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Agnishatdal Bhadra 1427 August 2020 critique by Labanya

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

Agnishatdal Book 12 25she Boisakh 2020
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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!

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Agnijaat Book 12 25she Boisakh 2020 My Pen critique by Labanya

Agnijaat Book 12 25she Boisakh 2020
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Agnijaat Book 12, Ponchishe Boisakh 2020, My Pen
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Agnijaat book 12 shared a set of personal essays by Sharmishtha Basu.

Arrogance is suicidal: is about arrogance you can guess, as per authoress arrogant people are actually pitiable. Don’t fully disagree.

Vanity is worse: vanity truly is toxic, people without any quality actually believing that they are better than others! Oh boy!

Mother earth’s verdict: Well authoress thinks mother nature too hate politicians!

Pseudo scholars: They are all over the world these days, open any social media platform or media too you will see these people throwing their personal views in the garb of knowledge at others. It is almost impossible to distinguish truth from crafty lies these days!

True Tragedy: A heart-breaking story about fatal suffering of children in the country after 73 years of independence, a tragedy that might have been averted had the government cared for its people.

Sleaze: Indian politicians are downright repulsive. After the covid19 pandemic they are proving it more clearly every single day!

Bad sales pitches: This one was bit funny!

Embrace your age: I agree, every age has its advantages, disadvantages and beauty. Accept them and enjoy them as much as you can!

Everything in time: Life most probably is like that!

Preferences change: Is personal view of the authoress about her own life. Our preferences do change with age.

Bhaiphonta: Is about the favorite festival of many Bengalis, especially those who have a close bond with sibling(s).

Unexpected: Something we all should do, keep something aside for rainy days!

With these there was a set of lovely photographs, they were really beautiful. Loved the book!

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Agnishatdal Book 11 saraswatipuja 1427 Critique by Labanya

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Agnishatdal book 11 saraswatipuja 2020 Bitter Pill
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Agnishatdal Book 11 shares a set of works by author Bitter Pill.

Twain Shall never meet- Talks about BP’s belief in the words of old wisdom that said good and evil should not mingle too freely, too much. I sort of agree with that, because being good does not means we are saints, we too can get tempted and fall!

These abused victims- Not everyone who is labeled a victim is always a victim, sometimes wolves do wear sheep skin to trick.

Shapeshifters- In this world of stolen identities this one seems quite possible.

Sita was a rare soul- Quite true, even though Indian women quite believe that they are angels incarnate, and men often say so if not believe, but in reality they are just human beings capable of doing the worst and the best.

Kolkata Kulture- Little blunt but true.

Khoka Khuki- Again, blunt but quite true.

Third K of Kolkata- Oh boy, anyone with ear will agree to this article!

Get ‘em boys- It may be true or not, if it is true then Hindu men should start treating their women right, stop asking for dowry and see what happens next!

Haters aplenty- well, check out social media platforms and you will agree with the words.

Religion- A long article divided in parts about religion. It is pretty interesting read.

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Agnijaat Book 11 saraswatipuja 1427 Critique by Labanya

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agnijaat book 11, saraswatipuja 2020
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Agnijaat Book 11 shares a set of quotes from the book, titled “From the quill of femme sole”.

They share the authoresses’ views on the way single women and women in general are heckled in societies like ours. Most of the quotes will hit women directly in their heart.

Any woman who has not been Miss goodie two shoes have faced these people in life and swallowed the bitter gulp again and again. Few have tried fighting back but most have suffered in silence.

Liked quite a few of them very much.

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Sfulingo 4 17.7.2020 [Kindle] Critique by Labanya

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Sfulingo 4, 17.7.20

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Sfulingo 4 the Kindle version contains a set of stories, without any illustration of course.

Most of the stories are paranormal, sci-fi, one is a fun romance. I rather enjoyed the twelfth room, quite an interesting story for sure, loved the flow of the story and the story. “Cop-haters” was another piece that rather impressed me, loved reading all the stories, but these two were best!

It was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Grab your copy and check it out yourself. It is really cheap too!

