A tangential look at life in America through the eyes of an enchanted explorer disenchanted with life. An acerbic but optimistic commentary on Life presented through a succession of vivid visual images.
Later, the author returns to himself in Kolkata, a paradoxical phantasmagoria, which never ceases to amaze him and seize him.
Tentatively is a tribute to the indomitable human spirit which survives in the filth that is Kolkata.
Ashok?s poetry follows no particular grammar but is a spontaneous expression of what he sees, hears, smells, touches or feels. His English is abundantly Indian (with its colonial burden) but because of his travel, the odd Russian, European or American ?ism? has crept in.
Ashok Niyogi was born in Calcutta, India in 1955. After graduating with honors in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta University, he spent more than 25 years in trade and commerce working in different parts of the world. For over a decade he was in the USSR and Russia.
He now divides his time between the US where his daughters live and India where he is based in Delhi but travels all over the country.