Since ages, poetry has been considered the voice of heart of a poet. The poems has always solaced the various emotions of the mere mortals, who have been entangled in the labyrinth of varied emotions. Those emotions which have been a part and parcel of our life and we are bound to live those. Those emotions which we are accustomed to encounter on a momentary or everlasting basis could not be portrayed better than the celebrated poet; Vihang Ashokbhai Naik.
Mr. Naik who entered into the Limca Book of Records for his debut poetry collection; City Times and Other Poems has been a prolific poet in English and Gujarati. A retired Associate Professor (English) , Mr. Naik has taught in various college before retiring recently in March 2019. His poetries have been widely read and published. He received Michel Madhusudan Prize in 1998 for his works. In the words of Mr. Naik;”To me poetry is fusion of thought and feeling” which was quite evident in his Jeevangeet(Gujarati) as his poetic heart withered after the disastrous earthquake in 2001. His poems have been independent of any particular region which has been quite evident in the translations which include Japanese, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese. Being an avid translator himself, he has translated his works into Gujarati & English.
Poems and experience have a unique trait to be a late blommer! The works of Mr. Naik have got received wide recognition in the recent times as he has been awarded IndiReader Best Book in 2015, Beverly Hills Book Awards in 2016 and Book Excellence Award in 2017 apart from getting published in various literary journals of international repute.