Riding The Tide

bookPoetry Book Review

They say every cloud does have a silver lining. It is natural. It appears along darkest of passing clouds.

But Vancouver-based poet laureate Ashok Bhargava himself created that silver-lining by putting together his latest poetry while he braved through his fight against cancerous clouds hanging over his body and mind.

Riding The Tide” is his latest anthology, which was penned in between the painful and exhausting regimes of chemotherapy. In contemplative moods, thoughts were his genial companions and words were his ardent tools.

In his dreadful ordeal, Ashok survived the big C with often porous layers of infinite positivity. He promised himself to survive.

The victorious hero came out with the bouquet of his poetry as words, plenty of them, falling into their place in natural and divine order.

“…….showering of words

 Pour down

 Delicately

 I am drenched.

“Swaying the elation

 I forget the difference

 Between pain and healing

 Between light and dark

 Between faith and doubts

Between promises our bodies make

And the ones they keep.

During the lonely and dragging moments he spent in this tormented interlude of his life, Ashok sought and found that darkness has a light too. And that makes the “Riding the Tide” an inspiring and optimistic read with an abundance of hope.

“….Even waves lift me up

 When I am about to drown.”

-By Promod Puri

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Riding The Tide

  1. Ashok Bhargava says:

    Promod ji thank you very much for attending the book launch and then reviewing my poetry with your soulful and often delicious words. You have been inspiration to me and your views often resonate with mine. Thank you ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Zile Singh says:

    Through Riding the Tide, Ashok has given the readers a guide to ” Walk the Tide.” There will be no need to ride if you can walk over it. Ashok has come out as ” A-shok ” – beyond suffering. After seeing the near-death scene, one comes out as a golden spirit; so is Ashok. His associates in the Ride are wonderful people. They were silent watchers keeping the balance. Enjoyed the launch.

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