Agnishatdal Boisakh 1424, April critique by Troy David Loy

Agnishatdal Boisakh 1424 Review by Troy David Loy
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Rabindrajayanti 9.5.17:
So, the 9th of May (Indian date) is the iconic polymath’s birthday! I have a few Ingreji
translations of his works, and know of his famous meeting with Einstein when the two
discussed science, philosophy and spirituality, a true meeting of minds! May the great
scholar remain always in the hearts and minds of those around the world as a tribute to
humanity!

Jamini Roy:
Now here was a painter of some note. His innovations on traditional art styles make his
work especially interesting!

Budapest Missives:
Juliette here gives an account of her youth in Hungary. How fascinating to those of us
unlucky enough never to leave their country of origin, at least in their early years!

Dear Zindagi:
Sweta writes a letter of thanks and appreciation for the meaningful things in life, that
made and make it worth living indeed for her.

I Am Watching. I Am Citizen Null:
Our new arrival, Citizen Null, offers a stern commentary on the state of his country. I’m
interested to see what more he has to say.

Red Heels Pt. 2:
Brieue continues from last issue with this narrative tour of the bright side of life in smalltown America from a shoe aficionado.

Haunting:
A notably interesting image and missive by Eleanor Leonne Bennett –
fascinating work!

Cultivation:
Excellent food for thought by Swati on the power of thoughts over perceptions, selfperceptions, and suffering.

Praise:
Wendell offers a paean to devotion. Good use of form. Excellent phrasing, and without
use of rhyme; that would have hindered the message.

Tenali Raman And The Vidooshak:
Raghunandan tells the story of a plot to bring down a wise man using a king’s court
jester. I love that Raman so easily bested them despite being forced by circumstances
to play along!

Lost outside looking in:
Dom offers some brief but poignant verse.

Treats of the Month:
The Rainbow Horizon – Karen S. Cole:
Here, Karen talks about her book, with an interesting cast of characters and lots of
satire.

Hemdiva Dev’s interview was illuminating, showing her talent for prolific storytelling. Her energy for writing is to be admired!

KJ. Yesudas: The Celestial Singer:
A remarkable voice this man has! I’m listening to one of his songs as I write this. I could
never match this level of vocal skill!

This month’s recipe should be a quick preparation once I can get the ingredients. I have a friend who knows how to make it, has made it, and has all of the needed spices to boot! This will be tasty!

Creator’s Quill:
The rookie:
A cute story about a young spider learning the ropes to proper spiderin’.

Thus Spake Hypocritananda:
An enjoyable new installment. Especially so, as the worst evils often get free rein, not by the actions of evil people, but by the silence of good ones!

India This Month – Biosakh 1424
And so, the new year begins! May it be better than the last (and fewer good people die,
too)! With both poila boisakh and Rabindrajayanti to celebrate this month, Bongs have
much to keep busy! With Buddhapurnima falling afterwards, and then…May Day
followed by the hot, sweltering doomy doom of summer!

Pieces of Past: Gautam Buddha:
The life of the founder of Buddhism, both in history and shrouded by legend, happened
in an interesting time, when new movements and philosophical awakenings were going
on around the world. It’s no surprise to me that many of Buddhism’s mindfulness
techniques are used today, and adapted for modern life.

That’s it for now! I await the Jyeshtha issue!

Gehenna Parables and Not from this world two books in Troy’s store

This is a dark book, all stories are dark, the cover is still being finished by the master, Troy. So that will be a surprise, this one is a mere token!

This one is all about beauty and fun of fantasy land. this too is a token cover.

You will be able to buy these two books and all old issues of Agnishatdal and Agnijaat from Troy’s Store excluding the two quarterlies October 2016, February 2017- those four are Amazon’s property!

Troy’s Store’s address:
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New Announcement for My Amazon Store!

Troy David Loy

I’m happy to say that I’ve joined in a writing and publishing collaboration with the awesome and talented Miss Sharmishtha Basu, hailing from Kolkata, West Bengal. You don’t need me to tell you what country that’s in!

So, she’s in the process of rewriting some of her ebooks for Kindle, releasing quite a few more in the near future, one of which, Gehenna Parables, Part 1, is awaiting a few touch-ups to be published on my Amazon store under both our names due the 28th of this month as per her request.

I’ve mostly served as its editor, though I’ve contributed one story to it, the author bios and the book’s introduction and formatted it for upload on the tail end of the 27th, just in time to go live on the 28th.

I’ll also be editing quarterlies of her twin eZines, Agnijaat, and Agnishatdal, and other…

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The prisoner of Sand Castle on Sale for you!

Hey! This year is going to be renewal year for my books, story books except “The charons”, I will be rewriting the kindle versions, the createspace versions will be same, if you buy the createspace books you will get the new kindle books for free. Till then, a little discount for you to celebrate Bengali New Year with me. That will be on 14th April 2017.

