Candling the Light is a collection of unassumingly plain meditations on everyday life shorn off the usual poetic embellishments. They are soothingly optimistic considering the tension-fraught world that we live in.
- K. Satchidanandan,Noted Poet & Literary Critic of India
In Candling the Light the poet looks for the cosmos in the depths of his own heart and asks questions from the universe to know himself and the meaning of human existence.
- Prof. Guzel V. Strelkova, Moscow State University
Candling the Light is about poet's desire to make difference to someone's life through his poetry. When he reminisces about the past he is moving. Recollections of his grandmother and father strike a deeply poignant note that we can identify with.
- Jehanara Wasi, Editor of several books of poetry
Abhay K.'s poetry gives Indian English poetry a fundamentally new supranational character, at the same time preserving traditions.
- Prof. Irina Burova, St. Petersburg State University
Through the poems in the collection Candling the Light, Abhay K. brings out the beauty and grace of the human mind in meditation, through well-chosen words that fit into rare aesthetic patterns.
-Dr.A.J.Thomas, Editor, Indian Literature
Candling the Light is, arguably, the most refreshing and noteworthy of Abhay K.'s works till date, especially in its orientation around key human emotions and experiences, like love, loss, family ties, spontaneous kindness from a stranger et al.
- Gautam Chakrabarty, Ast. Professor Eng. Lit. Delhi University