Agnijaat Boisakh 1424, April critique by Troy David Loy

Agnijaat Boisakh 1424 Review by Troy David Loy,

Indian Raga Now:
Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui… here are two actors worth watching. The four others noted are more established, but worth checking out just the same! Good stuff, as I’ve seen some of their movies on YouTube.

Spotlight On Shivkumar Sharma:
This is…cool! I’m listening to recordings of his as I write this. His santoor playing is absolutely marvelous! I must also check out his partner’s music! I’ll make that tonight while writing.

This woman, who reined in, possibly being one of the factors the brought about the end of the Mughal empire. What a remarkable human being!

Other side of the **** world:
Bloodhounds: Privacy is a big issue in today’s Internet, and so is the intrusiveness of editing programs. Some good warnings of what to expect when interacting online.

Caste System 4:
Offering government stipends to the socio-economically disadvantaged sounds like a good idea, along with better educational opportunities without quotas. This I think is worth considering, at least trying out to see if it works, though my hopes aren’t high that it will be implemented!

Nature @Kolkata in Biosakh:
From dangerous storms to sweltering heat, summer is NOT a good season there, even dangerous without air conditioning or a sturdy constitution.

Clear your attic:
An uncluttered, clear, and healthy mind is a good one, and much more useful than when it’s filled with detritus. Maintain it well, and it will serve you well.

Bhakti Saints: Madhavacharya:
born in medieval India during the 13th century, this man had some interesting views on the nature of souls and God. I’ll have to pour through my podcasts on Indian philosophy to get a more thorough look at them.

Story Time:
Unique rebellion:
This is a fun one that I’ll enjoy reading in its entirety. Humorous, with commentary of human exploitation of our own private moments on film!

Jewels of Madhulipi:
A really cool ghost story, with a surprisingly happy ending! excellent!

With the onset of the new year in Bengal, there is much to celebrate and many ways for celebration. Much more colorful and interesting than New Year’s Day in the West!

Let us begin:
I loved the images and verse of this section! Among my favorites are One, Three, Four, Six, while the image for Two, the story from Five and the narrative from Seven: ‘To stay or to leave’ stood out as well. I love it when an artist evolves her craft!

Thus Spake Hypocritananda:
Good commentary in verse form!

I look forward to the Jyeshtha issue of Agnijaat!

Meet and Greet Citizen Null, the new member of Agnishatdal!

Who, or what, is Citizen Null? From the East Coast of the United States comes a shadowy figure, but who uses their ability for good, not evil; shining light on the people, places, history, and other matters of their beloved country. In the growing darkness of national turmoil
and divisive, bitterly partisan politics, Null is here to make things clear in no-nonsense terms.

Think clearly. Love the Good. Be vigilant……and be excellent to each other!

Citizen Null is watching.

Agnishatdal March, Chaitra Critique by Troy David Loy @

Agnishatdal Chaitra Critique by Troy David Loy (

Jijabai, Shivaji’s Mother:
Behind every great man, there is always a woman. So far, I know of no one who came into the world without a mother to make it possible, and Shivaji was no exception. This woman of prowess and martial skill evidently raised her son as befits the strategist and tactician he was to become later in life. Her fortitude was, in my view, outstanding!

Ghulam Ali:
Here is another great performer whose works to collect. I’m listening to his music on the very night I’m writing this, and he’s quite the singer! The man has an unmistakable and unforgettable voice. Here’s a link to nearly 2 1/2 hours of his songs:

Aayush relates a brief story of two young people missing…something in their
relationship. Now is indeed the moment life is free, even when we ourselves are not!

Red Heels:
Breiuc relates a humorous tale of dressing to kill, or to be killed once you read to the end. It’s short, but funny.

Eleanor Leonne Bennet and Juliette Roques:
Sometimes email says it all, as much as a full bio, and here these ladies introduce themselves through their writing and work. So, I’ll take this opportunity to welcome both to this eZine! Greetings!

What Will the New, Look Like?
Carolyn shows us an optimistic future, an outcome of human endeavor to which could just be, even if the present looks dark indeed where world affairs seem concerned.

Worth hoping for, though work is sorely needed to make it happen!

The Big Game:
As Swati here points out, life is indeed a game, and rigged or not, is best played with skill and wisdom, and with a great quote at the end!

Wichita lineman:
Dom gives a brief but heartfelt verse, what many feel but often miss the words to say.

David Stewart’s interview was interesting, especially given that he’s a GURPS player as well as a writer and teacher!

