Hello author, on behalf of all the readers, we would like to discuss something about you and of course, your book as well. This conversation will help reader to know more about you and your debut book.
Criticspace: Most welcome to Criticspcae, Author. We heartily congratulate you for being a published author. It’s really a great achievement. First thing, we would like to know about your basic info as a person, daily life, career so far and anything you would like to share about you with your readers.
Vihang Naik : I don’t think that it is I who selected the medium. I was just taking a morning walk and some struck me or rather flashed. It was the first experience. It was not leave me until I put it down on paper. There is it. I was done. At first where were some words and some formation of rhythmic variations. Soon it formed in to lines and verse though not strictly rhymed words in old way or one can not call it verse in defined way as well. But it came out nice to the ear and visual as well. Look there was a poem.
I then kept practice. Composed not as per my wish or desire but at first it would flash and then I would develop it by chiselling and giving a final touch. I think poetry writing is an art which can be developed my any one. There is a poet in ever person. The only thing is that it has to be awakened and encouraged. While that was school.
I then did some odd jobs lick I was reviewing of local page of The Times of India when I moved to Ahmedabad from Baroda which I did often. Then I taught at some colleges. But most passionate would be creative writing or some call it poetry.
Criticspace: That’s really great; please tell us something about your journey of becoming an author. When you actually started writing and how was the circumstance? Did any person or situation influenced you to write your debut book or was it your childhood hobby of writing?
Vihang Naik: I am glad that you asked that question. I don’t think it was some person or situation or circumstance. Well, it might be. But one thing is sure that some thing would happen inside me or call it faculty of intuition. Or mixed within me that would make me compose , put it down on paper. But offcourse, I would read all kinds of poetry , prose. One has to be a good reader first in order to be good writer.
Criticspace: Please tell the reader something about your book. What is your message to those readers who have still not read the book? Why they should pick it up for reading?
Vihang Naik: The first book that I wrote I burnt it I confess I don’t know why. But when I now think was it must have been , perhaps , been reflecting other writers more. But remember, I thought about the writing process and kept on analytics tools with me. After that I created poetry circle at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and would have weekly readings. I was encouraged by some of the prominent literary personalities and most significant literary critics and some good friends who are not into the area of writings.
If you consider the published history of my writing then City Times and Other Poems turns out to be the first when then went on to enter Limca Book of Records and other significant awards.
Criticspace: And yes, the most important thing we would like to hear from you is what is your message to those new writers who have not yet started their journey of becoming an author? You have been their source of motivation, please convey your thoughts with them.
Vihang Naik: I usually have no message to young authors or poets. But as it is never consider writing as unimportant. It has some degree of value. If you have written a some thing which you like or may not like. You can show it to your friends or form a circle of your own. Read a lot. Search. I am sad that I never had a google. Now you can search the best of the writing in web as well. And then let it be there for some time. After some time you can revisit that writing. And if it stays then it is good writing. You will certainly make a mark.
Criticspace: That’s really great! We wish you all good luck for your literature career.