The most interesting part about a poet’s journey is how they become a poet. The poet’s childhood, upbringing, education and decision making reflects in their art.
Vihang A. Naik hails from the Indian state of Gujarat. He has traveled extensively as a child and as an adult and he tends to incorporate all of his experiences in his poems. He often includes socio-political issues in his poetry and highlights on the impediments in human life.
An example of the above would be his collection of Gujarati Poems ‘Jeevangeet’ (2001) that he wrote and dedicated in the honor of the victims of Gujarat Earthquake (2001). The impact of the earthquake is magnified yet healed with his words. He throws light on the suffering and loss of humans and humankind.
Other works of his include City Times and Other Poems (1993), Making A Poem (2004) and Poetry Manifesto (2010). His poems have won numerous awards and have appeared in notable anthologies and literary journals. The impact of his poems is enlarged as many of them have been translated to various languages like Japanese and German. He himself translated his own poems to English.
Mr. Naik has had a successful career as an English Professor. He began his journey as a lecturer of English in 1996 and retired as an associate professor in March 2019. In the 23 years he switched and taught at different colleges within Gujarat.