Help Make Reading More Diverse and Enjoyable:
Good advice on self-publishing! Independent writers have a lot of power, if only they put it to use.

Sanjeev Kumar:
With little doubt a fantastic and gifted actor, it’s tragic that he died so soon. I’ve seen one of the films he starred in this afternoon, Shatranj Ke Khiladi: Here’s the link I viewed from:

Chaitra Recipe: Gajar Ka Halwa:
Mmmm. Yummy sweets! And best of all, a sweet that takes well to refrigeration. This month’s recipe will be a tasty thing to keep me going on long nights!

The Red Butterfly:
Miss Sharmishtha’s upcoming book tells the story of a young woman, Tiasa, in line for the throne of a small kingdom, ruled by her grandmother, who encounters great dangers in her future domain. I’ll have to keep a lookout for this when it’s published!

Shranbaner dhara, and Maab Ehsaan:
Two verses for this issue from the authoress herself, both enjoyable, and both good for practice reading in the respective vernaculars.

Bengal This Month:
So two pujas for this month, and widely celebrated in throughout rural Bengal! American festivals seem dull by contrast, and far too city-bound.

Post Vedic Era:
An age of fundamentalist fervor, this period was not a kind one to the disadvantaged by birth, wealth. or circumstance. A dangerous time to live indeed!

Agnijaat critique by Troy David Loy

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Indian Raga Now:
Manoj Bajpayee, Rahul Bose, Pooja Bhatt, three of the more fortunate actors where roles played are concerned. I must see their movies!

Spotlight on Milind Tulankar:
I’m listening to Tulankar’s online performances, as I write this. I must say, as instrumental music, they’re brilliant. Jaltarang is not an instrument I’m used to hearing, but I like these even from the first listen. I’ve found a link to a playlist of his music here:

A woman who stood up to the might of the Mughal empire, and successfully at that, until her death during a siege in 1599. I doff my hat to her!

There are strange ways available for espionage and unethical surveillance, by the most simple means, even by teenagers, much less more experienced hackers. Things like this will keep a person up at night, especially with the computer running the whole time, like mine when rendering large fractals!

Pain is their cocaine:
This is a commentary on the contagiousness of gloominess, in both demeanor and worldview when morose people try to live it!

Bhakti Saints: Nimbaraka
Here is a man who had some fascinating ideas. Theologically there were his five methods of salvation, and philosophically there was his concept of Bhedabheda, which bears a closer look.

A New Dawn:
An upcoming book by the authoress, here is the tale of the family life of Ronit and Raina Rai, and their daughter Chaiti. There are ups and downs throughout, including the early days of Ronit and Raina’s marriage. Here and there there is tragedy, as with the accident that kills Asim and maims his widow Preeti. Preeti plays a substantial role in the story as it progresses, though I’m uncertain as to her relation to Ronit and Raina. Still, this bears a good read when it comes out!

Soul Devourers:
Introduced in the Agrahayan issue of Agnijaat, this is a story of fearsome events and sinister cults. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up when reading this excerpt. Here is an account of a young woman’s encounter with terrifying forces and her attempts to survive with her mind and soul intact.

The College Trip:
I love a good vampire story, and having read the novelization of the movie Life Force, I prefer this
one, more supernaturally based, with a sort of creepy psychic parasite who latches onto a young student named Prema.

Interesting, this celebration. Hindu festivals fascinate me, with the colorful and personable Gods they honor, the stories behind them (We humans are story-telling beings, after all!), the fun to be had, and the spirit of community in organizing and attending these events.

Good poems this month, with my favorites being Distant Star and Lost treasure. The cadence for all of these is quite evocative.

Few cartoons for you: Chameleons:
These are fun! I love the tricky chameleons here, and their clever means of bagging a meal of gullible butterflies.

Creative Group of Chaitra, March Agnishatdal.

The creative group of Agnishatdal Chaitra, March
Carolyn Page
Troy David Loy
Dominic A.Collucci

Swati Sarangi
Aayush Maurya
Eleanor Bennett:
Juliette Roques
Sharmishtha Basu

Critique of Falgun, February Agnishatdal by Troy David Loy

Agnishatdal Falgun Critique
Swami Dayanand Saraswati:
An interesting figure, whose work in transforming Indian society deserves wider
attention. His unsolved death under suspicious circumstances may one day be
explained, unfortunately in a historical rather than criminal legal context now that all
guilty parties are long gone by now!