The Journey started with THE CHILD OF WOODS 2.4.17 TO 9.4.17, if you missed it, well, there are more to come! Next one in queue is The prisoner of Sand castle.

BOOK 2 THE PRISONER OF SAND CASTLE 14.4.17 TO 21.4.17

14.4.17 8 A.M. PST TO 16.4.17 1 PM PST 0.99$
16.4.17 1 PM PST TO 18.4.17 6 PM PST 1.99$
18.4.17 6PM PST TO 21.4.17 12 AM PST 2.99$

FROM THEN ON 4.40$ AGAIN

The kindle copy with concession:

The paperback without concession:
https://www.createspace.com/5141895

Sale Schedule of The prisoner of Sand Castle for You!

Hey! This year is going to be renewal year for my books, story books except “The charons”, I will be rewriting the kindle versions, the createspace versions will be same, if you buy the createspace books you will get the new kindle books for free. Till then, a little discount for you to celebrate Bengali New Year with me. That will be on 14th April 2017.

The Journey started with THE CHILD OF WOODS 2.4.17 TO 9.4.17, if you missed it, well, there are more to come! Next one in queue is The prisoner of Sand castle.

BOOK 2 THE PRISONER OF SAND CASTLE 14.4.17 TO 21.4.17

14.4.17 8 A.M. PST TO 16.4.17 1 PM PST 0.99$
16.4.17 1 PM PST TO 18.4.17 6 PM PST 1.99$
18.4.17 6PM PST TO 21.4.17 12 AM PST 2.99$

FROM THEN ON 4.40$ AGAIN

The kindle copy with concession:

The paperback without concession:
https://www.createspace.com/5141895

Reviews on my books in Amazon!

The document with links for the reviews, in case you want to dig in further!

https://agnijaat.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/2.docx

1.
New! Troy reviewed wildflowers in bed of rocks
Touching in its elegance January 18, 2017
A collection of sixty-nine poems, with such themes as love, beauty, and fantastic wonder, I found this book an excellent read on a cold winter’s night when the skies are clear, with the stars alight so very far away.
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2.
Troy reviewed durgapujo duti shishur duti jagat
The Bengali text is wonderful for my practice in reading the script June 1, 2016
In this, the same celebration seen through two different perspectives, I found the poetry quite pleasing to the mind’s ear. The Bengali text is wonderful for my practice in reading the script, as well as a good resource for practicing translating between it and English!
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3.
Troy reviewed barir pujo durgapuja and kalipuja
Excellent! June 1, 2016
As a big fan of things Indian, this collection of stories is not only informative in its depiction of Bengali worship celebrations, but I found the illustrations throughout with a charm evoking mystery and wonder!
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4.
F. E. Esparza reviewed The prisoner of Sand Castle
A Thinker December 27, 2015
I found this book to be interesting to read. The stories are very short and entertaining but I feel they don’t end properly as some feel like cliff hangers. I don’t know if that was the writers intention to do. On the flip side it does give a reader thoughts to ponder on what happen next. So I do have to say this book does make a reader think and captures a persons attention.
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5.
Troy reviewed myriad colours of earth
Beautiful stuff! September 9, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, with the lyrical feel of its verse, and the accompanying digital paintings that enhance it. Most excellent!
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6.
Troy reviewed of dreams and reality
This is stellar! September 9, 2015
This one evokes thoughts like a those of a mind lost between misty puffs of down in the sky, reaching for, but always out of grasp, of answers to the very deepest of questions. Well done!
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7.
Troy reviewed the heart beats on
Fascinating stuff! September 9, 2015
A collection of poetic verse and digital painting, this book was well worth an evening’s read. Congratulations to the authoress to work done well!
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8.
Troy reviewed Meghparir Gaan song of clouds
Wonderful! September 9, 2015
As a collection of poems both Bengali and English by the authoress and her own art, this made my thoughts soar to realms afar, captured perfectly in graceful script and color!
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9.
Troy reviewed Butterflies from life’s garden
Wonderful! July 5, 2015
This collection of verse got me thinking about those little questions of life that seem so difficult to articulate in words, yet whose answers can be deceptively simple once properly considered. They are butterflies of thought, flitting about the mind’s eye and avoiding one’s direct gaze until viewed out of the corners, as it were, of that same mind’s eye. Great stuff!
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10.
Troy reviewed waves that became songs
I enjoyed this! July 5, 2015
As a collection of poems, this one was a pleasure to read through, while taking in the authoress’s evocative imagery, which supplemented the text wonderfully!
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11.
Troy reviewed Moments from the journey
Awesome poetry! July 5, 2015
This is a brilliant collection, with lively and enchanting images that add a great deal of color and feel to the text.
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12.
Troy reviewed Serenade of brush and quill: colours and words waltz
Very good! May 16, 2015
This is a wonderful collection of seven line poems, and made an excellent late night first reading. This does not disappoint!
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13.
Troy reviewed For Tagore – rabikare agnishatdal
This is so cool! May 12, 2015
I love that, not only is this a book of poetry and evocative imagery, but also that it’s written in two languages, including one I’m learning while still a novice.

