Shiv Nirmohi releases Ashok Sharma’s ‘Sundry Thoughts’

Prof Shiv Nirmohi and others releasing Ashok Sharma’s book at Udhampur on Thursday.
Prof Shiv Nirmohi and others releasing Ashok Sharma’s book at Udhampur on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, July 22: `Sundry Thoughts’- an anthology of poems in English language composed by Ashok Kumar Sharma, was formally released by well known writer and Padamshree awardee, Prof Shiv Nirmohi, at a simple but impressive function, here today.
The said book by Ashok Kumar Sharma, who is serving as Sr Lecturer (English) in Govt Higher Secondary School, Thial (Udhampur),
The said book contains 67 poems divided into three parts. The part one titled REFLECTIONS’ comprises poems of spontaneous thoughts resonating in the poet’s sensitive mind. The poet delves deep into various aspects of human life and strives to find answers to the questions pertaining to the real purpose of life and how to live it in a meaningful way. ‘ODES’ which is the second part, deals with the Odes on common inanimate & abstract things/emotions such as Kitchen, Letter, Smile, Pain, Rose, Memory, Courage etc.
The poet has personified all these non living things & abstract ideas/emotions and brought before the readers’ eyes the beautiful imagery of these objects, which few poets have dared to include in their poetry. ‘CELEBRATIONS’, the third part of the book inspires the readers as to how to celebrate various aspects & facets of life to live it fully. For instance the poem ‘Aging with Grace’ exhorts the people to face aging with a smile as it is a natural phenomenon and every creature born on the earth will age and face death & decay. The foreword to the book has been written by Prof Shiv Nirmohi.
This is Ashok Sharma’s second book of poetry published after his first book ‘Love Enigmatic’ was released on April11, 2021.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Nirmohi said that the book deals with the various shades of life such as love, courage, death, pain etc and termed it as a must read for the literature lovers especially those studying Indian poets writing in English. He said that though the book is titled ‘Sundry Thoughts’, the poet seems to have been lost into profound meditations to get the elixir of great sublime thoughts, which he has endeavoured to preserve in the beautiful & apt words.
Others who were present on the occasion, included well known writer and archaelogist Anil Paba, Prof Sunil Bhardwaz, K Kumar, Riaz Ahmed, Sumit Magotra, Tushar Padha and Abhinav Sharma.