About the Poet
Ashok Niyogi was born in 1955, and graduated with Honors in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata. He has been in international trade, and has traveled the world over, including a 10-year stint as an expatriate in Yeltsin’s Russia. Ashok has been published in innumerable magazines (print and online) in the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe. He has not been published in Africa, the Caribbean, or his country of origin, India and this rankles.
Ashok was schooled in Irish Christian Brothers’ schools and writes in Indian English, with whiffs of Russian, inevitable Americanisms and the odd Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, and Bengali turn of phrase. He claims to have basic survival skills in these languages. He is currently unemployed, since writing poetry is not a gainful occupation, and lives off his savings, charity, inheritances, gifts and his wife’s earnings (she is a senior corporate manager in Delhi).
He divides his time between San Francisco (where his daughters live), India, Russia, airplanes, and wherever his poetry takes him.
Ashok has two books of poetry published by A-4, India--Crossroads and Reflections in the Dark. He also has a paperback of poems entitled Tentatively, published by iUniverse, and also available as an e-book.
Cover art: "Snow On Rooftops Of Old Riga Town Seen From Spire Of St John's Church" by Jonathan Smith