My copy of the Bottled Ganges arrived safely. I had a quick read and enjoyed it greatly.
I liked The Values, of course, but also God and the Translator and A Dialogue. I
look forward to reading others.
The Lord (Prof) Bhikhu Parekh of Kingston upon Hull
I enjoyed reading your collection of beautiful verses and was moved by the thoughts
these conveyed. May I single out, "A Crow Without Skin". The mention of Enoch Powell,
the Britishman and Brahma made my day.
Please keep writing. I for one will always enjoy a touch of sarcasm accompanied by
reality in many of your poems
The Lord Dholakia of Waltham Brooks OBE DL ,The Deputy Leader:Liberal Party
As its name suggests, Bottled Ganges offers the reader with a thirst for poetry a
refreshing drink that tastes at once familiar and new. Yogesh Patel observes both
the mundane and the unexpected, and is fearless in writing what he observes. In his
poem, 'Optimism', he writes that 'In the middle of Kurukshetra / Arjun is scratching
his head off'! These are poems by an 'outsider' - always a useful perspective in
the world of poetry. Patel writes of his alienation 'In the country I was born',
in the motherland, and in the land whose citizenship he has embraced, and in so many
other contexts. With his typical brand of irony, he ends with the observation that:
'Even though / I am a Freeman of the city of London / "They" truly have the Freedom
of Speech'. In 'Neither Here Nor There' he comments that truth can be 'As ugly as
they come', but no one can shut up this irrepressible poet. His words are important,
so let us read, absorb and enjoy.