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Agnijashatadalama (fireborn lotus) the monthly, English newsletter for you!

It will start its journey on 1st day of Bengali New Year, 15th April 2018 if you want it send me a mail (sermistabasu@gmail.com) or leave your email id here, in the comments section, whichever you prefer.

It is free.

it is in English.

Very small in size (in case you are intimidated by my huge Ezines)

It will contain spoilers from the Ezines and my other books. Hope you will enjoy them!

This one will follow English Calendar.

I will keep the email ids for permanent, if you want your name off you will have to again write to me and tell me you want your name to be removed from the email list!

have a great day!
Love.

Sharmishtha Basu
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Durgapuja 2020 from Haridevpur

This year I went out for a change, hoping this will be my last year in this disgusting city I decided to go out and take a trip in the neighbourhood, check out the pandals for a change, so I went out on Saptami morning armed with my camera and a blessed day welcomed me.

I went to four pandals that were in walking distance, of course Ekchallis Palli club puja and my own neighbourhood puja don’t know the name of the other two. They were on each side of Adiganga.

I was lucky, blessed enough to see arati in two of the pandals, one being Ekchallis Palli, I recorded it but my blogs cant upload videos and I have deleted my YouTube account so they will be for my personal delight!

But I took tons of pix and some of them are put together for subscribers of Agnijashatadalama, here is the newsletter for you-

Click to access 11-agnijashatadalama-november-2020.pdf

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Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020 critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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Critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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Hi friends, let us begin!

Shraban issue begins with tribute to legendary writer Michael Madhusudan Dutta. I have not read any of his works outside the ones that were in text book, am not a big fan of his writing, the only reason is I can’t understand his works!

Paise hotel salesman by saptarchi: This is exactly the level to which Indian politicians have reduced themselves during last election and they have gone so much lower since then!

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 5: It would have been nice if there had been no human babies, mother earth would have been really pleased!

When Gold went on a trip by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: This was a smart twist in the story, let us see where it leads the story.

Split impunity by Troy David Loy: Dr. Jeckyl and Miss Hyde? Will love to read more of this one.

I see it NOW… by Dom Collucci: another great poem Mr. Collucci, beautiful words of wisdom. Simple and beautiful.

Bitter Pill dose 34 by Bitter Pill: Secular India 1: Hindus are the huge majority of India, but that did not prevented Indian governments for decades to subdue them and neglect them, turning them into the thugs they are now.

Crows 4 by Brendan: Beautiful peace. The feelings of the narrator could be felt so vividly. Well written!

The Tilbaroo station by Pat Ritters 2: Beautiful story of a newlywed couple’s new life!

Treats:

5 lovely shots- from Agni’s July photography, a cute selfie and a beautiful set of pix.

It is a very nice gesture to share the request made by her friends in Linkedin, you can never tell who may get interested in one of their offers. I just sifted through them, not into this line so…

His life worth living by Pat Ritter: Sounds like a good story.

Pikatron by Troy David Loy sounds like a great reading material with fractals as added beauty!

SBs’ book in amazon, Moments from the Journey and butterflies for life’s garden, two books in Amazon. Will be checking on them, maybe grab a copy and critique them too!

Interview with an intercultural person Kiran Bhat, great interview, thanks for sharing Agni. Kiran certainly has lived a full life! His book sounds interesting if not cheerful!

Rasoolan Bai- Never heard her name before here. Heard a few songs in YouTube and liked them.

Linda Blair: She was quite an actress. Wonder what prevented her from becoming a star.

Girish Karnad- Always loved this actor. He was so gentle, sophisticated and sweet!

Youtubia-Dhruv Rathi- Watched a few episodes, he is smart and the type of person India really needs these days.

Minutes Together: The slap is hilarious.

Loved the Bengali poem and the hindi poem both. Thank you for adding my work Shraban in your ezine Agni.

Shatadhanu- Being born as a dog only for talking with a hypocrite! Really harsh punishment!

TnW- good tip!

Scaredy Stick- True again Mr. Stick, your fears are quite valid.

The sketches all through the ezine were pretty, very colourful and lovely.

That is it I guess! See you again next month, and thank you Agni/Sharmishtha for translating my works!

Yours sincerely,
Labanya

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Agnijaat Bhadra 1427 August 2020 critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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Critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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The fourth birthday of Agnijaat was on 17th July! The annual issues were received and read, the critiques are out!

The ezine starts with reminder of upcoming Mahalaya, there is a malmas or a month in which there won’t be any auspicious activity after Mahalaya, so Durgapuja will happen in end October. I don’t recollect it happening ever before.

Indie Author Speaks 15: Genuine booklovers are vanishing from India, most probably the mindset of Indians has changed or they just picked up the habit from British. After all, had Indians been fond of reading books there would have been books in India. Lot more in no. before British showed up.

FTQFS: Let the world be, precisely, no matter how much we wish or try we rarely can change others, so, as long as they are not harming, meddling let them be.

Techbabble: Agreed again! If one checks out the critiques of different things one thing is crystal clear, a huge percentage are from paid critiques.