This leader of the Marathas was brilliant, in my estimation, and a worthy opponent of the
Mughals, who kept them at arm’s length with his battle prowess. What would India be
like today if one of his calibre were still around?

Barsaat aur Tun ~ You and rain:
Aayush’s poem struck a few chords, in this heartfelt celebration of human vulnerability in
love. And it is no crime to be in that condition, I think.

Pal ~ Moments:
Harshita offers a verse on the passage of time and the futility of wanting what’s done to
return once it’s done and gone forever. Each instant is unique, and will not come again,
literally lost in time.

Gift of Life:
Sakhi gives a good argument, I think a sound one, for becoming an organ donor. I’ll
have to ask my own doctor about the viability of that at my age. It would be great to do
some genuine good even after my own demise!

Swati discusses the act and value of close observation of even the most seemingly
ordinary things, and how that is good food for our senses of awe and wonder. Nothing is
‘merely’ anything, no matter how seemingly prosaic at first glance.

A Tale from a Mango Tree:
Raghunandan relates a whimsical story of a hungry Kaga needing help in bagging a
meal. I was amused by its resolution, and the explanation of same at the end.

Treats of the Month:
There’s a lot going on this month!
First: Happy Birthday, Carolyn Page!
What to look for When self-Editing your manuscript Part 2: more useful tips for self-done
work on one’s manuscript short of a professional, and a yet further step to becoming

Sakhi’s and Dayton’s interviews were windows into the writing of two very gifted
individuals who in my view both deserve wide notice in writer’s circles.

Amjad Ali Khan and Sons:
Excellent! The three musicians here have produced some fantastic pieces, and this
already has me listening to their instrumentals on YouTube. I’ve found this link a
beginning listen to the Master’s own work:

2×2 cute couples:
Yay! Movies to check out! The acting partners here were previously unfamiliar–shame,
shame on me! So I’m now looking at their movies online. I’ll share here the link to Chhoti
Si Baat, with two of this month’s actors, Amol Palekar and Vidya Sinha: https://

Falgun Recipe: Gujhia:
This month’s recipe seems a temptation to the tastebuds, out of Uttar Pradesh! It will be
a challenge to try making, but worth it. I’ve found a few Indian groceries in my area, and
should have little trouble getting the ingredients!

Creator’s Quill:
Some interesting things this month from the authoress!
The Charons: a piece from the story that made me a writer: Here’s an excerpt from
chapter 5 of the authoress’s book, which impels me to read the whole again, from cover
to cover.

Bengal this Month: It’s love that takes the stage this month, with Valentine’s Day, Holi,
and Shivratri three big celebrations for the romantic!

Pieces of Past: Vedic Era:
A good discussion on the importance of the Vedic scriptures on Indian thinking and the
subcontinent’s major ruling powers throughout history.

Critique of Falgun, February agnijaat by Troy David Loy

Agnijaat Falgun Critique
Indian Raga NOW:
With actors Ranveer Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan and singer Himesh Reshammiya, this
month’s media stars will prove fun to watch and listen to online. Over the past few years
I’ve been honing my taste in Indian movies and music. The talents of these three will be
a good addition to that.

As men wish…;
The treatment of women in India has often involved being controlled, including the
shameful practice of marrying them to foreign enemies, and forcing their adherence to
alien customs that affront their dignity.

Invasion in bedrooms?
Hmmm. Police using drones? When usable in the context of peeping into peoples’
windows and spying on them, this brings privacy violations to a new level, a dangerous
one, in my view. It smacks of totalitarianism no matter the state.

There are harmless lies and there are sinister, evil lies:
Humans are both moral angels and devils in one, at least in principle, and in some of
us, the moral devil wins out. Here is a warning of what happens in the wake of corrupt
governance and its effect on people.

BHAKTI SAINTS: Ramanuja – Glimpses of Indian History:
An excellent look into a prominent figure of Medieval Indian sainthood, whose teachings
have with little doubt had a far-reaching influence.

Story Time:
Two features this time: A Love Story and The Protest: both of these were good reads,
taking unexpected directions as they played out.

As a spring festival, this is perhaps one of the most delightful, and one of my favorite
Indian holidays. It is shameful that nothing of its like exists in my country!

Of these, the following really stood out for me: A flower, Your eyes, A harbour, A rose,
Stay, and Sita. I wish the doggerel I wrote back in 2006 was even half as good as these!

Few cartoons for you:
These were fun! My favorite was ‘I want to eat the world,’ which reminds me of a
terrifyingly powerful politician with tiny hands and a thin skin.