Book Review of Making a Poem by Vihang A Naik

I have heard so many people praising and talking about the marvelous writings of Vihang in his book. When I finally picked it up, I was in awe of his writing style, his strength and his determination to rise up against all the odds. When I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop in between. I finished it in about two hours and I was touched. I did go back to a few of his verses to think more deeply and yes, I did note some of them down to gain strength during difficult times in the future.

I received the product on time. So kudos to the logistics team. I love this book. There’s absolutely nothing not to love about it. The cover of the book is so soft and velvety, it’s quite different from the usual paperback covers. Also, love the combination of black and white colors on the cover. Every bit of the verses has life in them. I highly recommend purchasing it! One could just pick up the book and start from any random page. That’s the beauty of this book.

I loved the format of the book and the way it was written. To be honest, I’m a fan of fiction novels but I do appreciate the conveyance of powerful emotions through a few lines. I also admire the knowledge and word power of the author in his writing.

There were lines in this book that I loved and there were lines that I found very simple in comparison. I would definitely recommend this book. It can be read in one sitting. It makes you think and reflect on the life of a poet and obviously “Making A Poem”. I hope more people read books like this and change their mind-sets regarding Indian poets. Vihang has done really well with this book he has centered his theme to “Poet” and “Poem” which will be loved by every poetry lover as well as writers.

I want to talk about two poems that touched me the most in this book – A Matter of Life and Poet As a Young Man A Matter of Life, the thought process of the poet is appreciable. Though it’s very short, I really enjoyed the brilliance of this short poem.

How about making a poem within

a poem? you smell the Ocean and

the sand. A life within a poem.

She composed herself from the surf.

About the book, I just can’t express in words how good the book is there, it’s just so mesmerizing! It speaks right to the heart. The feelings along with verses are pretty interesting. If you are not into poetry, pick this up and try it and you’ll really like it. But if you love poetry well it’ll be an amazing one to be part of your collection! It’s very emotional, empowering of sorts and you can connect in a lot of ways. Author’s Bio: Vihang A Naik, born in Surat, India on September 2, 1969, is a contemporary poet writing in English, widely published and won many awards. He is educated from The M S University of Baroda with Philosophy, English Literature and Indian Literature in English Translations. His collections of poems include City Times and Other Poems (1993), Making A Poem (2004), and Poetry Manifesto (New & Selected Poems) (2010). More of his literary info can be found at http://www.vihang.org

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