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Sfulingo 4 17.7.2020 critique by Labanya

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Sfulingo 4 shares a set of poems written by Sharmishtha, first set was written in 2012 and the second set was written in 2019. The book also contains a set of beautiful illustrations, quite a lot of them to be precise.

There is not much to discuss about poetry I think, one should read them and feel them!

I loved the way the mind of the authoress played, on same dates of two distant years. Maybe I will try it too! Write down a set of poems on a specific month every year and then repeat it next year. It can be quite fun!

Thanks for the idea Agni.

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Agnidal 4 17.7.20 critique by Labanya

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Agnidal 4, the fourth annual edition of Agnishatdal contains the works and interviews of its authors. The Kindle issue is without illustration, the Gumroad and Shoptly issue is with illustration.

Thanks a lot Sharmishtha for adding my poem “Khola Akash” in the books.

Lyapunov’s children by Troy David Loy- It was a very realistic science fiction- showing human nature quite well I will say.

The interview with the author was great to read. It is always delightful to know more and more about authors who are writing the stories for us.

Vikram and Vetal by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy- Loved reading the story at one go! Mr. Kuppuswamy is a fantastic storyteller and his choice of stories is equally great. I always keep forward to reading more of his works.

The interview was great! A look into Mr. Kuppuswamy’s world was fun.

Middle of nowhere, now here by Dom Collucci- Beautiful and wise, Mr. Collucci’s works always stir the mind, with their wisdom and beauty.

Mr. Collucci’s interview was really great, a deep insight into a very amazing author’s life.

Friendx by Brieuc Martin Onraet- Even though this story is about apocalypse and is written as a tribute to Mr. Onraet’s son in law it has a silver lining, a hope that human beings may one day live in peace with other children of nature.

It was followed by an interview, a glimpse in Mr. Onraet’s world was fun.

The drover by Pat Ritter- I really enjoyed the first chapter at one go, it is a fantastic story for sure Mr. Ritter, it is quite interesting to know about rural Australia, all we know about Australia are koalas, kangaroos and its amazing birds!

It is followed by an interview of Mr. Ritter, where he opens his heart wide. It was a great read too.

Political Propaganda by Saptarchi- Politicians are all about propaganda and we are the merry bunch of fools that dance to their tunes, again and again!

Religion by Bitter Pill- I have read the entire series, this is the first one of the series religion by BP, it is quite thought-provoking for sure.

Prophets of God by Brendan- a story that tells how Jesus was treated when he was alive! Today he may be worshipped as son of God but men mercilessly tormented him and killed him when he was here. A tragedy that keeps on repeating!

Horror and Hope by Citizen Null- It is a sad first-hand narrative of the author about the horrors that are being unleashed by Trump’s administration.

Painting by Sharmishtha Basu- a really sad story written by editor, heartbreaking and beautiful!

It is followed by an interview taken by Hemdiva Dev [https://momsprincesspari.wordpress.com], it is always nice to know a little bit about authors I say!

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Agnishatdal Shraban 1427, July 2020 Critique by Labanya

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Hi friends, let us begin!

Shraban issue begins with tribute to legendary warrior Maharana Pratap, someone who fought against aggressors till his last breath. As a child we sort of hero-worshipped him and his type. Well, I still respect his courage, though I have not read about him in details but still respect him

Political propaganda 2 by saptarchi: I too think this habit of changing the names of roads, areas and cities should stop! Do something new if you are such a patriot and name it whatever you want! Don’t confuse people!

Fogline by Brieuc Martin Onraet 3: I really love the style of Mr. Onraet’s writing. Good description of human beings from a third eye I will say. Rather enjoyed the quips.

When Gold went on a trip by Raghunandan Kuppuswamy: Well they certainly are in a spot, I wonder if they will recover their wealth, good piece Mr. Raghu and Happy birthday! May God bless you with a very long, happy and healthy life!

Planet fall by Troy David Loy: Another piece on Meera, another joins Saru brigade? Great piece Mr. Troy.

