Vihang A. Naik, born in Surat, India is a contemporary poet writing in English, widely published. He is educated from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Borada with Philosophy, English Literature and Indian Literature in English Translations. His poetry is included in various literary journals and anthologies. He also translates poetry from Gujarati language to English. He works and lives in Gujarat, India.
Awards and Other Honors: Limca Book of Records (2016); Beverly Hills Book Awards(2016); IndieReader Discovery Award (2016); Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention Award (2015); Michel Madhusudan Prize (1998).
Books Published: Vihang A. Naik’s collections of poems includes City Times and Other Poems – first published by Writers’ Workshop, Calcutta, India (1993); re-published by AuthorHouse, UK (2014); Making A Poem – Allied Publishers’ Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, re-published by AuthorsPress, New Delhi (2004); Poetry Manifesto (New & Selected Poems) – Indialog Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India (2010) and Gujarati collection of poems Jeevangeet (Gujarati Poems) – Navbharat Sahitya Mandir (Ahmedbad/Mumbai) India (2001) re-published by e-Shabd ( Ahmedabad , India)
Interview With The Poet
You have written various poetry books. How and when you decided to be a poet?
VAN : I never decided to be a poet. It is just I happen to write poetry. Ours is an age not of tall poets. One hardly finds tall poets in our age. Ours is age of poems not of poets. There are good poems by various poets, both young and old.
Your work has been featured in various journals and anthologies. Also, you have received various awards like Limca book of records, Beverly Hills Book Awards etc. How does it feel?
VAN : I strongly believe that a poem or the poet should not be judged by awards that one receives. There are many better poems or poets who pass away unnoticed. But your concern is also valid as we are in contemporary society where Award seems to be necessary evil. I feel exalted.
How do you view the future of young poets in India?
VAN : The future of young poets in India is quite promising as in India we always have ear for poetry. Poetry is in our tradition and culture. Only young poets need to sharpen their talent and vision.