Corona diaries and Kolkata blues: The failure to take necessary steps was the first step of worthlessness of the government, they are now proving they are not only incompetent but remorseless monsters. When the country is dying for medical facilities these ghouls are building temples and celebrating that by decorating the city with light!

SOS: Liars certainly sometimes convince themselves that they are saints or victims or innocent.

Intriguing Tales: This one should be a lesson to copycats! If you copy someone too well you may attract his/her enemies too!

History of India: Interesting part about why only few cities are more than few centuries old.

My Pen: Migrant lives matter: We do love to scream hoarse about injustice that has happened in other countries, but say nothing about the things that is happening around us. In our own country.

Fun and Frolic section:

The shearer by Pat Ritter: This one sounds like a nice story again.

SBPnB Book 8 Desert and Rain: Sounds like a beautiful book with lots of illustrations. Maybe, I will ask for these books in return of critique.

Pikatron February 2019 critique by Editor: Will have to get the newsletter from Agni.

Top ten books: Well, have read few of ten favorite books of the author, will check out the rest.

Indian Raga Now:

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan- He was a great singer, there is no doubt about that, heard a few in YouTube, will check out more.

Helen- The dancing diva of Hindi movies, no one can snatch that title from her.

Twilight Saga: Have heard so much about this series that I will certainly check out a few episodes in YouTube.

Shraban Shot: Four beautiful shots, maybe Agni should add a few more from the next issue onwards.

Youtube channel: Already checked them all out.

Storytime: Sednians from Patreon: Great story, yes, the aliens should be scared of human race. The way we treat earth is despicable.

Dahi Handi: Watched a few hindi movie songs about this festival, it needs a lot of acrobatic and balancing skill.

Theme: Leprechauns- cute set of paintings.

The cartoon Mr Stick: Hope that was temporary, the last thing one will like during lockdown is horrible things going outside the house. It is quite interesting how governments allow chickens to be slaughtered in residential areas.

In the end quite enjoyed the Ezine, and its colourful sketches/paintings especially they are refreshing and pretty!

That is it I guess! See you again next month, and thank you Agni/Sharmishtha for translating my works!

Yours sincerely,
Labanya

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Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020 critique by SB

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Critique by SB

Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020
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By your good old editor! Few words about the works of my much cherished authors. So the critiques will be honest, short and sweet!

Bandi Pakhi by Labanya: Sad, heartbreaking poem. I really don’t like birds in cage these days. Really dislike people who keep them cages in too!

Paise hotel salesman by saptarchi: My sentiments exactly. This is what Indian politicians have become, and now Indian public is getting what they have bought, stale, rotten government that can’t handle a crisis, rather prefers building temples over hospitals.

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 5: Another fantastic episode of the brilliant story. This one is one of the best stories I have read lately.

When Gold went on a trip by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: Finally the old man got a smart idea, let us see if it works out in his favour or not!

Split impunity by Troy David Loy: Whatever happened to this character? I will love to see how Troy’s Agni turns out to be, right now she sounds diabolical!

I see it NOW… by Dom Collucci: Life’s journey is full of surprises, beautiful and ugly. So very true and wise.

Bitter Pill dose 34 by Bitter Pill: Secular India 1: Just like Javed Akhtar said, our previous governments pampered minority fanatics and our current government is pampering majority’s fanatics, and the public is starving!

Crows 4 by Brendan: Loved this month’s installment of pure peace!

The Tilbaroo station by Pat Ritters 2: Cute and warm glimpse into a newly-wed couple’s life, an absolutely fresh page is opened in front of them and they are going to write down their future in it. Well written!

I believe that will be it for my critique as an editor, you will have to read the rest in Ezine. Of course there is truckloads of more works there!

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Agnijaat 26.10.20

The Kartik issues of the English ezines Agnijaat and Agnishatdal were published on 18th October. The Agrahayan issues will be published on 17th November.

The 4th Annual issues of the Ezines Sfulingo and Agnidal were published in shoptly, gumroad and Kindle on 17th Jul2020.
[ https://www.amazon.com/author/sharmishthabasu ] Book 13 of Agnijaat and Agnishatdal will be published on 30.10.20, Kojagari Laxmipuja.

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I schedule my posts long in advance, so, it will be better for your convenience if I simply guide you to the bookstores I guess.

You can also buy/get these books by becoming my patrons in patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu

or the fresh issues from

https://paypal.me/sharmishthabasu

You will get the fresh list of my books in my shoptly bookstore and gumroad bookstore.

When you use paypal remember one thing- SEND ME YOUR EMAIL ID AND BOOKLIST in the comment that I am almost sure paypal allows you to add with your payment, if I am wrong, even then send me your email id and booklist (with payment details) in my email : sermistabasu@gmail.com.

The books will be uploaded in shoptly, gumroad and patreon every month (before 25th of English calendar), you will be able to download them from the sites directly.