I must thank the authoress for this wonderful learning opportunity, and a fitting tribute to the great Bengali polymath himself!
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14.
Kevin Cooper reviewed spirits of darkness and light
Sharmishtha’s stories are captivating. Her characters although purely original … May 6, 2015
Sharmishtha’s stories are captivating. Her characters although purely original bring some of India’s mythological creatures to light with a style of writing that can only be attributed to that of a true mistress of story-telling. Nothing is what it seems as each incredible tale keeps you wondering what is going to happen next with endings that are in no way predictable. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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15.
Troy reviewed The prisoner of Sand Castle
Enchanting! April 30, 2015
This is an excellent collection of short fiction with cool Indian themes. I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Basu’s paranormal fiction, and this is no exception! My favorites from this are the collection’s titular story, a chilling piece titled Scarecrow, and The Woman in White, of strange goings on in a nightspot. Three thumbs up!
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16.
Gayle Walters Rose reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
Evil pitted against an innocent March 29, 2015
This is a gripping tale that pits evil against the innocent. The story begins with the cruelty that our own family members can sometimes inflict on us and continues with a vindictiveness that sees no end as road blocks and terrorism are used to take down an innocent human being. And as unbelievable as it may appear, this scenario is being played out with many other innocents worldwide as those in power try to take down and…Read More

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17.
Troy reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
Another good one! March 11, 2015
I’ve been following Ms. Sharmishtha Basu’s blogs and writings for some years now, and I’ve just finished reading this. It is perhaps the grimmest story I’ve read in a while. It’s dark realism is different in both style, outlook, and execution from the paranormal fiction she also writes. A story of life in India, it does not paint a pretty picture, but offers a warning, along with the discoveries and hard-fought lessons of the…Read More

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18.
David Stewart reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
This is a great story of senseless malevolence and the petty cruelty that … February 15, 2015
This is a great story of senseless malevolence and the petty cruelty that people can inflict on each other. It’s an interesting look into the culture of family relationships and business dealings where everyone is out to get you.
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19.
Troy reviewed A bouquet of wild flowers
Thought provoking! February 1, 2015
A collection of 70 poems, this is an insightful work by Ms. Basu. If I must choose favorites among these, they would be her verses ‘Heaven or Hell’ and ‘Change your ways India.’ Good stuff to warm a Winter’s night!
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20.
Troy reviewed spirits of darkness and light
A good read, be it a dark night or brightly lit afternoon! January 14, 2015
Ms. Basu has in this book, a compelling portrayal of supernatural beings both benign and malignant. Here, she shows her skill in writing tales on the paranormal beings of India and the mortal characters who interact with these creatures as well. Very enjoyable!
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21.
David Stewart reviewed The Lotus of Fire
Five Stars January 12, 2015
This is a great little book with great poems and wonderful illustrations.
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22.
Teagan reviewed Serenade of brush and quill: colours and words waltz
Five Stars January 7, 2015
What a treat to have this at such a great price!
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23.
Teagan reviewed The Lotus of Fire
Lovingly Crafted December 14, 2014
This book of poetry and illustrations is lovingly crafted, and the contents are imbued with it. Kudos to the valiant spirit of this author/illustrator for getting her work out there and learning about indie publishing.
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24.
Troy reviewed Tell me a story
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Great collection! December 8, 2014
This is a terrific compilation of micro-fiction, featuring a wonderful mixture of genres and skillfully done as well. This is one of Ms. Basu’s works that showcases her considerable talent as an authoress!
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25.
Troy reviewed songbird sings to sun
Wonderful! November 23, 2014
This is a wondrous collection of seven-line poems! Ever since reading Ms. Basu’s many blogs over the last few years, she has shown herself to be a woman of astounding energy and vibrant imagination, and it shows in her considerable ability as a published authoress, and this work is no exception!
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26.
Troy reviewed black mist and other stories
Brilliant stories! October 31, 2014
Perfect for Halloween reading! I love the way the author has with so many different genres of dark fiction! I must say, these are good!
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27.
Brieuc Martin-Onraet reviewed The Lotus of Fire
1 of 1 people found the following helpful
Great work! October 24, 2014
Lovely texts and art. Great work!
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28.
Troy reviewed The Lotus of Fire
2 of 2 people found the following helpful
Excellent work! October 11, 2014
This is a wonderful collection of musings, and a wonderful collection of insights into Indian culture, life, belief, and love. It would be interesting to see it also in Bengali language and script to practice translations on in study. Just beautiful!
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