No one is here now… by Dom Collucci: another great poem Mr. Collucci, beautiful words of wisdom, wish I was good with Zen philosophy.

Bitter Pill dose 33 by Bitter Pill: politics 8: Well, I guess we can now guess who is funding Feku, and India most probably is being colonized by his masters under the disguise of democracy.

Crows 3 by Brendan: Great piece by Mr. B, looking through the eyes of a prophet in making?

The Tilbaroo station by Pat Ritters 1: beautiful beginning of a story and a married life, Mr. Ritter, very sweet piece!

Treats:

Happy birthday Mr. Raghunandan!

7 lovely shots- from Agni’s June photography.

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…

Dream Angel 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, Black mist and other stories and Tell me a story- both compilation of stories! 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!

Asgari Bai- Never heard her name, will check out the videos in YouTube.

Anna Pacquain: She is a promising actress, but in this era of comics and superhero movies acting is slowly vanishing from Hollywood, it is now all special effects, no story, no acting!

Om Puri- Big fan of this actor!

Youtubia-Deshbhakt Watched a few episodes of Deshbhakt, he is honest, funny and decent. God bless people like him who are restoring faith on Indians even if slightly.

Minutes Together: Bad cat was one creepy story! Fetching kids is too much!

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

Prahlad- That was one control freak father! Hey if your son loves your enemy let him be, ask him to leave your kingdom! You don’t have any right to kill him!

TnW- When bad things happen- good suggestions!

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 Shraban 1427, July 2020 Critique by Labanya

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Agnijaat Shraban 1427, July 2020
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The fourth birthday of Agnijaat was on 17th July! May you live to be a hundred!

The ezine starts with reminder of upcoming Rakhi and it is really early in August this year, so thanks!

Indie Author Speaks 14: Blurb writing certainly is an art. Few can master it.

FTQFS: Agreed, smiling is a good habit, if you are surrounded by nasty grouches smile in heart.

Techbabble: Agreed again! Can’t they do something about these slippery laptops and tablets? The smart-phones are slippery too but we always use cover on them something we can’t do with laptops or tablets. So for God’s sake use materials that are not slippery!

Corona diaries and Kolkata blues: Covid 19 certainly is proving the incompetence of Indian administration again and again. They can’t handle it from any angle, the spread, the healthcare or taking care of needs of those struck by it and its effects.

SOS: Rest certainly is often snatched away by hyperactive brain.

Intriguing Tales: Arrogance certainly is shortcut to fall, sages left us some hints – Gods can fall because of arrogance, forget about men.

History of India: this month is about geographical division of India. Trip down memory lane! We had to memorize these things!

My Pen: First line of defense: It is a harsh truth, the way we treat the pillars of society in India is a real shame! We will feel ashamed if we think about the way they are treated, not because we are poor nation but because our elected employees don’t care about them or us, all they care about is their own bank-balance.

Fun and Frolic section:

The proposition by Pat Ritter: This one sounds like a nice story again. Hope the ending is positive.

SBPnB Book 7 ocean blue: Sounds like a beautiful book with lots of illustrations.

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

Dr. Sleep: Well, horror movies these days really feel like rants of depraves. This one is no exception I guess.

Indian Raga Now:

Girija Devi- She is awesome! Heard quite a few of her songs in YouTube, will try more.

Marty Robbins- great singer!

Strange and deadly occurrences: Will have to check out the movie in YouTube.

Ashar Shot: lovely photos! That bird’s eyes looked like eyes of cyborgs! Ha! Maybe it was a spy in nature! A bird with google glass!

Youtube channel: Already checked them all out.

Storytime: He is back from Patreon: Loved the story, especially the ending.

Gayatri Jayanti: Well we Hindus certainly love to celebrate! I did not even know about this festival. 

Theme: Dragons- really cute paintings.

The cartoon Mr Stick: Sad reality. The governments since independence have done nothing to improve the condition of poor of this country in legal ways, instead they turn their face when they turn into hoodlum and do illegal things as long as they harass common public it is fine with governments. Easy way out!

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