. They are questions risen from inquisitiveness and introspection.

 

REVIEW :

The cover is a beautiful depicting so much about oneself. The poems range from variety walks of life. The poems are written poignantly trying to get the essence of life and nature together. Alot of new words you will get to learn. The title is what really makes it all the more beautiful. How a soul has so much within that we could envelope it into such little words and feelings. Theme of the poems vary accordingly from love to nature. The poems are really relatable to everyone we might have felt so one time or the other.

The imagery formed by every poem takes you through different emotions and in sets where you keep wondering.
Overall a beautiful book of poems giving more insight to oneself and to life.

4/5.