Sharmishtha Basu’s Pen n Brush November 2019 Critique by Troy David Loy
Love almost lost Dibyo falls for Supti, and the more this dawns on him, the more he struggles to cope with the stress of suppressing it as his health declines. When Supti tires of her treatment at Dibyo’s office, she opts to leave, to escape Dibyo’s toxic parents. But Dibyo has a plan, and not one his parents would prefer, to save his love for Supti.
Love confessed A young man declares his love for the girl of his dreams, a declaration that turns out well, as she feels likewise for him. This one ends well.
Love is in the air Shuchi, Joy, and Tinni are friends, and Tinni notices that one loves the other. Will she succeed as matchmaker between them? An enjoyable short story.
Love net How to entrap strong people? A defense minister describes his plan to entrap them with love and lust through handpicked seducers and seductresses. What thoughts does this idea lead to in the prime minister? I’d say suspicious ones!
Magic Reva has a problem involving toxic siblings who exploit her at every turn. What does she do to escape this, to stand on her own, to actualize herself as a fulfilled person? Seeking work at a local orphanage, she draws her plans for a better life.
Love twists Maitreyee spurns Amal, for his uncultured behavior in public, and when he marries another instead, befriends his bride. The two friends discuss love, friendship and their meaning when Maitreyee herself marries.
Manager Mr. Dwivedi is in a business fix, and plots to change that by arrangement with one Mr. Jain. What scheme hatches between the two of them, with strings attached? Dwivedi’s “niece” looks like the solution to his problems!
Mandukraj Two women converse on the intrusive and venomous Vinod, “King of the Frogs” after he attempts a campaign of vindictive behavior. If there be a thing such as Karma, might “Mandukraj” actually have become a frog? The one gawking at the two while they speak might have something to say on that, could it speak!
Tiasa An accident leaves Chaiti disabled, and bitter, but young Tiasa can help, and help she does, making Chaiti much better for it despite her scarred persona!
Girlfriend slayer Debendra is disabled, with a twisted leg, with his mother extremely protective of him, and even in manhood is shy and lonely. What happens when he meets the lovely Mira? Will love blossom, or will it die before it can truly get started?
Miss Bittermouth Seema is intensely disliked at her work office for verbal bullying, and the four young women she tormented give her a parting gift after they arrange to leave the office for another with friendlier staff. What will this gift be? Very amusing, this one!
Meaning of life Mohini is in her forties and yet unmarried, so how does she create meaning in her life despite her circumstances? This one was heartwarming.