Authors and Artists of Agnishatdal (Agnijaat is my solo venture you all know that):

Brieuc Martin Onraet https://equinoxio21.wordpress.com
Dominic Collucci: http://zen-inspirations.blogspot.com/
Raghunandan Kuppuswamy https://ksriranga.wordpress.com
Troy David Loy http://troythulu.net 
Pat Ritter http://www.patritter.com.au
Brendan https://paddypiccasso.wordpress.com
Labanya
Citizen Null
Saptarchi
Bitter Pill
and
Sharmishtha Basu
https://agnijaat.wordpress.com
https://agnishatdal.wordpress.com
https://agnishatdalezine.wordpress.com
https://agnijashatadalama.wordpress.com

Saptarchi, Bitter Pill and Citizen Null are pseudonyms! So… no blogs assigned to them J

Labanya too prefers keeping her writing world away from her personal world. So you will have to leave comments to communicate with her!

If you want to join them send your works to me @sermistabasu@gmail.com cc agnishatdal@hotmail.com

Remember these things:

1. I will approve the works. I do have some lines I maintain in the Ezines like derogatory contents, vulgarity or other crude contents.
2. You won’t get any monetary compensation for your works, you will get two ezines each month- Agnijaat and Agnishatdal and their quarterly, annual and other extra pieces.
3. You will have to join for at least an year, I will need 12 pieces from you- you can divide a long story into 12 pieces, that is fine for me. You can send artwork, essay, cartoon, articles, stories, poems… almost anything you can create and I can publish.
4. They will have to be your copyrighted works.
5. I will need a bio- if you want you can add all your ventures, your social media links in it, the more the better.

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Agnishatdal Book 12 25she Boisakh 2020 Citizen Null Critique by SB

Agnishatdal Book 12 25she Boisakh 2020
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Critique by Sharmishtha Basu

Agnishatdal Book 12, Ponchishe Boisakh 2020, citizen Null
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Agnishatdal book 12 is sharing a few works of Citizen Null. I will admit in the very beginning that I seldom read about politics and sports, both of these topics bored me to death. So, I will just try to understand what is being said! Don’t count much on my expertise in this field. I know very little about USA’s current socio-political issues.

Both feet grounded: Misguiding people, turning them against each other is how politicians rule! We just fail to understand their evil mindset.

Returning to enlightenment value? : It is tragic how time after time one politician or other eggs people to slaughter each other and they reap the benefit of our fights!

The challenge now and ahead: The similarity between Trump and Pennywise is really unsettling, are they being coached by the same master? We, the socially aware Indians are guessing already who is ordering Pennywise around. Is the same party ordering or guiding Trump too?

Should we punch Nazis?: The smart, effective way of defeating people like Nazis, fascists, fanatics is to expose them, to tell everyone what their actual agenda is!

When weaponized church conquers Government: Well that sounds like modern India, when governments become fanatics countries go straight to hell!

Cynicism just another bias: Cynicism, mockery, taunting are ways of telling that you are not matured enough to discuss an issue! So you hide behind sarcasm, cynicism!

Horror and hope when the world is on fire: It looks like the politicians all over the world are trying to set the world on fire. They are spreading hatred and turning people against each other so they can profit!

I see you: Apparently both India and USA have been captured by shameless, money-hungry crooks! Really bad news for both nations!

Let the senate confirm him: Another unsavory similarity between USA and India, corrupt people are being appointed in crucial posts! Posts from where they will ultimately destroy the country!

The future looks bright from here: Well, it looks like good news if the children are getting wise, that means future holds hope!

The game gets serious: Well, USA is luckier. Their corrupt leader is getting exposed. Ours is being revered!

Well, Citizen Null’s works are always thought-provoking! Missing those works! Hope s/he will send more works in future!

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Agnishatdal Book 12 25she Boisakh 2020 Citizen Null Critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Book 12 25she Boisakh 2020
Citizen Null
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Critique by Labanya

Agnishatdal Book 12, Ponchishe Boisakh 2020, citizen Null
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Agnishatdal book 12 shares works of Citizen Null.

Both feet grounded: I am not much aware of the political condition of USA, heck I don’t know much about Indian politics, but it seems misguiding people is the latest trick of politicians.

Returning to enlightenment value? : This one is a scary piece, a story how people are being turned against each other AGAIN and AGAIN by politicians.

The challenge now and ahead: no wonder #45 and Feku are buddies, their way are eerily similar.

Should we punch Nazis?: The Nazis should be punched but not physically by exposing their intentions and the effect of their actions on society!

When weaponized church conquers Government: It becomes modern day India!

Cynicism just another bias: Cynicism is limited. It is narrowed point of view mostly.

Horror and hope when the world is on fire: The way it seems the politicians all over the world are desperate to turn people against each other and ultimately destroy this world!

I see you: It seems #45 and Feku and co. had similar modus operandi, destroy the countries that blundered by electing them and get filthy rich too!

Let the senate confirm him: The patterns of USA and India are spookily similar. The government is slowly swallowing the courts via judges. We had faith on Supreme Court before Feku and Co. grabbed the throne, but not anymore!

The future looks bright from here: Not knowing the issue being talked about I will simply say that if children are wiser than adults that means there is hope for the future.

The game gets serious: Well at least #45 is getting exposes, Feku and his bought media is ensuring that he never gets exposed!

Very serious pieces but gave some solid insight about USA’s present political, social condition and that is so like India!