poems titled ‘*My Afternoon Poems’* of Sh. Ashok K Mohapatra was released
at the India International Centre, New Delhi by Sh. Jagmohan, former
Governor and Union Minister in the presence of Dr. V.P. Tiwari President of
Sahitya Academy of India in a very well attended function.
Ashok K Mohapatra is himachal cadre I A S officer who retired as secy
shipping govt of india after working on various prestigious posts in
himachal govt as well as central govt
Among others who attended was the former Chief
Justice of India Sh. G.B. Patnaik, the present Supreme Court Judge Justice
Anang Patnaik, the Chief Information Commissioner of India Sh. Satyanand
Mishra former Chief Election Commissioner of India Sh. B. B. Tondon & Sh.
S.Y. Quraishi and many senior civil Servants and Police and Army Officers.
Sh. S.Y.Quraishi also addressed the large gathering.
Sh.A.K. Mohapatra, recited some of his poems
which touched the hearts of many for their poignancy. The poems are
metaphysical in character and dwell on the philosophical aspects of life.
While speaking about his book , he said that he wrote these poems in his
fifties when he entered into ” afternoon of his life” and hence the book
was named thus.The book contains total 101 poems written in a period of
over 10 years in the last years of his carrier.
Sh. Jagmohan while commending the poems compared some of them with the
thoughts of Saint Kabir, Sri Nirala and some other towering Urdu poets.
Dr. V.P. Tiwari President of Sahitya Academy
of India said that this anthology steered in the philosophical traditions
of India is noticeable a new trend in Indian literature.